Entries by Ian Skellern

Our Predictions For Best Men’s Watch At The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (Hint: Spoilt For Choice)

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!

Complication One By Emmanuel Bouchet Featuring A Giant Swiss Lever Escapement – With Video (Archive)

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!

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Ladies Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

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.

London Calling! Horology Forum Hosted By Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s September 11-12, 2018

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.

The How, What, When, Where And Why Of Seeing The Aurora Borealis, AKA Northern Lights (Archive)

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.

A Tale Of Belt Buckles Starring Sylvester Stallone, Roland Iten . . . And Me (Archive)

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.