Martin Green is no Gérald Genta groupie charmed by everything the designer created, but he appreciates greatness. While some may favor the Genta Gefica or Grande Sonnerie as the master’s definitive design, Martin makes a case for the Retro. Find out why right here!
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
Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but Martin Green thinks that even parked the new BMW 8 Series has a fighting stance. You can see the raw power and immediately know this is not an ordinary BMW.
The lines between form, fun, and functionality have been blurry, especially in recent years. Which is why we see more and more mechanical objects with relationships to time but perhaps not directly related. Here Martin Green explores three such objects by Jaquet Droz, Urwerk, and MB&F.
When perpetual calendars are too complicated but a simple calendar just doesn’t cut it anymore because nearly half the months have less than 31 days, it’s five adjusts a year too many for some: don’t fret, there is a middle ground between the most basic calendar watches and complex perpetual calendars. The annual calendar automatically adjusts for each month with 30 or 31 days, meaning just one adjust in February. Here’s a brief history of the complication.
The Mille Miglia has become part of Chopard’s DNA – to such an extent that the event has not only become one of the nominal pillars of the brand’s collection but an icon in its own right. The Chopard Mille Miglia is one of those chronographs that has obtained a prominent position in its market, with an appeal going far beyond being associated with a high-profile event.
Even seasoned watch connoisseurs will look twice when presented with a men’s watch fitted with what’s known as a “salmon” dial. If it is a fairly common model, a salmon-colored dial usually elevates the watch to a higher plane. What else did you not know about salmon dials? Find out here!
When it comes to pilot’s watches, IWC pretty much coined the term. However, as Martin Green reports, where the former IWC Top Gun watches were generally well received, the Top Gun Miramar changed things up a bit, and the result was far more polarizing. Find out much more about the histories of Top Gun, Miramar, and IWC pilot’s watches in this story.
While it’s easy to imagine that the new Cullinan is Rolls-Royce’s very first SUV, the brand was already making stupendously luxurious cars capable of driving through incredibly difficult terrain over a hundred years ago. But the new Cullinan is still something quite special.
A trilogy of three watches make up the Schwarz-Etienne Ode au Printemps set and there will be ten sets only. Two of the trilogy feature tourbillons, yet Martin Green’s favorite, the Roswell, comes without. And these beautifully executed timepieces raise awareness for one of the most important natural disasters our world currently faces: decreasing bee populations.
While you would be forgiven for not noticing, for the very first time in its longstanding career the Mercedes G-Class has been completely redesigned. Martin Green explains how the “brick” has been improved and why it will still appeal to fans of the traditional vehicle.