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Is there a place for old-school jour­nal­ism among the light­ning-fast pace of to­day’s In­ter­net? Ian Skellern and El­iz­a­beth Do­err who is a long­stand­ing contributor to Plaza Watch think so. And to prove their point, the two horo­log­i­cally spe­cialised pro­fes­sional jour­nal­ists based in cen­tral Europe, with com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try ap­proach­ing 40 years, have founded Quill & Pad. This clean, easy-to-use, clearly de­signed web­site, which went live on Jan­uary 1, 2014, is now home to the sto­ries, pho­tog­ra­phy, and colour­ful el­e­ments of the haute hor­logerie end of the watch­mak­ing world – as seen through their eyes. Though the ca­sual enthusiast is cer­tain to find sto­ries, pho­tog­ra­phy and video con­cern­ing brands they know and love, he or she is also sure of learn­ing a num­ber of new things and dis­cover artists they have never heard of. En­hanc­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence is a spe­cialised glos­sary to ex­plain some of the more tech­ni­cal terms used.

This joint ven­ture, whose frame­work fo­cuses on sim­ple ef­fi­ciency while of­fer­ing a visual feast, sees the pair not only draw­ing on their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences, but also in­tro­duc­ing in­sight­ful new fig­ures to the scene. Cur­rently there are two stand­ing con­trib­u­tors, each with dis­tinct per­son­al­i­ties com­ing from dif­fer­ent ends of the horo­log­i­cal spec­trum. En­gi­neer Joshua Mun­chow from At­lanta, GA, USA is the res­i­dent ‘nerd­writer,’ from whose tech­ni­cal mind new ‘wor­di­na­tions’ and in­ter­est­ing analo­gies spring. GaryG, on the other hand, writes in­sight­fully about his ex­pe­ri­ences as an avid col­lec­tor of unique, high­end time­pieces. Both of­fer in­ter­est­ing view­points and tech­ni­cal vir­tu­os­ity.

El­iz­a­beth Do­err and Ian Skellern.

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