Top 10 Most Popular Posts Of 2019 On Quill & Pad
As read by you, here are the top 10 most viewed articles on Quill & Pad in 2019. There are likely to be a few surprises.
Drum roll, please: in no particular order, our top ten most viewed articles of 2019 were . . .
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson And Jason Statham’s Cool Watches In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs And Shaw
The first spinoff film from “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw, was released on August 2, 2019 featuring two compelling characters from the previous films: Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham.
Both Johnson and Statham are known to be watch lovers and frequently wear their own timepieces in movies. Here, resident spotter Nick Gould identifies what’s on their wrists in the film.
Top 5 Value-For-Money Watches At SIHH 2019 From Jaeger-LeCoultre, Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Montblanc, And IWC
Łukasz Doskocz’s story Give Me Five! 5 Of The Best Value-For-Money Watches At SIHH 2018 landed in the top ten most read posts of 2018, so he thought it would be a great idea to pick these watches out at SIHH again.
And happily the 2019 edition of the fair did not disappoint with some great new relatively affordable timepieces launched!
Martin Green decidedly favors dress watches, but whenever there is a sports watch on his wrist there is a high probability that it is a Seamaster.
So he was quite excited when Omega presented many new Seamasters during the Swatch Group’s Time to Move event. Here is a complete overview of them.
At SIHH 2019, George Cramer was pleased to see a stunning new historically inspired Santos-Dumont model in stainless steel. And to his eye it looks even better than the model from the now-defunct Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP) line.
And if you’re wondering about the CPCP line, then this is a must-read: The Rise And Fall Of Fine Watchmaking At Cartier: It’s Been Surprisingly Complicated.
Which Rolex Movement Takes The Top Spot? A Watchmaker’s Comparison Of Rolex Calibers 3135 And 3235, And Which Is Better?
Ask any watchmaker about the Rolex 31x family of calibers and the story will be the same: it has stood the test of time. Ashton Tracy hasn’t met a single watchmaker who doesn’t love working on these workhorse Rolex movements. They are easy to service, keep great time, and stand up to abuse. Put simply: they work.
So how does the 31 family stand up to new big brother, Caliber 3235? Find out right here from an experienced watchmaker who has worked on plenty of these movements.
Yep, it’s controversial. That doesn’t make it any less interesting, apparently.
Mention the name Fidel Castro in watch circles and the first thing springing to mind for many (readers here) is the Rolex GMT-Master with bi-color bezel that was so frequently seen on his wrist throughout his life next to the gold Rolex Datejust that he wore on the same wrist (the consensus seems to be that Castro wore two watches to keep the time in both Havana and Moscow handy).
However, Nick Gould has found yet another interesting detail pertaining to Castro’s small collection of Rolexes, which he divulges here.
Since Baselworld 2018, Rolex has subtly been revisiting its 36 mm Datejust models.
The two stainless steel/white gold models revealed at Baselworld 2019 were the last of these, and here Saad Chaudhry delves into the new and improved details of this important modern wristwatch.
Yes, You Must Pay Duties And Taxes On Your Personal Watches When Traveling, But Here’s How To Avoid The Worst
Watch enthusiasts traveling into Switzerland, Germany, Japan, China, and the United States are targets of opportunity for border customs police.
In this post, Chris Malburg shows how to avoid paying more in duties and taxes than necessary while simultaneously avoiding the embarrassment of being suspected of smuggling legitimately purchased watches.
A common question in watch servicing/restoration is, “Who does the ‘best’ work?” In a word (or three), what is meant here is superficial case refinishing.
And in other words: huge chamfers on Rolex cases, perfectly flat surfaces, and well executed sunburst patterns. And that’s got watchmaker Aston Tracy ranting.
Find out why here.
Wrist Watching: Update On 007’s Potential Omega Seamaster On The Wrist Of Daniel Craig In The As Yet Untitled ‘Bond 25’
Apparently, there are a lot of James Bond fans in the watch world. And many of them seem to read Quill & Pad.
When filming commenced on the new, then untitled, 25th film in the James Bond series in London, footage appeared in the media confirming the reappearance of the Aston Martin V8 from The Living Daylights as well as the movie’s star, Daniel Craig, in more scenes in a suit and tie, all while sporting a split lip and bruised knuckles – and a glimpse of his wristwatch.
Resident spotter Nick Gould was immediately on the scene to start figuring out what Bond would be wearing on his wrist in the film we now know is entitled No Time To Die, set to come out in April 2020.
Nick has yet to comment on the now-revealed Bond watch, but maybe he will do that soon.