Not only Martin Green thinks that a date has the power to swiftly ruin the appearance of a watch. But that didn’t happen to Breguet’s latest addition to the Tradition family, the smart Quantième Rétrograde 7597 with its clever new date function. See for yourself!
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 have a deep-rooted passion for watches. And while being a gentleman perfectly describes my approach to life, it does also require the development of eclectic knowledge that goes beyond beautiful timepieces. Therefore, I also enrich Quill & Pad with various watch and non-watch-related articles that are luxurious in nature, but which could nevertheless be quite interesting to watch-crazy readers.
Martin Green reports on five green-themed watches he saw during the loose Geneva Watch Days fair, timepieces that made such impressions that they have stuck with him this past week.
Dandies and Piaget have always enjoyed a natural alliance. There are several reasons for this: precious metals and manufacture movements that are as small and thin as possible – allowing nearly unprecedented freedom for the brand’s designers. Martin Green takes a look at some dandy Piaget models!
Here are three intriguing tourbillons by Laurent Ferrier, Vacheron Constantin, and Piaget from the digital Watches & Wonders 2020 fair that particularly caught Martin Green’s critical eye.
With the Chronomètre FB 2RE, Ferdinand Berthoud takes a very big step in the right direction with a more traditional round case and a movement that features a remontoir d’egalite alongside a chain-and-fusée assembly. And the finishing cannot be described as anything other than simply sublime.
A collector got in touch with Martin Green about an engraving project on a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classique that he was planning. What caught Martin’s attention was that the collector was collaborating with an engraver very close to his home, so he seized the opportunity to follow the project as it unfolded. He shares his experiences and photos here.
For Martin Green, the MB&F L’Épée 1839 Massena Lab T-Rex Bronze seems more raw and animalistic than its predecessors, as though you can smell the scent of this top predator moving through dense vegetation. He thinks that the true T-Rex variation has landed, and here he explains why.
Hublot always seems to have a finger on the pulse of what is currently moving people. And in this spirit the brand has recently launched a ‘gender-neutral’ Big Bang in a color marketed as ‘Millennial Pink.’ And Zenith has also recently announced a Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Pink Edition, both of which have prodded Martin Green into taking a dive into ‘gender-neutral watches.’ And he wonders why there aren’t more of them.
For the Hermès Arceau Harnais Français Remix, Hermès’ watch designers found inspiration in a pair of beautifully harnessed horses that formed the centerpiece of a silk scarf designed by Hugo Grykar, who served as the brand’s in-house designer from the 1940s until 1959. The dial is engraved Limoges porcelain painstakingly decorated with colorful oven-fired enamel. And the result is a wearable work of art!
Complicated haute horlogerie doesn’t get much better than twin triple-axis spherical tourbillons as found in the Purnell Escape II Double Tourbillon. And while in some cases less is more, here more is definitely more. The tourbillons are mesmerizing in part thanks to their high rotation velocity; they make full revolutions in respectively 8, 16, and 30 seconds. What is behind this masterful piece of high watchmaking?