Dubai Watch Week And Christies Take The Horology Forum To London, Where It Looked Very Much At Home (Lots Of Photos + Videos)

Dubai Watch Week and Christie’s partnered to bring the first International Horology Forum to London on September 11-12, 2018 with panels and discussions held at Christie’s King Street location in the heart of the St. James area of London. The panels, livestreamed on Facebook And IGTV (Instagram TV), brought thoughts and opinions from industry leaders to the greater watch world. You can watch all the action right here.

E. Howard and Co pocket watch (photo courtesy Derek Weinberg)

Modern Horological Times And Practices Are Likely Much Worse Than You Think: A Reflection

In the society we live in, a society of technology-driven mass production and digital revolution, Derek Weinberg reflects on how a mechanical timepiece has evolved from a functional object serving as a faithful companion in a busy life to a collectible object satisfying its owner from behind a pane of glass.

Men's category pre-selected watches for the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, clockwise from top left: Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain, De Bethune Steel Wheels, H. Moser & Cie. Endeavour Flying Hours, MB&F Legacy Machine Split Escapement, Vacheron Constantin Triple Calendrier 1842, and Kari Voutilainen 217QRS

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!

This side view highlights the incredible three-dimensionality of the dial of Emmanuel Bouchet's Complication 1. Note the distinctive pointy cones supporting the bridges

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!

Rhapsody in stainless steel: Patek Philippe Reference 5950A-001

Behind The Lens: Patek Philippe Ref. 5950A-001 Split-Seconds Chronograph (Archive)

Given GaryG’s musings on these pages about the relative roles of rarity and complication in driving the value of a watch, he thinks it appropriate to dedicate this “Behind the Lens” entry to a piece that is both complicated and limited in production: Patek Philippe’s Reference 5950A. What’s so special about this watch? Well, first of all it’s a split-seconds chronograph. What else?

Steve McQueen Rolex Submariner at Phillips auctions

Phillips Pulls Steve McQueen Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 From Fall 2018 Auction

In June 2018 Phillips auction house in conjunction with Bacs and Russo announced it would be auctioning a Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 given to stuntman Loren James by actor Steve McQueen. Following Quill & Pad’s Nick Gould highlighting a few serious anomalies regarding the details of this Rolex’s provenance, Phillips now releases a statement announcing the removal of it from the fall 2018 auction.

All about that bass: rear view, Singer Dynamics and Lightweighting Study

You Are There: Monterey Car Weekend 2018 With Singer Reimagined

There’s a big overlap between the populations of watch and car enthusiasts, so it should come as no surprise that some of GaryG’s watch (and car) buddies leapt at the chance to attend the annual Singer Reimagined Monterey event this year and then took advantage of being in the area to sample other events over the weekend as well.

The Superbia Humanitatis watch created by Louis-Elysée Piguet, Franck Muller, and Paul Gerber (photo courtesy Dr. Magnus Bosse)

Paul Gerber: Renaissance Man And Creator Of World’s Most Complicated Watch And Smallest Wooden Clock

A world-class micro-engineer, industrial designer, metalwork artist and accountant walk into a bar, and the barman asks . . . yes, Marton Radkai is talking about independent watchmaker Paul Gerber. Find out more about this genius right here!

Ladies category pre-selected watches for the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

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.

Panerai Luminor Marina PAM0001 A Series owned by Robin Williams in Sothebys' auction October 2018

44 Of Robin Williams’ Watches To Be Auctioned By Sotheby’s In October 2018

On October 4, 2018 in New York, Sotheby’s will auction a vast collection of items from Robin Williams and his second wife Marsha Williams, including artworks, film memorabilia . . . and 44 wristwatches belonging to Williams, including Panerai, Ikepod, Doxa, and Franck Muller models. Nick Gould highlights a few that caught his eye from a variety of watch genres.