Breguet Classique Reference 7147

Give Me Five! 5 Impressive Dress Watches From 2017

The classic dress watch gives you the same feeling that a good pair of perfectly fitting jeans or comfortable pullover does. For some of us, it might almost provide a sense of home. But most of all, it looks good in any situation. Here are Sabine Zwettler’s five favorite examples from 2017.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military with eggshell-colored dial on the wrist

Ulysse Nardin Adds A Casual Military Look To The Marine Torpilleur Collection

Delighting fans of Ulysse Nardin’s sporty side, the Marine line was enriched by the new Torpilleur in the summer of 2017, whose raison d’être was to introduce an entry-level price point to the line. Now, new limited editions of the certified chronometer with a decidedly new vintage feel and some military inspiration add a salty breeze to the new line.

De Bethune DB28 with silicon/platinum annular balance

The Schmidt List: 5 Extraordinary Balance Wheels

The balance wheel is the regulatory organ of a mechanical watch, which is expected to deliver a consistent frequency with a tolerance of as little as 0.001 percent. With so much at stake, why complicate things by altering a pure and simple geometric shape? Why reinvent the wheel? Well, here are five balances that definitely did reinvent the wheel.

Ulysse Nardin Stranger 'Quaumi Tarana' on the wrist

Ulysse Nardin’s Anthemic Stranger Now Plays Pakistani ‘Qaumi Tarana’

At a time when the launch of a limited edition by one brand or another seems like an almost weekly occurrence, the Ulysse Nardin Stranger Anthem, which plays the Pakistani national anthem ‘Quaumi Tarana,’ is well worth attention.

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 for Only Watch

Here’s Why: The Chronograph Is The New Tourbillon

Based on the most popular releases of 2017, it is possible that the almighty tourbillon may about to be usurped by something new and rather old at the same time: the chronograph. In this installment of Joshua Munchow’s “Here’s Why” series, he explores why the chronograph is the new tourbillon.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - 47 mm

Give Me Five! 5 Blue Dials: A New Blue Period Has Begun With These Watches From Panerai, IWC, Chopard, Andersen Genève, And Ulysse Nardin

The trend toward blue has been in evidence for the last couple of years, adorning many haute horlogerie timepieces. Powerful royal and midnight blues and touches of turquoise add cool flairs to delicate sky- and ocean-colored hues. Blue has stood the test of time because it comes in such a remarkable variety of shades and nuances – from mysterious and dazzling to elegant and classic. Here are five blue-dialed watches freshly introduced in 2017.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon

The Enticing Qualities Of “Entry-Level” Tourbillons

If there is one complicated element that has been in a whirlwind (pun intended) of developments, it has been the tourbillon. And while tourbillons are still fairly expensive, you don’t have to spend $100,000 anymore, as many brands now have great offerings for even a third of that amount.

What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Plus How Well Our Panel’s Forecasts Did

In this final round table discussion of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the Quill & Pad team discusses the amazing evening of November 8, 2017 and what we thought of the big night’s winners (and losers).

Pre-selected Sports watches for the 2016 GPHG above clockwise from top left: Grand Seiko The Hi-Beat 36000 Professional 600m Diver’s, Hublot Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph, MB&F Horological Machine No7 Aquapod, Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100, Tudor Pelagos LHD, and Ulysse Nardin Marine Regatta

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Sports Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve

A lot of great sports watches came out this year, many of which were able to break the mold of what a sports watch should look like or can do. This is vital for the industry as it retains the attention of potential buyers and shows that there is still creativity in one of the most popular watch segments. See what our panel thinks of the shortlisted watches in the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’s Sports category.

pre-selected Tourbillon watches for the 2017 GPHG are, clockwise from top left above: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph, Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, David Candaux 1740 – The First 8, Beat Haldimann Central Balance Pure H12, Louis Moinet Mobilis, and Ulysse Nardin Marine Tourbillon

Our Predictions In The Tourbillon And Escapement Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And We Are Split Over 3 Watches

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. In this edition, our panel wades through the difficult Tourbillon and Escapement Category trying to select a winner.