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The ambitious task of Qualité Fleurier, which was the first qualitative horological certification for finished watches, is to unite several tests within one single certification. Elizabeth Doerr explains how and why that's done.

The post What Is Qualité Fleurier? The Rare Certification Explained appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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Joshua Munchow overlooked something that was right in front him: the Parmigiani Toric Capitole. A fantastic timepiece by an interesting brand, until the latest edition with its exposed mechanics on the front of the watch, he had missed seeing this because of the modest display belying what was hidden within. Now it's in plain view!

The post Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Capitole: Hiding In Plain Sight appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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Contemplating the 30-meter-high ancient pyramid at Mayan archaeological site Chichén Itzá in the blazing Yucatán sunlight, Elizabeth Doerr was awestruck by the structure’s complexity. Not just because of the pure historical ramifications of the pyramid and temple known as El Castillo, but also because of its timekeeping capabilities. Yes, you read that right: timekeeping capabilities!

The post The World’s Biggest Man-Made Calendar: El Castillo At Chichén Itzá – Reprise appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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Patented inventions are present in every aspect of human life. Electric lighting glows in our rooms due to patents held by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan; plastic is omnipresent thanks to patents registered by Leo Baekeland; and even ballpoint pens would not be on every desk if Laszlo Biro hadn’t patented them. Elizabeth Doerr takes a look at patents in the watch industry, including the most famous of all: Abraham-Louis Breguet’s patent for the tourbillon.

The post The How And Why Of Patents, Including The World’s Most Famous Watchmaking Patent Granted For Abraham-Louis Breguet’s Tourbillon appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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If you’re just beginning to collect the works of independent watchmakers, GaryG suggests that you give careful consideration to watches from Habring2, the small independent watchmaking company headed by Austrian couple Maria Kristina and Richard Habring.

The post In Praise Of Habring2: A Collector’s View – Reprise appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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There is design, and then there is Porsche Design. The former is general, the latter is a distinct design language all by itself. As the name suggests, the 1919 Globetimer UTC is a world time watch – a type of watch with which Porsche Design has had significant experience, starting with the world time watch with alarm function it created in the 1990s with IWC. Martin Green thinks this latest model is the best to date.

The post Porsche Design 1919 Globetimer UTC: When The World Is Your Oyster appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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Elizabeth Doerr highlights George Daniels' first Space Traveller, which is one of the most famous pieces of the late Erivan Haub's tremendous collection, which is slated to hit the auction block as Sotheby's Masterworks of Time. It is bound to be the highlight of the first of the four auction segments kicking off in London in July 2019.

The post Sotheby’s Masterworks Of Time Auction: George Daniels Space Traveller I Among Magnificent, Significant Collection Pieces appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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When Rolex put the Sky-Dweller Caliber 9001 in a Rolesor case in 2017 (“Rolesor” is a Rolex term for two-tone stainless steel and gold) and dropped the price down to $14,400 Chris Malburg became a player. And, as he soon discovered, so were a goodly number of other Rolex admirers. Here is the story of why he bought this watch and what happened then.

The post Why I Bought It: Rolex Sky-Dweller In Stainless Steel Rolesor – Reprise appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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Ladies, watch out! In 2019 many brands are catering to their female customers in a more mindful way, bringing out intriguing examples that both set fashionable accents and make bold statements in terms of sophisticated technology. Here’s a selection of three stunning new daily wearers from Patek Philippe, Rolex, and Carl F. Bucherer.

The post Diva Time: 3 Great New Ladies’ Watches With Timeless Good Looks From Patek Philippe, Rolex, And Carl F. Bucherer appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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One of the most famous bourbon distilleries of all is Buffalo Trace, whose story started centuries ago with a famous name: Daniel Boone, who rode through Leestown in 1771 “on the buffalo trace” more than 20 years before Kentucky even became a state. Ken Gargett shares here why he thinks the bourbon from this American distillery is so special.

The post Buffalo Trace Antique Collection Bourbon: Cult Treasure appeared first on Quill & Pad.

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