Two new members of the Grand Seiko Elegance Collection are outfitted with superb Urushi lacquer dials nestled within pink gold cases. While this Japanese lacquer can be applied to a variety of different objects, it is primarily known in the Western world as an artistic decoration on high-end fountain pens. Here Martin Green explains how Urushi dials give Grand Seiko an edge over its competition.
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.
Entries by Martin Green
The majority of IWC’s ceramic watches feature a black case, the most traditional color for ceramic. One exception is the sandy-colored Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Mojave Desert, which is a highly unusual color for a ceramic case. IWC also gave the watch a brushed technical finish, which is further enhanced by a textile strap with rubber lining. Here Martin Green explores what other cool things are different about this watch!
The Hermès Arceau Grands Fonds is a rare and precious beauty. Its glass mosaic dial is a work of art, framed by a case made of white gold. And, as is nearly everything with Hermès, the Arceau Grands Fonds is also a functional object: the brand wants you to enjoy this watch on the wrist, where it belongs!
It turns out gem-setting is a lot more difficult than many appreciate. Diamond-setting watches requires the expertise and craftsmanship of about half a dozen highly skilled craftsmen, each a master of their craft, as highlighted here by Martin Green.
Martin Green asks whether perfection exists. Then he hypothesizes that it just may well exist in the form of an interesting and exciting new watch for men: H. Moser & Cie.’s Venturer Concept Vantablack.
Schwarz Etienne developed the Fiji Floral Seconds from the ground up as a daily-wear watch for women, and it’s such a cut above that it’s likely to attract the attention of many men as well.
Ferrari is not a brand of evolution, but revolution. It likes to push forward, fueled by Italian passion, to innovate and revolutionize to make its cars faster and more agile. This is pretty much true for Hublot as well, though such a thirst for innovation also means regularly introducing new models. Here Martin Green reviews the latest from the Hublot-Ferrari partnership: the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT.
What is the most precious element of any watch brand? Its manufacture? Its skilled employees? Its brand ambassadors? Its boutiques? Martin Green thinks that it’s none of those, because the most important asset of a brand is its so-called DNA. Here he explains how brands better used their heritage at the 2018 SIHH.
There is no shortage of choice for powerful luxurious cruisers, which begs the question that if such incredible, every-wish-fulfilling cars exist why would you buy Bentley’s new Flying Spur? Martin Green thinks that the answer is simple: because it is a Bentley. As the new Flying Spur so elegantly illustrates.
For Martin Green, one of the true pleasures of being a watch journalist is the ability to try out watches before they even hit the market. This joy increases when the watch in question is of a rare breed like the Habring2 Perpetual-Doppel, a seldom-seen combination of perpetual calendar and split-seconds chronograph. Habring2 unites these two complications in one watch to celebrate the independent watch brand’s 15th anniversary.