Entries by Martin Green

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.

Samsung Gear S2 By De Grisogono: Boldly Going Where No Smartwatch Has Gone Before

Fawaz Gruosi, founder and CEO of de Grisogono’s creations, has infused such strong DNA into his products that they cannot be confused for anything else but a product by de Grisogono.

From his remarkable insight ability, he introduced at Baselworld 2016 a smartwatch. A luxury smartwatch powered by Samsung technology . . . and decorated with plenty of black diamonds.