Entries by Ian Skellern

HM3 Megawind Final Edition By MB&F: Let There Be Light!

First presented in 2009, HM3 went on to become not only MB&F’s most successful model in terms of pieces delivered, it is also the most successful in terms of the number of variations it has spawned, including the appropriately named Frog. However, all good things must come to an end, and the curtain comes down on HM3 collection with HM3 Megawind Final Edition, a watch bringing (lume) light into the darkness.

The Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device Goes ‘Easy Rider’

“It’s not a pocket watch,” Felix Baumgartner, Urwerk’s co-founder and chief watchmaker, emphasized to me, “It’s a ‘Zeit Device’.” This ultra-complicated calendar-cum-pocket watch is one of the most unique timepieces in the horological world today. Enjoy its starring role in this new ‘Easy Rider’-style video.

Put A Smile On Her Face This Valentine’s Day With Piaget Haute Joaillerie

Piaget has a fairly impressive haute joaillerie collection. Two of the jewelry pieces caught my eye recently, and I thought I’d share them here in case anyone is still looking for that special something for Valentine’s Day. Yes, it may well be too late to pick up one of these scintillating baubles in time, but between you and me, I really don’t think that she will mind waiting.

Quill & Pad SIHH 2015 Awards

The Quill & Pad SIHH 2015 “Awards” highlights a few of the watches and ancillary eye-candy that attracted our attention and made us cry out with awe, amazement, and, at times, even laughter. These awards are presented in the spirit of fun and are, at times, quite tongue-in-cheek. So without further ado, here’s what caught our eyes at SIHH 2015.

Give Me Five! 5 Tourbillons From SIHH 2015

A tourbillon is actually a type of escapement and not a real complication. Tourbillons are not only quite complicated in themselves – some more complicated than others – they come in a very wide variety of shapes, sizes and functionality. Here are five tourbillons presented at the SIHH 2015 by Cartier, Greubel Forsey, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, and Roger Dubuis.

SIHH 2015 Photo Essay Sunday: De Bethune, Urwerk, Laurent Ferrier, Revelation, Christophe Claret, Speake-Marin

Paradoxically, the SIHH really begins at least a day before its doors open; Sunday is the time to visit the smaller brands holding private exhibitions Geneva. So we put on our Sunday best and headed into town for a busy day of meetings with De Bethune, Urwerk, Laurent Ferrier, Revelation, Christophe Claret, Speake-Marin.

Watch Out For Watchville

As much as we try to cover all the horological news that matters on Quill & Pad, despite our best intentions we just can’t write about absolutely everything. If only somebody could develop a platform to aggregate all of the news from the best watch blogs so it can all be viewed in one place.
Well somebody has and it’s called Watchville.

Photo Essay: Making Of The R822 Predator By Roland Iten, The World’s Most Expensive Belt Buckle

While $450,000 (give or take a bit of change) isn’t a sum that even the richest among us is likely to scoff at, it’s quite possible that a more expensive belt buckle exists that I don’t know about. However, it’s very unlikely that any buckle exists that comes even close to the high levels of sophistication and engineering found in the Roland Iten R822 Predator. The diamonds really are just the icing on the cake.