Eric Singer wearing the Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition that he helped design

Kiss Drummer And Passionate Watch Collector Eric Singer’s Baselworld 2018 Top 10

Elizabeth caught up with Kiss drummer Eric Singer as Baselworld 2018 was drawing to a close, and he shared his personal list of the top ten watches he saw at the fair.

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition with light dial

Kiss Drummer Eric Singer Co-Designs Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition

While Zodiac isn’t an obvious brand for us to feature on Quill & Pad, when I spoke to Kiss drummer Eric Singer at Baselworld and he excitedly told me that he had co-designed the new Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Topper Edition, I was intrigued. Singer has a great eye when it comes to all that is good (and not so good) about watches, both modern and vintage, and why certain designs work or don’t work.

WatchGauge

Haute Horlogerie Enthusiast John Keil Goes Micro Brand With WatchGauge, A Novel Community And Retail Site (Archive)

Quill & Pad’s resident retail expert John Keil has just launched WatchGauge, an interesting new online retail venture that is worth bringing to your attention. The aim of WatchGauge is to help the consumer wade through the crowded and sometimes murky waters of the emerging micro brand scene.

Ming 17.03 GMT on leather strap

Ming 17.03 GMT: A Brand On A Roll

Ming was fast out of the gate in establishing itself as a serious new contender at the more affordable end of independent watchmaking, and I believe the debut of the all-new 17.03 GMT indicates that this young brand is on a roll. This latest model was designed to be the new entry level star for Ming, checking all the boxes that the team behind it would want in a sub-$2,000 travel watch.

Haldimann Central Balance Pure H12

The Case For Steel: Here’s Why Stainless Steel Is The Most Precious Metal For Watches (Archive)

In the world of watches, especially with regards to collecting, rarity is a large factor contributing to the cost of a luxury timepiece. The reason is because rarity is almost always an implied condition that seems beyond control – like it just happens. In this article Joshua explains why he thinks that out of all the metals, especially the white metals like platinum and white gold, stainless steel is the most precious metal.

Ming 19.01

Ming 19.01 By Ming Thein, Unparalleled Quality For Price

The name Ming Thein should be instantly recognizable (seriously) to any ardent purveyor of all things horological, and his new brand, Ming, has made a name for itself in record time. The new 19.01 features an exclusive Schwarz-Etienne 100-hour skeletonized movement, a stunning design, and an exciting glimpse into what we might expect in the future.

WatchGauge

Haute Horlogerie Enthusiast John Keil Goes Micro Brand And Launches WatchGauge, A Novel Community And Retail Site

Quill & Pad’s resident retail expert John Keil has just launched WatchGauge, an interesting new online retail venture that is worth bringing to your attention. The aim of WatchGauge is to help the consumer wade through the crowded and sometimes murky waters of the emerging micro brand scene.

Gorilla Fastback Phantom Black on the wrist

The Gorilla Fastback Collection: Extended Review & Something New

After having the opportunity to wear a Gorilla Fastback for the last six months, I feel I’ve come to understand the character the watch has to offer, just in time to meet the next stage from Octavio Garcia and Lukas Gopp: Acid Green, RS White, and Phantom Black!

Gorilla Fastback relaxing on the grass with a friend

Design Freedom + Affordable Luxury: Gorilla Fastback By Octavio Garcia & Lukas Gopp

Creative freedom is what almost all designers yearn for. Which is why Octavio Garcia and Lukas Gopp, both previously of Audemars Piguet, have joined independent forces to create a new micro brand: Gorilla. Here is the first watch born of that union, one that is aimed at the WIS in all of us, but remains affordable.