Entries by Martin Green

Serving Up Salmon: Watches With Sublime Salmon-Colored Dials And Why They Remain Rare – Reprise

Even seasoned watch connoisseurs 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. Martin Green explains why this is so.

The Quest For My Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 3: The Luxury Brand Period – Reprise

After obtaining a Delta Dolce Vita Oversized at the conclusion of his Italian period, Martin Green was a very happy man. The pen served him very well, and he was in love with the looks as well as the writing experience. And while Martin wasn’t looking for a replacement pen, it happened anyway . . . with some very famous brands. Read the third part of his writing instrument odyssey here.

Visiting Parmigiani Fleurier, Vaucher Manufacture Atokalpa, Elwin, Les Artisans Boîtiers, And Quadrance & Habillage: A Family Affair

Even in the watch world, miracles never happen alone: nearly every watch company needs suppliers. Parmigiani Fleurier, in Switzerland’s Val de Travers, has the advantage of being part of the Sandoz Family Foundation, whose extensive catalog of companies includes some of the best suppliers available.

The Quest For My Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 2: The Italian Period – Reprise

Italians have the gift of making the most common object look great; they can even make a coffee grinder with enough sex appeal to make Tom Jones jealous! For a relatively small country, Italy still has quite a few fountain pen manufacturers. And Martin Green thinks that he has tried products from almost all of them. Find out here what he settled on for his personal writing needs.

The Quest For My Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 1: The All-Over-The-Place Period – Reprise

Martin Green’s quest for the ultimate fountain pen began unexpectedly and over the following decades he learned many things, including: nothing compares to writing with a gold nib! Join Martin as he embarks upon part one of his personal fountain pen journey, which includes an inherited piece, a demonstrator, over-the-top colors, and cloisonné enamel.

Grand Seiko’s Urushi Dials Give The Elegance Collection A Competitive Edge (And Eye Candy)

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.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition Mojave Desert: For When You Feel The Need For (Ceramic) Speed

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!