F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain Bleu for Only Watch 2015

Only Watch 2015: Full List With Photos Of The Unique Piece Watches At Auction

It’s an extraordinary feat when some of the most established names in watchmaking and up-and-coming independents come together for a worthy cause.

The 2015 edition of Only Watch is to be held on November 7, and this sixth edition of the biennial charity auction sees the highest number of donated pieces ever: 44 in total.

Read on for a complete listing and photos, including estimates, of the all unique piece watches in the 2015 Only Watch auction.

MB&F Arachnophobia, look out it's scuttling to a dark corner near you!

Halloween Heartbeat: MB&F Arachnophobia

Halloween, a word contracted from “All Hallow’s Eve,” is a predominately American celebration whose traditions come from late nineteenth-century Celtic origins. And now along comes a modern mechanical time-telling spider, the MB&F Arachnophobia – a realistic-looking arachnoid made of metal and other materials traditionally used in watchmaking. Look upon it if you dare!

IWC Ingenieur with black ceramic bezel

Understanding Ceramics: Now Used For Watch Cases, Bezels, And Much More

There has been a lot of talk and promises made by the watch industry about ceramics and their use in timepieces, so it would seem that a primer on the subject might make us much more informed consumers.

Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision on the wrist

Complete List Of Prize Winners In The 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

The evening of Thursday, October 29, 2015 played host to the red-carpet gala evening in Geneva for the presentation of prizes in the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. We will be sharing our thoughts and insights on the winners of the big night, and why those not so lucky may have missed out. But without further ado, here are the brands and watches that went home with a well-deserved trophy.

The Grand Prix de l'Horlogerie de Genève is held at Geneva's Grand Théâtre (the Opera House)

Live Video Stream Of The 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve

The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is THE premier horological red carpet event of the year.

For those not able to make the trip to Switzerland, Quill & Pad is very pleased to be able to invite you to Geneva “virtually” to watch the evening as it unfolds.

At the same time you can learn how our panel did in predicting the winners of the 2015 GPHG.

The star logo of the Harry Winston Opus 14 fully deployed and second time zone fully hidden

Live Photos Of Harry Winston Opus 14 Plus Comments From Marc Hayek

The Harry Winston Opus 14 was introduced at a celebrity-studded event in Baden-Baden, Germany. The real star of the event for watch enthusiasts in attendance, of course, was the watch itself: the new Opus 14 with a second hidden time zone designed by Franck Orny and Johnny Girardin, the same movement geniuses behind the Montblanc Metamorphosis. Watch Marc Hayek demonstrate the Opus 14’s big trick: revealing and hiding the second time zone and displaying a “Route 66” style American star.

Exquisite tourbillon details of the Jean Daniel Nicolas Two-Minute Tourbillon by Mr. Daniel Roth. You can just make out the gold second hand on the left of tourbillon cage pointing to 60 and the blued-steel hand on the right pointing to 0.

Why We Are In A Golden Age For Appreciating Superlative Hand-Finishing In Wristwatches

Ian Skellern deliberately wrote the headline as “Why We Are In A Golden Age For Appreciating Superlative Hand-Finishing . . . ” because the fact is that if many people do not appreciate superlative hand-finishing, then fewer will pay for superlative hand-finishing, so there is likely to be less superlative hand-finishing on offer. So what does any of this mean for the future of superlatively hand-finished timepieces?

Straight on: the Grönefeld One Hertz in direct light

Grönefeld One Hertz – A Collector’s Journey

For this special article, I have the pleasure of covering the wonderful Grönefeld One Hertz! For a watch fanatic, and especially for lovers of independent watch brands, it’s a dream come true to meet the makers of the watches that we admire. With the Grönefeld brothers, it’s that pleasure multiplied by two.

Arnold & Son Golden Wheel

The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel Offers Animated Wandering Hours

The Arnold & Son Golden Wheel presents a fresh take on a centuries-old complication.

Instead of traditional hands, the hours are displayed on a disk that passes over a semi-circle arch to indicate the minutes. With a quick glance, you can see how much of an hour has gone by without necessarily needing to know the precise minute. This is a highly fluid and poetic manner of depicting the time first seen in the seventeenth century. And now Arnold & Son puts it into a modern wristwatch.

Van Cleef & Arpels Carpe Koï open (reveal)

Give Me Five! Keeping Secrets With Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Harry Winston, Chopard, and Boucheron

I’m glad to see secret watches making a bit of a comeback since I find them to be seductive anachronisms that are very feminine and very functional. Very much in vogue in the 1930s, ҆40s, and ҆50s, “secret watches” kept the time confidential by hiding the watch dial behind a decorative hinged or swiveling cover. Following are five examples introduced earlier this year.