Right now the world turns its collective eyes to what is perhaps the one event that, despite political and social issues, has the power to unite: the Olympic Games. And not only in our little world of ticks and tocks does the world take note that one of the main sponsors is the watch brand Omega. Here is a brief overview of how Omega timed the Games in 2014.
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
On the last day of SIHH 2018 in Geneva, Elizabeth and Ian met with Marc André Deschoux of Watches TV to discuss what we had seen during the second part of the fair.
After Fabergé merged with Gemfields in 2013, this historical brand became a specialist in colored stones, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to wear one of its lovely high-jewelry necklaces featuring emeralds to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2017, where I was in the jury. I also had the chance to wear the enigmatic and beautiful Lady Compliquée Peacock Black.
Many watch aficionados are likely to be familiar with Chrono24, the world’s leading watch platform for buying and selling new, vintage, and pre-owned watches. Well, it just held its first GTG in Karlsruhe, where the company is based. Elizabeth Doerr attended and now gives us a first-hand report.
It is now a real tradition for watchmakers to observe Chinese New Year by creating beautiful, decorative timepieces adorned with some symbolic depiction of the appropriate sign of the Chinese zodiac, often using rare, artistic techniques to pay tribute to the eastern calendar. And the Year of the Dog beginning on February 16, 2018 is no exception!
La Montre Hermès moved from Baselworld to Geneva for the 2018 SIHH and picked the perfect theme for its debut there: “Let’s Play.” The brand’s fun-filled booth and watches were a welcome contrast to the often overly serious business side of the fair. Check them out right here!
The unabashed star of Greubel Forsey’s 2018 SIHH presentations was the GMT Earth, which enables a simultaneous view of three separate time zones and features an enchanting three-dimensional titanium globe showing universal time (both summer and winter) on the back. And the gorgeous new Différentiel d’Égalité is equally as technical. Check out these new watches from SIHH 2018 right here.
Please join our Quill & Pad round table discussion where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at the 2018 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) as well as pick watches we would buy with our own money.
Philippe Dufour, watchmaker, legend, and frank opinionator, was asked by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) to choose his top five watches of the 2018 SIHH. While some of his choices may seem unusual, they absolutely resonated with me!
Montblanc presents a brand-new look and concept for its 1858 collection of 2018, which now exudes a distinct outdoorsy vibe. The main message here is a clearer, more simplified concept, integrating the outdoors and the idea of a more natural lifestyle into the new watches. What do you think?