Santos de Cartier Skeleton 2018

Face Off: 2018 Santos De Cartier Skeleton Vs. 2010 Cartier Santos-Dumont Squelette

In this article I compare the new Santos de Cartier Skeleton to the Santos-Dumont Squelette from 2010 as these two models are from the same family, have a lot in common, and share the same high-end caliber.

Santos de Cartier in pink gold on the wrist

Santos de Cartier 2018: One Of The World’s First Men’s Wristwatches Reinvented

It was dandy aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont who talked his friend, Louis Cartier, into making a wrist-borne watch for him so it would be easier to see the time while flying. After a moving century-long history, in 2018 Cartier has reinvented its Santos.

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 33 mm on the wrist (photo courtesy ch24.pl)

Sensible Case Sizing: How The 2018 SIHH Showed Us We Are Heading Back To The New Normal

There is a certain sense of irony in it: while trying on a new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore I realized during the 2018 SIHH that current trends seem to favor smaller watches. It seems that the watch world has finally returned to its senses with smaller sizes. And that is a good thing!

Cartier Ballon Bleu Tourbillon on the wrist (photo courtesy George Gramer)

Cartier’s Ballon Bleu Tourbillon: Bigger Is Not Always Better

Unlike many tourbillon watches that come in fairly straightforward round cases, the Ballon Blue Flying Tourbillon de Cartier combines high-end watchmaking with a more daring and very comfortable case design. It also has quite a story to tell about the brand’s complicated pieces in the modern era.

Tank Louis Cartier large and small

The Cartier Tank: Witness To 100 Years Of Elegant Watchmaking

When we talk about the age of a watch model, Cartier’s Tank deserves the place of honor. With its instantly recognizable rectangular case, this chic timepiece debuted in 1917, exactly 100 years ago. The watch has been in existence for an entire century! And now Cartier releases some new versions to celebrate.

A brace of Patel Philippe Reference 5196 Calatravas

The Death Of The Dress Watch: Is It Time To Write Its Obituary?

As the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad, I feel that the time is soon approaching to write an obituary announcing the death of the dress watch. It is not that we didn’t see this coming, nor is it an isolated event, but it still hurts.

Two tone Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph chronogragh

For The Love Of Two-Tone Watches

A discussion with fellow collectors that is bound to elicit interesting responses is two-tone watches. People tend to either love them or hate them. The lovers consider them the perfect mix between a sporty looking watch and a dress watch. People who don’t care for them may think of them as a weak compromise at best. What do you think?

Parting shot: the record-setting LeCoultre Deep Sea alongside the author’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Grande GMT

You Are There: Experiences And Lessons From The Multi-Record-Breaking Phillips’ ‘Winning Icons’ Auction In New York

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several months, you are well aware that on October 26, 2017 Phillips conducted an auction in New York City at which the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona owned by Mr. Newman himself was sold for more than $17.5 million, a record price for a wristwatch of any kind. I was fortunate to attend the auction and its attendant events: there was much more to see and some lessons to take away, about both the current state of the vintage market and bidding at auction.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle and the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45

The Sense And Non-Sense Of Watches In Movies

There was a time when viewers didn’t consciously pay that much attention to what kind of wristwatches movie characters wore. This often meant that actors wore their personal watches on set, sometimes even when it didn’t suit the movie. Today placing a wristwatch in a big film is big business, which also changes the types of timepieces characters now wear.

Cartier Tank à Guichets in platinum on the wrist

An Introduction: Dandy Watches

There is always something special about kicking off a new series of articles. It is like unwrapping a new notebook, sitting down with your favorite pen in hand, and beginning a new adventure. This particular adventure will take us to a very special part of the watch world: the so-called dandy watch, a word we will define right here.