Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1931 with chocolate dial and complementary leather strap

If Shoes Make The Man, Then The Strap Must Make The Watch: Watchmaking And Leather, A Love Story – Reprise

Today many premium watch brands look for that certain “extra element” to get ahead of the competition, and one hot item now is straps. If it is true that shoes make the man, then the strap must make the watch. Jan Lidmaňský shares a selection of interesting partnerships between the worlds of watches and leather.

Seiko Credor Reference GXBE998 Pocket Watch dial and back

Seiko’s Credor Turns 45 – And Celebrates With Incredibly Detailed, Engraved Reference GXBE998 Pocket Watch

The Seiko Credor GXBE998 pocket watch’s “secret” is an engraving that celebrates life. The brand’s artists honor Credor’s 45th anniversary with something truly unique: a three-dimensional hand-engraving of the tree of life, which is a significant concept in both the Shinto and Buddhist religions.

2012 Rolex Sky-Dweller in solid gold

The Golden Age Of Rolex Movements Part II: Rolex Gets Complicated With Innovations And Patent Registrations

From the public’s perspective, Rolex’s surge into its movement revolution began with the now anachronistic-sounding Basel 2000 World Watch, Clock, and Jewelry Show. But the evidence of a long-term engineering campaign was mounting at the patent office and in the dealers’ showrooms as this article by Tim Mosso highlights.

Voutilainen 28ti

Kari Voutilainen 28ti: The Flip Side Has Never Looked So Good

Kari Voutilainen listened to his fans and created a watch that fulfills the oft-repeated desire “I almost want to wear the watch backwards because that movement is so beautiful!” The inverted 28ti does just that.

Ruby slippers: movement detail showing ruby bearings on constant torque chain of the Romain Gauthier Logical One

In Focus: Romain Gauthier’s Breathtaking Patented Ruby Link Chain From Logical One – Reprise

Here at Quill & Pad we are quite smitten by Romain Gauthier’s award-winning Logical One. But one thing that often gets glossed over somewhat is the subject of one of this watch’s four patents: the incredible high-precision chain made of synthetic ruby links. Combined with the snail cam, it is this element that provides the ingenious movement with constant force.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métropolitaine Galaxy One was one of six new watches with aventurine dials at SIHH 2018:

Aventurine: Sparkling, Glittering, Mysterious, And Placing A Galaxy Of Stars On Your Wrist – Reprise

Despite seeing aventurine in six new wristwatches at SIHH 2018 – more than the number of new tourbillons Elizabeth counted – it remains a decorative artisanal element used only by luxury watchmakers in small series or unique pieces for its beauty and decorative properties. While there is some public uncertainty about the origin of aventurine, it continues to add mysterious shine and scintillating glamour to watches. Here is what aventurine really is and where it comes from.

Meistersinger Lunascope

Complete List Of The 2019 Red Dot Award Watch Winners

The Red Dot is inarguably the most important and widely recognized of all design awards. Until the 2015 edition of the competition, there was no dedicated watch category. That changed and now the prestigious German prize counts a three-man jury dedicated exclusively to watches. Elizabeth Doerr takes a look at this year’s crop of Red Dot prize winners in the watch category.

Chris Pratt double-wristing Cartiers on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

Wrist Watching: A Cartier Doubled-Wristed Chris Pratt On Jimmy Kimmel

While watching a recent clip from the Jimmy Kimmel Show, Nick Gould noticed that Chris Pratt was wearing a watch on each wrist – and both from Cartier. On his right wrist was a Calibre de Cartier Chronograph and on the left a Calibre de Cartier Diver. Why would he do that?

Rolex Submariner Ref 14060

The Golden Age Of Rolex Movements Part I: Sowing The Seeds Of Greatness

If you want to love Rolex, but you love mechanical movements more than you love watch brands themselves, rejoice: Tim Mosso thinks that we are living in the halcyon days of Rolex movement innovation and shares a few well-illustrated technical and movement highlights right here.

Aging, perhaps gracefully: dial of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560

Why I Bought It: Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 Triple Calendar

Oh, those Geneva auctions! While GaryG’s intention is usually to browse the rare pieces on offer, gain an education from his auction-house friends and escape unscathed, it seems that more often than not there is a piece that puts him into bidding mode. And sometimes, that piece is entirely unanticipated as was the case of the Vacheron & Constantin Reference 4560 triple calendar that he stumbled across at the Sotheby’s preview. Here is why he bought it.