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SIHH 2017 Round Table: What We Liked And What We Didn’t Like (Warning: Modem-Burning Photo Fest!)

Please join our Quill & Pad round table discussion, where we talk about what we did and didn’t like at the 2017 SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie). And get ready for a cornucopia of beautiful photos and colorful opinions!

Urwerk UR-106 Lotus White on the wrist

Urwerk UR-106 Lotus: Welcome To The Future Of Feminine Watches

The UR-106 is the first Urwerk that is perfectly sized for a feminine wrist. And much of the reason for its extreme comfort is the crown: the tactile business of winding and setting the time on a watch is tantamount to the comfort it will exude. Fumbling with small crowns can be quite tricky, particularly – and please excuse this aspect of feminine hands – if you want to keep your fingernails intact. Find out why this one is different.

Fabergé Lady Levity

Fabergé’s Lady Levity Combines Original Mechanics With Unique Design

Attention: if you just take a casual glance at Fabergé’s Lady Levity you will probably miss it. It is only when you step back and look carefully that the full artistic complexity of the dial is revealed: the man-in-the-moon motif at the center of Lady Levity’s dial. But this is no ordinary man in the moon . . .

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.

Pre-selected Ladies' High-Mech watches in the 2016 GPHG

Quill & Pad’s Predictions In The Ladies’ High-Mech Category Of The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve

Welcome to the 2016 edition of Quill & Pad’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The pre-selected finalists are: Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl, Bulgari Serpenti Incantati Tourbillon Lumière, Christophe Claret Marguerite, Girard-Perregaux Cat’s Eye Tourbillon with Gold Bridge, Louis Vuitton Tambour Color Blossom Spin Time, and Ludovic Ballouard Upside Down Art Deco.

The Gustaffson & Sjögren (GoS) Sarek against the background of its namesake Swedish national park

Gustafsson & Sjögren (GoS) Introduces Sarek And, Surprisingly, A First Ladies’ Watch

Back at Baselworld 2016, the duo known as Gustaffson & Sjögren (GoS) surprised me with a new watch named Sarek. Its most obvious element is, of course, the beautiful dial made of Damascus steel. The Sarek dial is created from 164 layers of hand-forged steel. The unusual coloring is partially achieved by tempering the steel until the desired colors display.

Pre-selected Ladies' watches in the 2016 GPHG

Quill & Pad’s Predictions For The Ladies Category Of The 2016 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Welcome to the 2016 edition of Quill & Pad’s early Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève predictions in which the team picks favorites and explains why. The watches pre-selected in the Ladies category are: Fabergé Lady Levity, Chopard L.U.C XP 35 mm Esprit de Fleurier Peony, Bovet 1822’s Blue Thistles, Audemars Piguet Millenary, Piaget’s Limelight Gala Milanese Bracelet and the Bulgari Serpenti Spiga.

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl

Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl: Powerful Mechanics Beautifully Unveiled

The Ulysse Nardin Skeleton Tourbillon Pearl is one powerful watch for the female wrist. And thanks to the fact that Ulysse Nardin’s Skeleton Tourbillon model is fully skeletonized, the source of its power is eminently visible.

Fabergé Lady Levity in pink gold

It’s Time To Take Women, Their Watches, And Their Opinions Seriously In The World Of Horology

For many years, high-end luxury brands have flirted with courting women as an untapped consumer group of prospective buyers. Two events set to take place in late 2016 underscore this movement: Eve’s Watch Awards and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique on the wrist

Why I Bought My Wife An Engraved Reverso Classique

This is a family affair: a story of my wife Brigitte, her horse Gucci, my father Neil, and an engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique. And this is a good example of how and why you might want to commission a work of art on the back of a Reverso. Or not.