“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.
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
At Baselworld 2016, Nomos Glashütte introduced its new automatic DUW 3001 caliber in the familiar (but usually manually wound) Tetra case, turning it into part of the Neomatik line. Big deal? Yes, big deal! Tetra is square, which is unusual in today’s watch world. The result is an unusual watch that appeals to people looking for something out of the ordinary.
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.
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.
Maserati, bearer of the mighty trident from Modena, recently introduced the very first SUV in the brand’s history with the Levante. Why? Because evolution is essential to survival. Read on to discover what makes this 4×4 so special, apart from the Maserati badge, that is.
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.