Welcome to the 2018 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The finalists in the Men’s category are: the Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain, De Bethune Steel Wheels, H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Flying Hours, MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendrier 1942, and Kari Voutilainen’s 217QRS. And the panel seems to have a preference!
About Ian Skellern
I am the co-founder and technical editor of Quill & Pad. I am also a Swiss-based independent journalist specializing in high-end watches and founder of 'underthedial', a digital communication agency focusing on independent brands. I am also the author of 'Hands of Time,' a book celebrating the 25th anniversary of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants).
Entries by Ian Skellern
Emmanuel Bouchet first came to our attention with the incredibly animated Opus 12 for Harry Winston. He has now launched his own brand with Complication 1, which pays homage to the ubiquitous Swiss lever escapement with his own extremely slow-beating, giant Swiss lever escapement placed dial-side. And that’s just the beginning!
Welcome to the 2018 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The finalists in the Ladies category are: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton, Chaumet Laurier, Bulgari Lucea Tubogas Skeleton, Piaget Possession Lapis Lazuli, Bovet 1822 Amadeo Fleurier 39 Fan, and Moritz Grossmann’s Tefnut Twist Classic. Our panel had a clear favorite.
Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s have partnered to bring the first International Horology Forum to London on September 11-12, 2018. The overall theme centers around bridging the gap between innovation and tradition, though the planned discussions tend to be wide ranging. We hope to see you there, but you can also follow the Horology Panels live streaming on IGTV. Check out the “best of British” speakers and times here.
Oleg would like to start a collection with a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch and his budget is $6,000-$12,000. What should he buy? We ask readers for suggestions.
Ian Skellern and his wife serendipitously chanced upon “seeing” the aurora borealis while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the excitement of that led to months of research. And that research led to spending a few days in the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden. Here is what I’ve learned about the northern lights so far, some of it firsthand.
For those of you not aware of who, or what, Roland Iten is then the two words − though not the only two − you need to know are “belt buckles.” High-end belt buckles. Belt buckles crafted like high-end watches. Crafted so well that both Sylvester Stallone and Ian Skellern are big fans.
Dynamic, or flexible, pricing for new watches might seem crazy at first glance and a radical retail strategy, but Ian Skellern thinks it could be the future of retail. Here’s why.
While Ian Skellern had visited German watch brands in Glashütte before, a recent visit to Tutima was his first. And he was surprised, in more ways than one. Starting with that glass floor and finishing in an all-female regatta.
In early June 2018, nearly 200 people from all corners of the planet traveled to the the quiet Vallée de Joux in Switzerland to celebrate independent watchmaker Philippe Dufour’s 70th birthday party. Ian Skellern thought the occasion might make for a nice film and asked a few old friends to help out.