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Quill & Pad is an online magazine perpetuating the art of high-quality, long-form journalism with in-depth reports and exclusive photos and videos.

Founded by Elizabeth Doerr and Ian Skellern, Quill & Pad sees two well-established voices in the fine watch industry adding their professionalism and experience to the world of new media. With a combined 40 years of professional background in publishing on fine watchmaking, Elizabeth Doerr and Ian Skellern have provided textual and photographic joy to millions of connoisseurs, budding enthusiasts and serious collectors of haute horlogerie in print and online.

Elizabeth Doerr

More than twenty years in watch publishing began when the German publishing house I worked for started the magazine ArmbandUhren. I have since walked down an interesting path full of rich experience. Leaving that job to start a family in late 1996, I became a freelancer with my main publications in those years iW (International Watch) and Wristwatch Annual, which I started on the American market in conjunction with my previous employer and Abbeville Press in New York. I remained senior editor of Wristwatch Annual for 11 editions.

What was once a job has become a full-blown passion, and my optimistic American attitude has kept me in Europe, where I have resided since 1988, as I am closer to the watch scene here. This, in turn, has also made me a sought-after contributor to a variety of magazines, an oft-quoted specialist in newspapers, and a frequent member of various industry juries and committees. Prominently, these include the prestigious Cultural Committee of the FHH (Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie) and participation in the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 juries of watchmaking’s “Oscars,” the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

I have written for many magazines and other publications throughout my long career, including (but by a long shot not restricted to) Robb Report, Cigar Aficionado, Esquire UK, Hollywood Reporter, Harper’s Bazaar Australia, Vanity Fair ‘On Time,’ Hagerty Classic Cars, Architectural Digest Germany, Tatler Hong Kong, Surface, and

With media making an increasingly prominent move toward the digital world, in 2009 I also moved part of my focus online and became head of English-language content at Switzerland’s until its relaunch in early 2013. Today, I also collaborate with The Watches TV, the first video magazine in the watch world.

Additionally, I have dabbled in books: I co-authored Elite Timepieces in 2008 and wrote 12 Faces of Time, an artistic look at independent watchmaking, which was published by teNeues in February 2010. In the spring of 2015, Watchprint published Bridging Art and Mechanics: The Unabridged Story of the Corum Golden Bridge, a book about one of my favorite watches of all time.

American by birth, I have made my permanent home in Germany since 1988 – now with a husband, two teenage children and a Persian cat in southern Germany, on the edge of the wondrously beautiful Black Forest.

Ian Skellern

In 1984, I left Australia to travel the world for a year with just enough money in my pocket to last me for around two months. I knew that planet earth was a big place, but a year is a long time and, seriously, how long could it possibly take? Well in my case, 30 years and still counting! I have called a village in the Swiss countryside between Geneva and Lausanne home for nearly two decades now, and for much of that time I’ve been sharing my passion for watches and watchmakers, especially the independents.

ThePuristS was my first digital horological home, and I was very fortunate to have been there during a golden age, learning from many incredible people. Posting articles and photos online at ThePuristS led to publishing in magazines such as iW (International Watch), and I became its Swiss correspondent for many years. Since then I have written for Robb Report, Wynn Magazine, Revolution, Vanity Fair (UK) and QP (who I still write for fairly regularly). Peter Speake-Marin had the idea for a book to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the A.H.C.I. in 2010, and I wrote The Hands of Time, which we published that year.

Otherwise in the online world, I’ve been a moderator at ThePuristS (now PuristS Pro), moderator and administrator for Revolution Online and even written a few travel articles for the irreverent but fun The Prodigal Guide.

Along the way, I’ve also learnt a little about photography; just enough to be competent with a camera from time to time and be able to appreciate those who make it an art form.

But man  − well, not this man anyway  − cannot live by writing about watches for magazines and blogs alone, and in 2008 I started a small company called underthedial to provide marketing and communication services to small brands and independents.

While I’ve thought about launching my own blog many times over the years and had quite a few interesting offers, nothing really inspired me until a conversation with Elizabeth early in 2013 led to Quill & Pad. As somebody who loves watches and watchmaking, I feel incredibly fortunate to be living at the epicentre of high-end watchmaking at an incredibly creative period in time and feel honoured to be able to share this world with an audience of like-minded souls.

Joshua Munchow

I am the resident “nerdwriter” for Quill & Pad. I revel in the complicated aspects of watchmaking thanks to a lifelong love of gears and clever mechanisms. With a background in model-making, machining, and dissecting anything I could as a child, I bring a natural technical curiosity to my writing.

My day job with a design firm as technical development lead (in other words, head prototype-maker guy) gives me a thorough understanding of how things are supposed to work. Combining this with a healthy dose of geekery in numerous subjects sometimes results in interesting word explosions that are all me – like “awesomazingatude.” You may have already seen these “wordinations” on, where I began my writing career thanks to founder Ernie Romers.

For more, please have a look at Elizabeth Doerr’s introduction “Introducing Resident ‘Nerdwriter’ Joshua Munchow.”


I am the resident “collector” for Quill & Pad. My enduring love affair with good watchmaking began in my formative years and has accompanied me throughout my adult life. In the fortunate position to be able to acquire luxury timepieces as an adult, I am choosy in terms of quality and meaning and do not follow the mainstream art of collecting as it is primarily understood today.

I have been an active contributor to online horological fora for about a decade as I have also become very interested in learning the art of macro photography and even take lessons with wizard photographer Ming Thein. I joined Quill & Pad as the concept of talking about what interests the contributors (and therefore the readers) rather than the act of being an amplifier for industry press releases appeals to me greatly.

For more, please have a look at Elizabeth Doerr’s introduction “Introducing Resident ‘Collector’ GaryG.”

Nancy Olson

I am the resident “pen expert” for Quill & Pad: I literally put the “quill” in the name. I began my path with a fascination of the lever filler and the nib of my father’s gold-nibbed Sheaffer fountain pen, and though I never dared put ink in it I knew the pen was something special and deeply connected to my family’s history.

From that day forward, my writing has focused on collectible vintage writing instruments, modern pens, visits of major and independent pen manufactories worldwide and a fascination with handmade and hand-finished products as well as the artisans who create them. And then I stumbled on to watches.

For more, please have a look at Elizabeth’s introduction of me Putting The ‘Quill’ In Quill & Pad: Introducing Resident ‘Pen Expert’ Nancy Olson and be sure to follow my pen and handwriting musings on my blog, NancyOlsonInk.

Chris Malburg

I began my professional life as an investment banker in Los Angeles, but I became a writer just as soon as I could thanks to Stanford’s writing school. With four million words in print spread over magazine articles, 28 business and finance books, and four novels (the latest, Man of Honor, came out in January 2017), you’ve got to love the art to survive.

When I was a practicing CPA, I developed a deep respect for the value of time. After all, it was my time (billed in expensive hourly chunks) that kept the wolf from the door. From there it was a small leap into precision timepieces. I prefer the working man’s watches, preferably in blue. Why? No idea. But the more utilitarian, the better. If they were used in a trade and have wear marks I want to know just how the piece came to be worn in that particular way.

There is nothing I like more than diving into a pithy horological question and communicating the (little known and often surprising) answer to readers. And I love hearing from readers, so please do e-mail me at [email protected].

Chris Malburg
What Makes Me Tick

What Makes Me Tick

I am the resident storyteller and opinionator on Quill & Pad.

Frankly, I’m surprised to be part of this amazing team and surrounded by such great minds and pens. At best, my abysmal knowledge of horology is counterbalanced by my having an opinion on everything and an immense desire to share it with everyone here on Quill & Pad.

If you want to read about technical aspects, vintage watches, pens, or see great photography, then keep going, but if you want some Marx Brothers meets Monty Python with a pinch of Mark Rothko, then please bear with me.

According to Mrs. Ecton, my seventh-grade English teacher, the only subject I was able to more or less master was myself, so that’s what I write about! I’ll be sharing my thoughts on watches, those who make them, and those who love them, with the occasional shoe story thrown in because everyone knows the saying: “Your minute repeater chimes better when you’re wearing John Lobb.” I seriously believe that you can’t go around wearing a fantastic watch with crappy shoes. (And vice versa.)

For interesting watch photos and occasional shoe porn check out my What Makes Me Tick Facebook account.

For a crazy mix of watches and shoes, have a look at my Instagram @whatmakesmetick.

Martin Green

I am the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad. A Dutch national with familial ties to the United States of America, I unwittingly landed in the world of watches just before I turned 18. My grandfather always had an interest in timepieces, and I decided that I would celebrate my eighteenth birthday with the purchase of my very first Swiss wristwatch.

Little did I know that this would open a wormhole propelling me into a universe that I am now very happy to call home. Nearly two decades have since passed, and during that time I have had the privilege to write for respected publications such as Monochrome, Christie’s Longitude, Troisanneaux, and Revolution. I currently serve as editor-at-large for Haute Time, a magazine and website aimed at the top of the market.

I have a deep-rooted passion for watches. And while being a gentleman perfectly describes my approach to life, it does also require the development of eclectic knowledge that goes beyond beautiful timepieces.

Therefore, I also hope to enrich Quill & Pad with various watch and non-watch-related articles that are luxurious in nature, but which could nevertheless be quite interesting to watch-crazy readers.

Martin Green

John Keil

I purchased my first real watch with the very first paycheck I’d earned after graduating from university. Not because I liked or knew anything at all about watches, but because all of the successful people I knew wore really nice (and expensive) watches on their wrists. A young go-getter, I thought to myself that if I’m going to be successful, I would need to look the part with a nice watch. At that time, I never would have guessed that that one watch would lead to a passion and a career spanning almost two decades so far.

I am now Quill & Pad’s resident retail expert, and I’m also the contributor with neither experience nor training in writing. (I do, however, have a very down-to-earth vibe and love to share my love of fine timepieces!) I have spent a handful of years on the wholesale side of the watch industry as the U.S. national sales manager of a brand and 14 years managing a fine watch and jewelry retailer.

I left retail a few years ago to do my “own thing,” which consists of consulting for watch retailers with the aim of improving their businesses, working with private watch collectors in various ways, and as a freelance project manager. In 2015, as a hobby I started a small (now defunct) blog about watches, posting every day. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

I am excited to continue to share my knowledge and thoughts on the watch industry here on Quill & Pad. I write about anything related to timepieces, however you shouldn’t expect that I take myself too seriously. I may even make you laugh from time to time. Oh, and don’t forget to admire my complicated and beautiful horologically inclined tattoo if you should ever meet me in person.

Nola Martin

I am Quill & Pad’s resident “lifestyle guru”: I love to discover the personal stories behind watches. Tallying up more than fifteen years’ worth of experience in the luxury arena, I relate interesting stories with a humanistic and lifestyle edge while also providing insight from several perspectives, including both media and retail angles, to my own personal vantage point.

My journey to a love of watches started when I moved from the United States to Basel, Switzerland back in 2012. I was eager to explore Europe, taste every bit of Swiss chocolate I could get my hands on, and ski as many pistes as possible. An added bonus from moving to Switzerland was the opportunity to become the Swiss correspondent and managing editor for International Watch magazine. I dug in.

That experience allowed me to absorb the storied history of watches, have inside access to manufacture tours, and immerse myself in unbelievable experiences rooted in timepieces. I am now obsessed with these little time-tellers.

Ryan Schmidt

Ryan Schmidt

By night I have become the author of The Wristwatch Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Mechanical Wristwatches, though by day I am an auditor with post-graduate qualifications in accounting, law, and human rights.

I am a dual US/UK citizen, currently living in New York City, having moved from the UK in 2012. Over the last ten years I have travelled the world in my various professional roles with a global data company, a media conglomerate, and a world-leading auction house.

During this time I have cultivated a distinct enthusiasm for mechanical wristwatches, which has grown from a quiet hobby into something approaching expertise. I owe this growth to a network of industry insiders from brand CEOs, to watchmakers, journalists, auction specialists, and fellow watch enthusiasts.

I am active on many online fora, a member of the Horological Society of New York, and hold a certificate in watchmaking knowledge issued by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

I can be followed on Instagram at @iamcalledryan and @wristwatchhandbook. For more information about my book, please visit

Alex Ghotbi

I’m one of the lucky guys who has managed to turn my passion into a profession!

I started being interested in watches in my teens (don’t ask me when that was as probably most of you reading this weren’t even born yet!). Wanting to find other WIS to share my passion with led me to co-found ThePurists (now Watchprosite) in 2001. This was followed by launching The Hour Lounge, the Vacheron Constantin discussion forum in 2007.

This route actually helped me turn my passion into a profession as a year later, in 2008, I left my job as a finance lawyer in Paris to join Vacheron Constantin as head of social media and community management, at which time I also set up the Vacheron Constantin collectors’ club. Basically, I was paid to travel the world to meet collectors and talk about watches . . . the dream job!

In April 2016 I left Vacheron Constantin to join the watch department of Phillips in Geneva, so now my days are spent surrounded by the rarest and most amazing vintage watches . . . dream job MK II.

I’m also part of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie think tank – better known as the cultural council – and have written four books on Vacheron Constantin calibers (the writing is poor but the photos are great).

I’m crazy about vintage watches and independent horology. I also want to let everyone know how happy I am to be part of this amazing team.

Sabine Zwettler

Sabine Zwettler

German by birth but a resident of the United States for the past ten years, I have been involved in publishing in the wristwatch sector since 2003, when I started working with German magazine Uhren-Magazin, which specializes in fine mechanical timepieces.

Although I had never been in touch with watches before that, I instantly recognized the unique sophistication, beauty, and tradition that go with these tiny, fascinating mechanisms. Since then, my fascination with the world of watches and its people has continued to grow.

I am particularly fond of the art of independent watchmaking and the diversity of the manufacturers of my home country, Germany, which I share in regular contributions to many magazines since my second passion is publishing in all its various forms.

Ken Gargett

Born and bred in Brisbane, Australia, I enjoyed a non-trendy, perfectly happy childhood in a family convinced alcohol meant instant condemnation to Hades before studying law at Queensland University. On a fishing trip, someone opened a good bottle of port and so commenced a serious obsession. I then studied in London, then worked London, Washington DC, and Sydney in banking law (pleased to be out of that now, even if my bank manager disagrees). Returning home, I was asked to do some occasional wine writing by friends who knew of my obsession. Eventually, it took over.

Needless to say, I am a grave disappointment to my family. My mother, when told I was off to a “vertical tasting,” was overheard muttering that at least you’d think these people could afford chairs. Later, she severely chastised me for drinking Pol champagne, disgusted I’d drink anything made by a Cambodian dictator. It has not been easy.

Now, I mostly write on wine for newspapers, various magazines, and internet publications – and I do a little on cigars, fishing, travel, and food.

When not writing, I am fly-fishing for trout in New Zealand and bonefish on the flats of Cuba, traveling, smoking cigars, following a variety of sporting teams (the too-rarely glorious Queensland Reds rugby, dysfunctional Washington Redskins, too-often dismal Arsenal), and especially reveling in the world restored to its proper axis with the return of the Ashes to their rightful home (Rugby World Cup next).

Ashton Tracy

Ashton Tracy

Horology runs deep through my veins. Born in New Zealand, I moved to Australia at a young age. When I was 16 my family moved to the U.K., and at 18 I began attending the British School of Watchmaking in Manchester, where I achieved my WOSTEP diploma after completing the 3,000-hour course. I set up shop in Clerkenwell, London, the home of British watchmaking, working for several local dealers of fine vintage and modern timepieces and eventually becoming the official U.K. service center for Linde Werdelin. Vintage chronographs and military IWCs became a personal favorite of mine and I serviced them in droves.

Not too long after, I was missing the southern hemisphere so I decided to move to Melbourne, Australia. It was there that I became the Australian service center for Montblanc and recommended repairer for various other dealers and brands. I did everything from battery changes in Raymond Weils to overhauls on IWC Big Pilots.

Many years later I met my beautiful wife and we decided to move to her home country of Canada. It was there I worked for Rolex and trained on the 31, 21, and 22 families, Calibers 4030, 4130, Yachtmaster II, and most recently the 3235/55. I have repaired countless watches for dozens of brands, I know the ins and outs of calibers and watchmaking in general.

Writing and horology have always been passions of mine. As of 2018 I have decided to combine the two and make it my full-time endeavor as I take some time to travel (currently in Central America). The focus of my articles is to enlighten the reader with the more technical aspects of watchmaking and make them more transparent: I dive deep to find out if the claims of the watch industry really live up to the hype. Repeating press releases is not my game, I focus on how modern horological advances affect you, the reader and end consumer.

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