One of the things I like so much about MB&F is that it always goes all in! And this is why it is now one of the most-loved watch brands. MB&F doesn’t hold back – and its contribution of a unique piece Horological Machine No. 8 with original artwork by a 15-year-old artist to the 2017 edition of Only Watch is no exception.
About Martin Green
I am the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad. A Dutch national with familial ties to the United States of America, I unwittingly landed in the world of watches just before I turned 18. My grandfather always had an interest in timepieces, and I decided that I would celebrate my eighteenth birthday with the purchase of my very first Swiss wristwatch. Little did I know that this would open a wormhole propelling me into a universe that I am now very happy to call home. I currently serve as editor-in-chief of 'Watchtishis?!,' a magazine dedicated to affordable watches, and executive editor of 'Timetation Magazine,' which focuses on the artistic side of haute horlogerie. I also represent AOS watches and am one-half of a consultancy company called GreenKopp, which is at home in the luxury field.
Entries by Martin Green
The car industry has a vastly different approach to new cars and how to introduce them to the public. It uses a wide variety of tactics with a single goal: to ensure that when the car is ready for ordering, it will be well received by both press and consumers alike. So why don’t watch brands use the same tactic?
Many think that Louis Vuitton’s first watch was the Tambour, which was launched in 2002. However the brand actually began with a watch collection called Monterey in the 1980s. The Monterey I, an unusual world time watch designed by Gae Aulenti with alarm function, date, and moon phase, soon followed by the ceramic-encased Monterey II.
With the Grand Soir Botanic, Dior has taken the botanical theme to a whole new level, creating a miniature garden on the dial of the watch. The collection consists of just eight watches, each unique, and made using a variety of precious materials and rare techniques.
Influencers have been around for as long as humankind exists, but where in previous centuries this power was mostly in the hands of nobility, priests, elected officials, or successful entrepreneurs, it is now wielded by teenagers with a camera and an Instagram account.
While Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, was best known as an aviation pioneer, he also developed and manufactured the Breguet A2 electric car.
The Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Black & Fire for Only Watch 2017 is even more expressive than the brand’s regular Spin Time model. Using cubes for displaying the time, the watch is powered by automatic Caliber LV 77, a manufacture movement.
The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus favors “top down,” so you can hear the engine much better, the engine perhaps even being the reason to purchase the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus in the first place: a roaring 5.2-liter V10.
Post-war United States boasted unique market conditions that allowed for diamond-set men’s watches from a variety of brands to thrive. Martin Green takes us on a journey to discover how and why diamond-set watches became part of the American Dream.
One of the 49 brands donating watches in 2017 is Piaget, who created a very special version of its Black Tie Vintage with a brown Pietersite dial for the occasion. It is one of those watches that begs the question: is a Piaget that isn’t ultra-slim still a Piaget?