It’s not just the Đông Sơn drum theme of these two quite different collector’s items by watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin and pen maker Grayson Tighe that caught Elizabeth’seye: it was the actual pieces themselves, which were inspired by the indigenous people of the Red River Delta of Vietnam.
About Elizabeth Doerr
I am the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Quill & Pad. Specialized in horological publishing since my first Basel Fair in 1991, I have contributed to magazines, newspapers and websites too numerous to recount here.
My primary focus remains on the technical side of high watchmaking where progress meets tradition, but I often also profile the colorful personalities and historical elements that make up this surprisingly diverse and compelling world of ticks and tocks.
Entries by Elizabeth Doerr
The vintage watch train keeps rolling right along – in great part thanks to enthusiast authors like watchmaker Sébastien Chaulmontet (who co-wrote ‘Chronographs for Collectors’) and vintage forum owner Alistair Gibbons, who has just published a book on vintage watches called ‘Chasing Time.’ Find out much more about the book right here.
Late in 2015 the news came through that A.H.C.I. co-founder Svend Andersen had sold his company. But how did Andersen get here? Let’s take a quick tour of 53 years’ worth of independent horology the Danish way to find out, which includes an extravaganza of worldtimers, unusual erotic watches, and even poker-playing dogs.
On June 22, 2018 Julien’s Auctions is set to auction thousands of items from Jerry Lewis’s life. Naturally, this auction will take place in Las Vegas where the comedian performed so often.
Discover in this video how a Geneva symposium’s aim was to explain the indubitable reality of the arrival of synthetic diamonds in the world of watchmaking and to demonstrate how it is possible to differentiate natural from lab-grown stones.
Thanks to a recently implemented product strategy for road cars, McLaren has begun making them much more accessible for normal street driving. And the 570s is one of these: a McLaren for non-professional lovers of great cars. Go on a test drive with Elizabeth right here!
The Mutua Madrid Open is a young tournament; it crowned just its thirteenth winner on May 11, 2014. This winner happens to be world number one Rafael Nadal. And Nadal was wearing an evolution of the groundbreaking ultra-light RM 027. In lightness as in its $690,000 price tag, this watch breaks all kinds of records.
Tennis fans have probably already taken note: world number three Alexander Zverev has been playing his hard-hitting brand of predominately baseline tennis with a Richard Mille strapped to his wrist. Zverev plays with his own version of the RM 67-02, which he debuted at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in May 2018. Find out more about it right here.
In 1995, Piaget was part of the Vendôme group that would later become Richemont. Piaget entered the highest end of the watch market by releasing a grande sonnerie wristwatch, which was developed by François-Paul Journe. At the time, Journe was a freelance movement designer and hadn’t officially founded F.P. Journe yet.
Since opening to the public ten years ago, the German Watch Museum Glashütte has attracted approximately 365,000 visitors from a total of 114 countries. In this article Elizabeth Doerr takes us through a brief history of this iconic building situated in the heart of Glashütte and explains why it is well worth a visit.