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Our Predictions In The Ladies Complication Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève: One Is Outed As A Drag Queen

The Quill & Pad team predicts its winners in the Ladies’ Complication category of the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) and explains why. It was a tight race in this category, but one watch came up voted more than the others.

Ladies category pre-selected watches for the 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Ladies Category Of The 2018 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Welcome to the 2018 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The finalists in the Ladies category are: Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton, Chaumet Laurier, Bulgari Lucea Tubogas Skeleton, Piaget Possession Lapis Lazuli, Bovet 1822 Amadeo Fleurier 39 Fan, and Moritz Grossmann’s Tefnut Twist Classic. Our panel had a clear favorite.

The Olympic Australis, at $2,500,000 it's the world's most valuable opal

Shrouded In Mystery And Fire: Opals In Jaquet Droz And Piaget Timepieces (Archive)

Alexander Doerr hadn’t really paid much attention to opals before, but upon closer inspection realized that this gemstone is extraordinary – they are shrouded in mystery and well worth learning more about. Looking at an opal is like looking at fireworks or even looking into a galaxy. And two Swiss watch brands specialize in using the fiery gemstone in watches are Jaquet Droz and Piaget.

Van Cleef & Arpels Marguerite secret watch closed and open

5 Flower Watches By Van Cleef & Arpels: Just How Realistically Designed Are They Compared To Their Botanical Muses?

Elizabeth takes a look at five of Van Cleef & Arpels’s artful SIHH 2018 introductions from the Le Jardin (“Garden”) collection and compares them to their namesake blooms.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

Five Skeleton Watches: Omega, Jaquet Droz, Audemars Piguet, Chopard, And Arnold & Son Become Transparent

Here are five recent examples of skeletonization – both traditionally and contemporarily crafted – that take the art form to the next level. Each one of them has a strong allure that derives from the meticulous finishing and uncluttered design of mechanical “bare bones.”

Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 7150250R

5 New Ladies Timepieces Both Technically Intriguing And Aesthetically Captivating

Whenever Sabine write articles about high-end ladies’ watches, she is fascinated by how masterfully some of them blend technological expertise and sublime design. And to highlight what she’s talking about, here are five recent horological treasures from Romain Gauthier, Jaquet Droz, Breguet, Chopard and Patek Philippe, exquisitely fashioned for the demanding aficionada’s wrist.

Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon in red gold set with diamonds

Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon: Elegant Style And Serious Substance

Both Martin and Ian named the Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon as their “best of show” in the Quill & Pad Baselworld 2018 round table. So why did two guys who usually don’t cast as much as a second glance at women’s watches come to decide that an overtly diamond-set timepiece was the best thing they saw at Baselworld? You’ll have to see it to find out. And it’s worth seeing!

Chanel-Boy-Friend-Skeleton-

Chanel Boy.Friend Skeleton: Intriguing Views From All Angles

I feel that the Chanel Boy.Friend perfectly embodies the spirit of the great Coco Chanel, who had a penchant for masculine fabrics and cut and believed “simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance” and “fashion fades, only style remains.” The new Skeleton version powered by Chanel Caliber 3 is an exquisite version of this.

Hublot Big Bang Broderie Sugar Skull

Are Straps And Bracelets The Ultimate Watch Accessory? Breguet, Hublot, And Bulgari Seem To Think So

Watch straps have come a long way since the era of Caroline Murat (née Bonaparte), who is said to have commissioned the world’s first wristwatch from the talented and accomplished Abraham-Louis Breguet when uniting a bracelet with a timepiece was an unprecedented pairing. But most probably don’t break as many fashion boundaries as these three examples by Bulgari, Hublot, and Breguet.

Fabergé Lady Compliquée Peacock Black

The Most Glamorous Night In Watchmaking: The Fabergé Jewelry And Watch I Wore To The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2017

After Fabergé merged with Gemfields in 2013, this historical brand became a specialist in colored stones, so I was pleased to have the opportunity to wear one of its lovely high-jewelry necklaces featuring emeralds to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2017, where I was in the jury. I also had the chance to wear the enigmatic and beautiful Lady Compliquée Peacock Black.