Greubel Forsey Meccano model assembly. Photo courtesy Bjarne Sorensen/Greubel Forsey

The Watchnerdiest Prize Ever: The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Meccano Model. And One Could Be Yours!

Toys! For almost every person in the world, toys are a staple of childhood. Depending on your place of birth and socioeconomic background they may have been the newest video game, hottest action figure, or a hand carved figurine passed down from a grandparent.

Whatever they were, the toys of your childhood helped you develop your imagination, motor skills, and understanding of complex concepts only discoverable through play.

A. Lange & Söhne Double Split after refurbishment

Why You Can’t Afford To Buy Your Watch If You Can’t Afford To Break It

GaryG’s first rule when it comes to collecting is to avoid setting too many exclusionary rules. With watches, I believe that it’s the passion that separates collectors from investors and accumulators. Which brings him to another rule: deriving the full enjoyment from the things you own.

Kari Voutilainen and family clone-composite photo

Introducing ‘Resident Collector’ GaryG

If you have been around the horological block a few times, you will certainly be aware of GaryG, a frequent poster on prevalent watch fora. His love of the art of luxury watchmaking is unmistakable, and his interest, intelligence and enthusiasm on the subject downright infectious. We are sure you will also love what he brings to the Quill & Pad table.

Hideaway Bay, Coral Sea, Whitsundays, Australia

Give Me Five! The Stunning Whitsundays In Australia

For those living in the Northern hemisphere, which I guess is the majority of you, here are a few photos that will hopefully help chase away the winter chill and damp, at least for a few minutes anyway.

Thomas Prescher Nemo SUB 1

Weekly Roundup: 21 February 2014

* We have just completed our very first themed fortnight, which provided you with stories from the Olympics in Sochi and Russian watchmaking and this week we bring news from : Panerai, Thomas Prescher, Vianney Halter, Baselworld, Nomos and more.

Robert-Jan Broer, founder of Fratello Watches, live in Sochi at the 3000m speed skating

From Sochi With Love: A (Instagram) Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Not everyone has had the extremely good fortune to be able to attend the Olympic Games in Sochi, which are due to close this weekend. Luckily for the watch world, however, a fortunate few from the industry were able to go, allowing the rest of us to get a more personal view of the Games from their social media accounts.

Konstantin Chaykin Cinema watch

Why Independent Russian Watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin Is A Movie Star

Konstantin Chaykin, the Wonderboy Russian Watchmaker – my name for him, hopefully he doesn’t mind – is a serious contender for being crowned one of the most progressive and talented watchmakers alive right now.

Previous models like the Levitas, Lunokhod, and his incredible clock creations that feature Jewish and Islamic calendars show that he is both creative and a top-notch complication specialist.

With his most recent creation, the aptly named Cinema watch, he stumped and astounded me with a creative direction that did not leave me wanting. The Cinema features an animation, or more correctly, stop motion recording of a horse at full gallop.

The mechanism used to create said animation? Why that would be his own miniaturized version of Eadweard Muybridge’s Zoopraxiscope. (One of the most awesome names for any machine ever; it even rivals one of my own wordinations!)

Vostok-Europe Radio Room on the wrist.

The Radio Room: Russian Watches In Action (And How The Titanic Changed Everything)

Here is something a little different that was sparked by disaster and created a legacy, especially in Russia, with regard to the design of clocks and watches in telegraph and radio rooms ever since.

The year is 1912 and it’s a cold April night as the Titanic speeds its way through iceberg-infested waters in the north Atlantic. I’m sure you all see where this is going so I will spare you further James Cameron-esque imagery and simply remind you that tragedy struck the luxury liner in the form of an iceberg, dooming what was thought to be an “unsinkable” ship.

Thousands of lives were lost needlessly and not simply because the ship sank; many factors aided in making that night a true tragedy instead of simply a failed voyage. One of those factors was communication and the complete lack of regulation over an international system.

That night there were huge amounts of chatter over the radio waves, and as the Titanic sent out its distress signal she found it hard to get through to other ships. The ones that it did get through to were either too far or too late.

Because of the ice, a few ships simply couldn’t come without risking their own hulls. In the aftermath of investigations that followed, it was found that poor (or nonexistent) regulation over the use of radio signals, especially those at sea, were partially to blame.

Richard Mille RM037 in white ceramic and red gold

Heartbeat: Richard Mille RM037

Okay, guys, if you forgot flowers for Valentine’s Day, or worse still forgot Valentine’s Day altogether, here is a little present that is likely to get you back in your loved-one’s good books: a stunning white Richard Mille RM037 in ceramic and red gold.

Vanessa-Mae visiting the Omega Pavilion in Sochi

Weekly Roundup: 14 February 2014

A happy Valentine’s Day to you!

* As we approach half-time at the Olympics, we’d like to direct your attention to the close of our first Olympic Week.