Dominique Renaud began working at Audemars Piguet in 1980. He received his watchmaker education in Besançon, though his family originally hailed from the Vallée de Joux. Renaud and Guilo Papi, both employed by Audemars Piguet at the time, struck out on their own, founding Renaud & Papi SA in 1986 to explore other avenues of high complication. They did that and so much more!
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 ultra-successful James Bond film franchise celebrated 55 years of existence in 2017 – ‘Dr. No’ appeared in theaters in 1962 – and with it a host of luxury items used in the world-famous film series, including wristwatches. Bond’s love affair with timepieces began with Sean Connery, who wore a Q-modified, gadget-containing Rolex Submariner in ‘Dr. No’ even though his creator, author Ian Fleming, personally wore the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer. A multitude of watch models have come since . . . find out what they are right here!
Elizabeth takes a look at five of Van Cleef & Arpels’s artful SIHH 2018 introductions from the Le Jardin (“Garden”) collection and compares them to their namesake blooms.
Here Gary, Elizabeth, and Ian compare and discuss six areas of the Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece 8 and A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater, two rare and very technical timepieces. And there’s a video so you can see and hear both decimal repeaters to make your own comparison.
Many of you are likely to be asking yourselves, “Who is Gerd-Rüdiger Lang?” Understandable. If we told you he founded Chronoswiss in 1983, you might then say, “Ah, yes.” But did you know that Lang, who sold Chronoswiss in 2012, owns a collection of chronographs that might well be the most complete themed collection of this type in the world? Elizabeth takes us through just a few of the treasures in Lang’s collection.
Armin Strom is an independent Swiss manufacture celebrating ten years of its modern incarnation. The brand’s second life, if you will, came about thanks to two childhood friends, Serge Michel and Claude Greisler.
Contemplating the ancient pyramid at Mayan archeological site Chichén Itzá in the blazing Yucatán sunlight, Elizabeth Doerr was awestruck by the structure’s complexity. Chichén Itzá’s most famous structure was built to be the world’s largest calendar . . . at a time when calendars didn’t even exist!
Quill & Pad’s editor-in-chief, Elizabeth Doerr, and resident gentleman, Martin Green, spontaneously decided to take a small road trip to test out some watches for a day and do a little sightseeing. They chose Cologne, Germany, and took two automobile-themed watches with them: the Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Edition and the Nomos Glashütte Autobahn. Join them for this fun cruise down the highway!
Derek Pratt (1938 – 2009) was perhaps one of the most “complete” watchmakers of our time along with his friend George Daniels. The Swiss-based Englishman was firmly behind and part of many watches and projects that are today common knowledge, while his own name remains relatively hidden.
The Red Dot is one of the most important and widely recognized international design awards. However, until the 2015 edition of the competition, there was no dedicated watch category. That thankfully changed, and Elizabeth Doerr takes us through the 2018 Red Dot watch winners.