Konstantin Chaykin Joker on the wrist

Baselworld 2017 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like

Please join our traditional Quill & Pad round table discussion on Baselworld 2017, where we discuss what we did and didn’t like at at the world’s largest annual watch exhibition.

Akrivia AK-06

Quill & Pad Team Members Pick Their Top 5 Watches From Baselworld 2017 Plus Special Mentions And Biggest Surprises. Warning: Modem-Burning Photo Fest!

The year 2017 wasn’t just good for both interesting and exciting new wristwatches at Baselworld: I’d go so far to rate it as a vintage year. This article started as a pure Top 5 rundown, but the sheer number of superb watches soon had us reaching for our “Special Mention” over spill. And that’s all without the really big surprises. So without further ado, welcome to our team’s top picks of Baselworld 2017.

Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly automaton

Awesome Aphidae: Jaquet Droz’s Loving Butterfly Returns As An Exquisite Automaton

The Jaquet Droz Loving Butterfly Automaton tells a story with its expressive dial and ultra-creative mechanics, a story that began 300 years ago with Pierre and Henri-Louis Jaquet-Droz’s Draughtsman android, which was often programmed to draw a cherub seated in a chariot drawn by a butterfly.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

21 New Pre-Baselworld 2017 Watches: Jaquet Droz, Hermès, Graff, Corum, Angelus, Arnold & Son, Artya, Vincent Calabrese, Blancpain, Breguet, Bulgari, Chanel, Chopard, Glashütte Original, Graham, Moritz Grossmann, And Seiko

In honor of the upcoming 100th edition of Baselworld, which opens its doors on March 23, 2017, we present you with an overview of some of the new models that have already been revealed – at least online.

Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Relief Rooster with diamond-set bezel

Happy Chinese New Year With 8 Rooster-Themed Lucky Watches

It is now a tradition for watchmakers to observe Chinese New Year by creating beautiful, decorative timepieces. The rooster is the eleventh sign of the 12-year zodiac cycle. According to Chinese astrology, the rooster is loyal and punctual – a great fit for a timepiece! Check out these pieces by Jaquet Droz, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Chopard, and Panerai.

Jaquet Droz Petite Hour Minute Paillonnée

Personal Style: Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée

The Jaquet Droz Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée is a fantastic example of the craftsmanship found at Jaquet Droz. The Petite Heure Minute Paillonnée showcases a style rarely found in watches today, proving that style is almost always an individual decision.

Jaquet Droz Grande Séconde Quantième Meteorite

Jaquet Droz Grande Séconde Quantième Meteorite and Grande Heure Minute Quantième Meteorite Boutique Editions

Jaquet Droz introduces new versions of two classic models with dials made of Muonionalusta meteorite: the Grande Séconde Quantième Meteorite and Grande Heure Minute Quantième Meteorite, which are exclusive, limited boutique editions.

Perpetual Secular Calendar with blue gold dial featuring distinctive circular guilloche

Give Me Five! The 5 Best Things I Saw At SalonQP 2016: Métiers d’Art, Svend Andersen Worldtimers, Armin Strom Resonance, Black Badger Lume Room, And Kari Voutilainen

I had the pleasure of curating a special exhibition on métiers d’art at SalonQP 2016, comprising specialist brands in their fields demonstrating the arts and crafts that they have become famous for. But what else did I particularly enjoy there? Read on to find out.

SalonQP 2014

SalonQP 2016 London: Quill & Pad Curating A Métier d’Arts Exhibition And In Discussion With Kari Voutilainen

At SalonQP 2016, London’s premier watch show, Quill & Pad will have a bigger presence than ever before with both myself and Ian actively taking part in the exhibition. Ian will be hosting the seminar “In conversation: Kari Voutilainen” while I have curated the exhibition, “Métiers d’Art: Art of Time.”

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady

Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady: Fresh And Sporty

To me, the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde line constitutes one of the most classic-looking timepieces around. So imagine my surprise to learn that the Grande Seconde is now being introduced in a sporty “SW” version for women. What do I think of this 41 mm watch? Read on to find out.