Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Dog

Happy Chinese New Year With 8 Dog-Themed Lucky Watches (And One Unique Piece)

It is now a real tradition for watchmakers to observe Chinese New Year by creating beautiful, decorative timepieces adorned with some symbolic depiction of the appropriate sign of the Chinese zodiac, often using rare, artistic techniques to pay tribute to the eastern calendar. And the Year of the Dog beginning on February 16, 2018 is no exception!

Breguet Classique Reference 7147

Give Me Five! 5 Impressive Dress Watches From 2017

The classic dress watch gives you the same feeling that a good pair of perfectly fitting jeans or comfortable pullover does. For some of us, it might almost provide a sense of home. But most of all, it looks good in any situation. Here are Sabine Zwettler’s five favorite examples from 2017.

Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-Tech 3 Days Automatic - 47 mm

Give Me Five! 5 Blue Dials: A New Blue Period Has Begun With These Watches From Panerai, IWC, Chopard, Andersen Genève, And Ulysse Nardin

The trend toward blue has been in evidence for the last couple of years, adorning many haute horlogerie timepieces. Powerful royal and midnight blues and touches of turquoise add cool flairs to delicate sky- and ocean-colored hues. Blue has stood the test of time because it comes in such a remarkable variety of shades and nuances – from mysterious and dazzling to elegant and classic. Here are five blue-dialed watches freshly introduced in 2017.

What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like At The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Plus How Well Our Panel’s Forecasts Did

In this final round table discussion of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, the Quill & Pad team discusses the amazing evening of November 8, 2017 and what we thought of the big night’s winners (and losers).

Pre-selected watches in the Artistic Crafts category of the 2017 GPHG: (clockwise from top left) Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, Hermès Slim d’Hermès Promenande de Longchamp, Konstantin Chaykin Joker, Piaget Altiplano Art & Excellence feather marquetry, Vacheron Consantin Métiers d’Art Copernicus Celestial Spheres, and Kari Voutilainen Aki-No-Kure

Our Predictions In The Artistic Crafts Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève And Our Panel Is Unanimous

Artistic Crafts is a Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève category for beauty; it’s as simple as that. Mastery of techniques is the only requirement, and the results are always stunning. It is also a great place to see some unique applications of skills rarely seen, allowing us to view just what artists can imagine when given such a small canvas.

The pre-selected Jewellery watches for the 2017 edition of the GPHG are shown in the image above clockwise from top left: Audemars Piguet Diamond Outrage, Bulgari Serpenti Misteriosi High Jewelry, Chanel Les Eternelles de Chanel Camélia Secret Watch, Chaumet Frise Divine, Chopard Lotus Blanc, and Piaget Hide & Seek Manchette.

Our Predictions In The Jewellery Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Genève

Welcome to our predictions for the winner of the Jewellery category of the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in which the team members pick their favorites and explain what they like, don’t like, and why.

pre-selected Mechanical Exception watches for the 2017 GPHG are clockwise from top left above: A. Lange & Söhne, Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite, Armin Strom Mirrored Force Resonance, Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Minute Repeater Supersonnerie, Chopard L.U.C Full Strike, Girard-Perregaux Planetarium Tri-Axial, and Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600.

Our Predictions In The Mechanical Exception Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Mechanical Exception is still one of the craziest categories in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Each of these watches has an incredible amount of talent, time, and resources invested in it. Martin doesn’t think that there is any other industry where we go to such trouble to further perfect a technology that is by all means obsolete, and that is why he loves it so much. Find out our predictions for this category here!

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

Trends: Not All Watches Are Created Equal

Trends rule a larger part of our lives than many of us wish to admit. Sometimes we follow trends consciously, but often we are subconsciously influenced in the choices we make. All brands perform a delicate tightrope walk, but they differ in how successful they are. Let’s take a look at how trends affect or don’t affect now-iconic timepieces.

Chopard LUC Full Strike minute repeater

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Minute Repeater With Crystal Power! Plus Video: Listen For Yourself

Get ready to be blown away by the incredible Chopard L.U.C Full Strike, the brand’s first minute repeater featuring a pair of sapphire crystal gongs! Machined from a solid block of sapphire, they are one piece with the front sapphire crystal. Holy smokes! Let’s just dive right in.

Pre-selected Ladies watches for the 2017 GPHG: clockwise from top left Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold, Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton, Chopard Imperiale Moonphase, Fiona Krüger Petit Skull (Celebration) Eternity, Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métropolitaine Selene, and Urwerk UR-106 Flower Power

Our Predictions For The Ladies Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Welcome to the 2017 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. Today we take on the Ladies category, which are “women’s watches comprising two at most of the following indications: date, power reserve, classic moon phase, second time zone; may be adorned with a maximum 8-carat gem setting.”