Entries by Martin Green

Graff MasterGraff Perpetual Calendar: Technically Fabulous Even Without The Sparkles

When gemstones and haute horlogerie meet, one of two things can happen: the watch either becomes a fitting tribute to Liberace or the result is something fabulous thanks to the synergy.
One of the reasons I love visiting the Graff stand at Baselworld is because, since the entering the market in 2008, this brand has managed to make “lots of fabulous.”

Fabergé & Gemfields’s Vertical Integration Results In Colorfully Synergistic Lady Libertine I

Say the name Fabergé and most people will immediately think of the imperial Easter eggs – and for good reason, because even today the craftsmanship and detailed execution of those eggs are still breathtaking. The Fabergé Lady Libertine I, one of the stars of Baselworld 2016 together with the Fabergé Visionnaire DTZ, is a perfect example of the synergies of Fabergé and Gemfields.

Linde Werdelin’s Jorn Werdelin Paints A Grim Picture Of The Watch Industry In 2016

“There has been an enormous amount of creativity during the past 10 or 15 years, but I can really see all that disappearing. If we face difficult times ahead, I expect the big groups will get bigger — and that makes me wonder whether or not we will see the beginning of the end of smaller, independent brands, which are often the really creative ones,” Werdelin said in the FT interview. However, I also had the impression that Werdelin’s interview begged for a follow-up, so here it is.

Piaget Emperador Coussin XL 700P: Hybrid Performance, Piaget Perfection

Hybrids in the watch world are rare, but in general perform the same way as hybrid automobiles, with chronometric performance improved significantly thanks to the quartz. For many it was a bit unexpected for Piaget, the “king of ultra-thin watches,” to introduce the Emperador Coussin XL 700P in 2016, but it did not emerge from thin air; it is the latest in a 40-year legacy of quartz innovation.

Etat Libre d’Orange: The MB&F Of The Perfume World

Although the comparison may be tenuous, I find some similarities between MB&F and Etat Libre d’Orange, the perfume house founded in 2006 by Etienne de Swardt. Originally from South Africa, de Swardt moved to Paris and gained experience with different perfume houses but eventually got frustrated by the traditional approach of many of them. He thought he could do better, so he did.