De Bethune Dream Watch 5 top

Heartbeat: De Bethune Dream Watch 5

Before Dream Watch 5, the world of modern independent watch brands was a much simpler place and De Bethune’s place in it was clear: Superlative movements housed in either traditional or contemporary, but not extreme, cases.

JeanRichard Arsenal players Alex Oxlade, Chamberlain Wojciech-Szczesny andKieran-Gibbs

Weekly Roundup: 31 January 2014

While it is certainly hard to focus on events outside the SIHH in the world of watches this week, rest assured that the globe continued to revolve and there were other happenings. Here is a summary of some of them.

Ulysse Nardin enameled Classico horse

Give Me Five! Happy Chinese New Year Of The Horse

This New Year rings in the year of the horse, and thus a select group of horse-themed watches by high-quality watch manufacturers.

A sign of respect, though perhaps not necessarily authenticity as some crucial elements (such as the color red) are not in evidence, these ticking treasures celebrating an extremely festive moment of Chinese culture are unique heirlooms in and of themselves – mainly thanks to the rare, handcrafted work that goes into them.

Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec lume shot

Unexpected Answers: A Round Table Discussion Of SIHH 2014

This coming Monday will be the start of the 2015 edition of the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva, although our coverage will begin on the weekend with a few of the independent brands. To get you in the SIHH mood, here’s another look at our recap of last year’s exhibition.

Did you ever wonder what it sounds like when journalists get together among themselves and chat about impressions from a week-long watch fair? If so, wonder no more because here we’re providing you with the opportunity to listen in on some private conversations between well-known tastemakers of both the print and online worlds right here at Quill & Pad.

Welcome to our post-SIHH 2014 discussion in which we bring you some of the best and most educated opinions in our industry on the fair, the mood and the watches we saw right here!

The Greubel Forsey stand at the 2014 SIHH in Geneva

360° Views Of The 2014 SIHH

Take a 360° tour of the 2014 SIHH! As the first big watch exhibition of the year, the annual SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva attracts plenty of interest. However, as a very restricted, invitation-only trade show, it is difficult for the watch-loving public to get an idea of what the SIHH really looks like.

Piaget Altiplano

Piaget Altiplano 900P Ultra-Thin: Contender For The “Galaxy On The Wrist” Award

A galaxy like our own Milky Way is a wondrously thin disk of stars, planets, and gas clouds orbiting a super massive black hole. I would venture to say it is one of the most fundamental shapes in the universe as a majority of all visible mass is held together in one of these magical space-plates.

Tourbillon 24 Seconds Contemporary Serti by Greubel Forsey

Give Me Five! 5 Stunning Artistic Dials Even Men Might Appreciate From SIHH 2014

While it seems that “métiers d’art” could be considered a catchword, trend or even buzz phrase in modern high-end watchmaking, the reality is that when luxury brands take the time, energy, and cost to create these unique elements, it results in some of the most magnificent artwork available in horology today.

Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Daniel Riedo

Got A Minute? Daniel Riedo, CEO Of Jaeger-LeCoultre

In September 2013, the surprising announcement was made that Jérôme Lambert would be leaving his position as CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, where he had been for ten years, to head up Richemont sister brand Montblanc. The new man at the helm of the venerable manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre is Daniel Riedo.

Greubel Forsey Perpetual Calendar with Equation of Time

Give Me Five! 5 Perpetual Calendars From SIHH 2014

This year’s SIHH is full of complicated revelations. And, even more surprisingly, we have found at least five perpetual calendars at the fair, all of which are very different in approach, design and even price.

Michael Friedberg wearing his IWC Portofino Hand Wound Eight-Days

Got A Minute? Michael Friedberg, Moderator Of IWC’s Collectors’ Forum

Michael Friedberg is the moderator of IWC’s Collectors’ Forum at www.iwc.com and is also an unofficial goodwill ambassador for IWC, talking to journalists, other collectors, and SIHH visitors.