A great ladies’ watch is all about getting the proportions right and taking extra care with the design details. At Time to Move, the Swatch Group’s 2019 replacement for Baselworld, Breguet showed us the subtle art of creating great ladies’ watches. Martin Green highlights his favorites 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
While the Air Command has been part of the Blancpain collection before, this is the first time that the brand has allowed a modern interpretation to resemble the 1950s original so closely. Martin Green thinks this is a fabulous modern reinterpretation of a chronograph that by rights should have been a classic, but never went into serial production. Find out more about it here!
Martin Green decidedly favors dress watches, but whenever there is a sports watch on his wrist there is a high probability that it is a Seamaster. So he was quite excited when Omega presented many new Seamasters during the Swatch Group’s 2019 Time to Move event. Here is a complete overview of them.
Pierce Brosnan’s personal and professional timepieces have included big names like Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Panerai, but also intriguingly Speake-Marin. What influence do the roles he plays have on his personal watch taste? Martin Green provides the answer.
What is the most precious element of any watch brand? Its manufacture? Its skilled employees? Its brand ambassadors? Its boutiques? Martin Green thinks that it’s none of those, because the most important asset of a brand is its so-called DNA. Here he explains how brands better used their DNA at the 2018 edition of the SIHH.
With the the L.U.C Flying T Twin, Chopard releases its first flying tourbillon. Martin Green thinks that it is balanced, refined, typically Chopard, and a worthwhile addition to the world of the haute horlogerie. Read on for more.
Creating a proper, high-end mechanical ladies watch is something even the best of brands struggle with. Some simply take a men’s watch, make it a bit smaller, add some diamonds or mother-of-pearl, and call it a day. Others create what they think women would like (but are not quite sure). Here is what MB&F has done, and rest assured it is anything but ordinary!
At the 2019 SIHH, Vacheron Constantin introduced the contemporary FiftySix line with blue dials. And while normally a new dial color is less exciting than a new watch or complication, the new blue highlighted just how good the dial design of the FiftySix is!
Martin Green took three catalogs from IWC – the 1989, 1993, and 1996/97 editions – noting the differences between them and the current market. This is a journey full of surprises, forgotten watches, unknown treasures, and a shocking realization of how fast horological evolution has progressed.
London is one of the world’s metropolises that can very easily stand its ground against the others by doing what it does best: being profoundly British. There are plenty of sensational timepieces in London if you know where to look, and in this article Martin Green shares a few of his favorite places.