Kari Voutilainen 217 QRS in pink gold with light dial

Kari Voutilainen 217QRS With Retrograde Date: Striving For Perfect Beauty

While we usually try to avoid complication in our daily lives, complications are the icing on the proverbial cake in the world of high-end timepieces. And one of the most exquisite complications is the retrograde date, in particular when it’s done by the perfectionist Kari Voutilainen.

Vingt-8 with retrograde date from Kari Voutilainen

Kari Voutilainen At SIHH 2018: A Sneak Peek At New Introductions

In keeping with longstanding tradition, on Saturday evening our Northern California collector group held its annual pre-SIHH dinner with independent watchmaking legend Kari Voutilainen for a sneak peek at what the watchmaker will have on exhibit at the 2018 fair. Enjoy this short preview.

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.

Our Predictions In The Men’s Category Of The 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, And They Are All Different

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: here we pick our favorites shortlisted in the Men’s category.

Is this A. Lange & Söhne Double Split movement the best of all?

Not Just Pretty Faces: A Collector’s Personal View Of Notable Movements

My thoughts have turned to one major system that is always there, but generally hidden from sight: the movement. Here are a few of my favorites and why. And in the philosophy of putting my money where my mouth is, these movements have appeared in one or more watches that I’ve owned personally.

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.

Vallée de Joux style: movement detail of the Philippe Dufour Simplicity

Does Hand Finishing Matter? A Collector’s View Of Movement Decoration (Archive)

Anyone who visits online watch forums with any frequency very likely comes across at least a few heated discussions of “finishing,” a topic that seems to fascinate, and divide, enthusiasts. What is it and why are opinions divided?

Voutilainen Vingt-8 ISO (at right) on the Author’s wrist with his Voutilainen Masterpiece Chronograph II

Exclusive Preview: Kari Voutilainen Watches For SIHH 2017 (Live Photos)

SIHH week 2017 is off to a great start for our small group of California collectors. The highlight of our first day was our now-traditional Saturday night dinner with independent watchmaking legend Kari Voutilianen. Each year, Kari meets with us to share and explain the watches that he will be introducing at SIHH. And here they are.

Yellow HYT Colorblock H1 on the wrist

Give Me Five! 5 Of The Most Colorful Watches Of 2016 From Richard Mille, HYT, Fabergé, GoS, and Kari Voutilainen

The year 2016 was at times grey and sullen, while at other times it rained purple, red, or blue and a host of other vibrant (and symbolic) colors. There was also a crop of colorful watches to stand out from the masses of new steel and titanium-encased horology, titillating the senses with bursts of fresh color. Here are five-ish colorful watches that caught my eye last year from HYT, Richard Mille, Fabergé, GoS, and Kari Voutilainen.