Mechanical Art

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A. Lange & Söhne Tourbograph Perpetual Pour le Mérite: Building On Foundations | Quill & Pad

by Joshua Munchow<p>Growth is, by nature, unsustainable.<p>Most economists won’t admit it, but every biologist or ecologist knows first-hand that growth is …

Watches

Monster mash: Christian Klein’s wild Honda CB900

It’s getting harder and harder to categorize custom bikes. We all know a traditional cafe racer when we see one, but these days we’re just as likely to stumble across a ‘cafe’ bike with dual sport tires. Or a bobber with clip-ons and racing rubber.<p>Some mash-ups hit the mark, and some don’t. This is …

Motorcycles

Ducati 1199 Polished Panigale by Ortolani Customs

Ducati 1199 S spreads an incredible sense of luxury and a simple design, characterized by strong and catchy elements. this superbike version is a …

Design

How to play with time with L'Heure Impatiente by Hermès

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass Camera, An Ultra-Compact 35mm Camera From The 1930s

Thursday April 20, 2017<p>This is one of the most unlikely and wonderful little machines to come out of Jaeger-LeCoultre, ever. You may have read about …

A spectacular Monster S2R with hints of steampunk

Ah, the mighty Ducati Monster. From Miguel Galluzzi’s first design in 1993, right up to the current range, it just keeps getting better. It’s a cool ride straight out of the box, even better with a little fettling, and can be downright outrageous in the hands of the right builder.<p>By the right …

Motorcycles

The secrets behind the world's most famous superyacht: designer Philippe Starck reveals how the £240m Motor Yacht A came to be

Launched in 2008 and still arguably the world’s most famous superyacht, the $300m (£240m) Motor Yacht A is unlike anything else on the water. Commissioned for development over 10 years ago by its owner, Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko, its designer Philippe Starck has for the very first time …

Yachts

New Trends in Complicated Ladies Watches

The time that quartz movements where the staple in women’s watches is slowly passing. Over the last couple of years, the demand for mechanical ladies …

Watches

Four Play - Kerkus CB400 Cafe Racer

Malaysia's custom motorcycle scene is heating up! In the last couple of years we've seen some incredible builds from fledgling workshops spurred on …

Café Racers

Introducing: The HYT H0, Another Take On The Unusual Fluid-Filled Watch

Tuesday April 11, 2017<p>Most watch brands today have a schtick – and I don't mean that in a bad way. Whether it's creating budget-friendly pieces …

Watches

Virtuoso VIII Tourbillon by Bovet 1822

McLaren 570S Track Pack review - racy additions make for one of McLaren's best cars yet

What is it?<p>The 570S Track Pack is a lightly reworked version of McLaren’s fastest Sports Series model. It’s a little lighter than the standard car, …

Supercars

Independent Watchmakers of the AHCI at Baselworld 2017

PRIMETIME - Special Baselworld - March 2017

It's A Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World

They say you should never mess with a good thing, but maybe a little tinker here and there isn’t so bad. Amid the cool new gadgets and coffee tech …

Coffee

Hysek Colossal Grande Complication Watch

2017 is a momentous year for Hysek. It not only marks the 20th anniversary of the brand, but it is also the 10th anniversary of Hysek's manufacture …

Watches

This MINI Remastered is a gorgeous throwback to the original MINI

A man by the name of David Brown seems to like remastering old, classic British cars. Awhile back, he did it with a Jaguar XKR and made it look like …

Engineering

MB&F HM6 SV 'Sapphire Vision' Watch Hands-On

After I went hands-on with the HM6's caliber as part of our Movement Hands-On Series in 2014, I thought it would be the last time for me to see this …

Watches

MB&F Presents Destination Moon at Baselworld 2017

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

by Ian Skellern<p>After two economically difficult years for sales of high-end watches, I was expecting a fairly subdued Baselworld 2017. I could not …

Watches
Supercars

Nowhere To Hide: Presenting The Greubel Forsey Balancier (With Lots Of Live Photos) | Quill & Pad

by Ian Skellern<p>In watchmaking, complications are widely appreciated because they both look good − there’s often plenty of visual action to marvel at …

Watches

Bugatti Chiron review - the £2.5m hypercar we've been waiting for

What frame of reference do you use to assess a car that costs £2.5m, develops 1479bhp, 1600Nm of torque, accelerates from a standstill to 124mph in …

Supercars

New Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T review - V8 turbo brings new dimension to epic GT

If you look back at Ferrari’s long and illustrious history, you’ll struggle to unearth a single one of its road cars to be offered with a choice of …

Supercars

Introducing: The De Bethune DB28 Kind Of Blue Tourbillon Meteorite

Monday March 20, 2017<p>Sci-fi tourbillons have kind of become De Bethune's thing. Yeah, I wrote "sci-fi tourbillons" with zero irony and I'm sticking …

Watches

Introducing: The Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer (Live Pics & Pricing)

Wednesday March 22, 2017<p>Recognize this one? It’s the Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer, which Omega announced earlier this year, but with a …

Watches

Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Watch

Haute horology is sometimes mistaken for meaning complicated watches. But, of course, we know haute horology is more than that. Haute horology simply …

Watches

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Watch With 1/100th Of A Second Chronograph

The Zenith Defy El Primero 21 is the fist major new Zenith timepiece release under still new "interim CEO" Jean-Claude Biver. The head of the watch …

Watches