Breguet has updated its Marine collection with three new models offering a wide range of styles and case materials to suit all tastes. Martin Green explains why he thinks this is a winning strategy.
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
Adding a few diamonds to a watch: how hard can that be? As it turns out, stone 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.
Chopard has been in the perfume business for more than 20 years, but now with the founding of Chopard Perfumes, the Genevan brand takes full control of its scents and immediately kicks things into a higher gear with four new products based on sustainably sourced ingredients.
Ikepod launched in 1994 without a history, so co-founder and designer Marc Newson could create his own playground. and that is exactly what he did. And there is no better example of his joyful design than the Ikepod Megapode launched in 1999.
Some car brands are so quintessentially English that they can only be developed in the United Kingdom. TVR is a prime example of this, however despite more than its share of dark times, the company is on a roll again, having recently launched a new Griffith – and a new partner for World Endurance Racing in Rebellion.
Both Martin and Ian named the Giberg Niura Flying Tourbillon as their “best of show” in the Quill & Pad Baselworld 2018 round table. So why did two guys who usually don’t cast as much as a second glance at women’s watches come to decide that an overtly diamond-set timepiece was the best thing they saw at Baselworld? You’ll have to see it to find out. And it’s worth seeing!
While I know my own ethics, most of you don’t, and such is my appreciation for the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Black Enamel that I am slightly concerned that some of you might feel I’ve taken a bribe. So to you I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
A complete or full calendar complication indicates date, day of the week, and month. However, for the Villeret Quantième Complet GMT, Blancpain has also included a moon phase and a second time zone.
When the Breguet announcement that the Classique Tourbillon Extra-Plat Automatique 5367 is now also available with a high-fire enamel dial (previously, it was available with a guilloche dial) popped into my email box, I had to smile: as an avid enthusiast of ultra-thin watches, Breguet’s classic ultra-thin tourbillon ranks among my favorites. But what makes this one so special?
Can something that is highly functional also be art? If there is one brand that has proven — at least in watches — that functional objects can be art it is Nomos. The German company’s designs can are minimalistic, which leads to enormous focus on every minuscule detail. The ‘De Stijl’ version offered by Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam takes all of this even further in a limited edition that costs no more than the regular collection edition.