Entries by Martin Green

Ferrari 488 GTB: Talking ‘Bout A Revolution

Being Ferrari means that you have a significant challenge. Where each new generation of Porsche’s 911 is an evolution, each Ferrari has to be a revolution: superior to its predecessor in often radical ways. Not every revolution empowers the right forces, but when it does, you get something like the Ferrari 488 GTB, a thoroughbred sportscar that even dips a tire into the supercar arena.

Astronomical Design: Talking To Daniel Reintjes, CEO of Christiaan van der Klaauw

In 1974 Dutch watchmaker Christiaan van der Klaauw founded his own workshop making astronomical clocks, then soon similar complications for wristwatches. He retired in 2009, passing his baton along to Daniel Reintjes, who is now in charge of the world’s only watch brand completely dedicated to astronomical watches. Quill & Pad’s Martin Green sat down with Reintjes to get a feel for where the brand is now.

Eternity In A Box: The Blancpain Rolls Starring Léon Hatot Made Watchmaking History

Léon Hatot and Blancpain met in 1929 and Hatot revealed his prototype of a revolutionary movement with automatic winding: the inside of the Rolls case included a rail on which the whole movement moved up and down on ball bearings, powered by the motion of its owner and providing the name for this unique timepiece right out of the history books.

BMW 750Li xDrive: Advanced Automotive Technology That Even James Bond Approves Of

The 750Li xDrive is a rolling Valhalla of luxury and refinement for you to enjoy in private. Often, people buying the 750Li can afford a Rolls-Royce but simply choose not to – for the same reason they don’t drive a Jaguar XJ, a Porsche Panamera, or a Maserati Quattroporte: too loud and too extroverted. If you think a Tesla is advanced, you haven’t seen what the 7 series can do. Read this to find out.

Piaget Polo S: Outside Its Comfort Zone

The Piaget Polo S shares none of the characteristics that usuallly make the Polo a Polo. It’s almost like when Daniel Craig was introduced as James Bond: he was definitely not the usual gentleman in a suit with a sense of humor, but rather more Jason Bourne’s better dressed cousin.

Jaguar F-Pace: C’mon, Bremont, Let’s See What You Can Do With This

My biggest concern with the Jaguar F-Pace was actually with the styling: Jaguars have always been elegant creatures – and an SUV must be one of the least elegant automobiles there is. But in the capable hands of Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, who hates SUVs as much as I do, the result is a car that fits beautifully in Jaguar’s current lineup while maintaining a certain feline elegance.