At the Astronauts Appreciation Dinner in Houston on November 25, 1969, Omega presented each of the 19 astronauts in attendance with a Reference BA145.022 Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI limited edition. Here Nick Gould highlights seven of those astronauts wearing their very special Speedmasters in celebration of the golden anniversary of the moon landing on July 20, 1969.
Iconic Breguet codes with a contemporary twist
Breguet Marine: inspired by the sea
Manufacture caliber 582QA
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/5-Buzz-Aldrin-Omega-Speedmaster-c-Omega.jpg 1600 1600 Nick Gould https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Nick Gould2019-07-19 22:47:582019-07-20 07:43:417 NASA Astronauts Wearing Their Gold Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo XI Limited Editions: Celebrating 50 Years Of Man On The Moon
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Rolex-Oyster-Perpetual-Sea-Dweller-Deepsea-D-Blue.jpg 760 1500 Ashton Tracy https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Ashton Tracy2019-07-20 04:25:542019-07-18 08:43:57Deeper, Further, Faster: Why Do Some Dive Watches Have Helium Escape Valves? - Reprise
Humans have long had a fascination with the depths of the ocean, striving to go ever deeper, ever further, and ever faster by pushing the limits of the human body, technology, and advancing modern science. But like all things, we are often faced with limits. And the helium escape valve was invented to push one of those limits as watchmaker Ashton Tracy explains.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SULLIVANS-COVE-April-2019-natalie-mendham-53.jpg 1333 2000 Ken Gargett https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Ken Gargett2019-07-17 22:43:242019-07-19 12:35:59Sullivans Cove Makes The Self-Professed World’s Best Single-Malt Whisky, But Does It Measure Up?
Ken Gargett reports that while the Sullivans Cove distillery in Hobart, Tasmania could hardly be further from Scotland, in double-quick time it has established a record that most distilleries around the globe would envy, including more medals, awards, trophies, and golds than Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt at their peaks. Does the concept of Australian whisky sound like an oxymoron to you? Read this and you might change your mind.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Novak-Djokovic-Wimbledon-c-Getty.jpg 1066 1600 Nick Gould https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Nick Gould2019-07-16 22:40:282019-07-18 12:12:41Wrist Watching At Wimbledon 2019 Starring Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Pharrell Williams, Serena Williams, The Duke Of Kent, And Jack Nicklaus
In the Wimbledon 2019 men’s final Novak Djokovic (Seiko) duked it out with Roger Federer (Rolex). Djokovic prevailed in an epic five-set match that lasted almost five hours, setting the record for the longest men’s final at Wimbledon, and lifted the trophy with a Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSH003 on his wrist. What other interesting watches did resident spotter Nick Gould find in the crowd during the fortnight? Find out here!
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Hublot-Classic-Fusion-Ferrari-GT-King-Gold_crown.jpg 1600 1600 Martin Green https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Martin Green2019-07-15 22:39:552019-07-17 05:50:33Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT: The Fourth Time's A Charm
Ferrari is not a brand of evolution, but revolution. It likes to push forward, fueled by Italian passion, to innovate and revolutionize to make its cars faster and more agile. This is pretty much true for Hublot as well, though such a thirst for innovation also means regularly introducing new models. Here Martin Green reviews the latest from the Hublot-Ferrari partnership: the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/PANERAI_SUBMERSIBLE_MIKE_HORN_EDITION_PAM00984_6.jpg 1067 1600 Joshua Munchow https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Joshua Munchow2019-07-14 20:18:512019-07-16 06:11:14Panerai's Eco Initiatives: Change Starts From Within (Plus The Submersible Mike Horn Edition 47mm)
Officine Panerai is known for making dive watches or, more specifically, military-inspired dive and sports watches. The connection with the sea isn’t just a part of Panerai, it IS Panerai. And so one of the brand's goals is to now become as eco-friendly as possible by creating zero-impact manufacturing combined with ethical and environmentally friendly business practices across the board in addition to using recycled materials in its watches. Joshua Munchow takes a look at how this is coming along.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/iso-strong-magnetic-field-symbol.jpg 716 800 Ashton Tracy https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Ashton Tracy2019-07-14 04:18:412019-07-07 11:22:54The Truth About Magnetism And Watches - Reprise
General everyday contact with magnets isn’t going to cause your beloved wristwatch any real harm, but overdoses of magnetism may still present a problem, causing erratic timing and even stoppage altogether as watchmaker Ashton Tracy explains. What to do when this happens?
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Cases_1.jpg 1200 1600 GaryG https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png GaryG2019-07-13 22:45:552019-07-15 06:04:32You Are There: Visiting The Voutilainen & Cattin Case Factory And The Watch Case Museum In Le Noirmont
Ah, watch cases! As regular readers may recall, GaryG has a particular fascination with the outer shells that encase, protect, and enhance the ticking mechanical wonders within. And if watch cases fascinate, why not visit a few case makers? Let’s go!
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Hermes-Carre-H-9W0B5503.jpg 908 1500 Martin Green https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Martin Green2019-07-13 04:17:542019-07-07 11:19:22DNA Approved: How Swiss Watch Brands Are Getting Back On Track - Reprise
What is the most precious element of any watch brand? Its manufacture? Its skilled employees? Its brand ambassadors? Its boutiques? Martin Green thinks that it's none of those, because the most important asset of a brand is its so-called DNA. Here he explains how brands better used their heritage at the 2018 SIHH.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Chopin-Opus-10-No-12-wristshot-c-ch24pl.jpg 1280 1281 Łukasz Doskocz https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Łukasz Doskocz2019-07-12 22:52:162019-07-14 07:58:35Chopin Opus 10 No. 12: The First ‘Etude’ By A Musically Inspired Independent Brand From Poland
The new "Chopin" watch brand is from an unexpected place: Poland. Łukasz Doskocz's home country might be well known for its fine spirits, excellent cuisine, expansive nature, and exceptional hospitality, but watchmaking? Not so much. However, Łukasz feels that this first watch deserves some of our attention.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Bovet-Chateau-de-Motiers-Atelier-Watchmaker-Movement-Assembling-three-dimensional-moon-©patriceschreyer.com_.jpg 1067 1600 Chris Malburg https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Chris Malburg2019-07-11 22:47:372019-07-13 08:48:03Accidents Happen: Inside The Horological Emergency Room At Bovet
Accidents happen. Even to extraordinarily valuable timepieces. How are these catastrophes put back into working condition? What’s the time and the cost involved? Chris Malburg takes us into the emergency room of a world-class manufacturer to answer these questions and more.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/New-Bentley-Flying-Spur-2.jpg 724 1600 Martin Green https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Martin Green2019-07-10 22:39:402019-07-12 06:13:24The 2019 Bentley Flying Spur: Don't Let The Chauffeur Have All The Fun
There is no shortage of choice for powerful luxurious cruisers, which begs the question that if such incredible, every-wish-fulfilling cars exist why would you buy Bentley’s new Flying Spur? Martin Green thinks that the answer is simple: because it is a Bentley. As the new Flying Spur so elegantly illustrates.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Craggy-Range-winery.jpg 3070 5464 Ken Gargett https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Ken Gargett2019-07-09 22:47:562019-07-11 06:31:21New Zealand's Craggy Range Winery And The Revelatory Le Sol Syrah: Tasting Notes Inside
Ken Gargett believes that the Craggy Range's Le Sol is one of those wines that will age with grace for many years, but that it is simply so full of joy and so delicious as it is now that a lot of bottles will die young. And here is why.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Serena-Williams-Wimbledon-Audemars-Piguet-c-Getty-Images.jpg 1213 1132 Nick Gould https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Nick Gould2019-07-08 22:42:092019-07-10 06:43:48Wrist Watching: Serena Williams Wearing Her Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 37mm Upside Down At Wimbledon 2019
With Wimbledon 2019 well underway, Nick Gould has noticed that champion tennis player Serena Williams has been wearing a 37 mm Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in stainless steel with a diamond bezel. But he also noticed something peculiar about the way Williams is wearing her watch: she has been wearing it upside down while playing!
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Fitting-Rolex-balance-wheel-and-Parachrom-hairspring.jpg 1180 1180 Ashton Tracy https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Ashton Tracy2019-07-07 04:26:582019-07-01 12:02:51Is Silicon Here To Stay In (Rolex) Watch Movements? - Reprise
Hairsprings are miniscule. Generally no more than one centimeter in overall diameter when coiled, they are roughly 50 microns thick and 150 microns wide. Tiny they may be, but insignificant they are not. In fact, they are so significant that Rolex refers to them as “the guardians of time.” But what do silicon hairsprings bring to the table? Watchmaker Ashton Tracy explains why he went from skeptic to fan.
https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Habring2-Perpetual-Doppel_wrist_5483.jpg 1600 1599 Martin Green https://quillandpad.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/logo-header-scroll-qandp-335x193.png Martin Green2019-07-06 22:39:242019-07-08 06:16:57Habring2 Perpetual-Doppel Perpetual Calendar Split-Seconds Chronograph Hands On: A Large Celebration Of Being Small
For Martin Green, one of the true pleasures of being a watch journalist is the ability to try out watches before they even hit the market. This joy increases when the watch in question is of a rare breed like the Habring2 Perpetual-Doppel, a seldom-seen combination of perpetual calendar and split-seconds chronograph. Habring2 unites these two complications in one watch to celebrate the independent watch brand's 15th anniversary.