Land Rover has discovered what it calls a “white-space” opportunity between the Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport: enter the Range Rover Velar, a true off-road vehicle that is still beautiful enough to stand up to comparison to every other noble SUV.
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
The grandeur of Place Vendôme is hard to match. And to say that about a location in a city like Paris is quite a statement. Follow Martin Green’s tour of the horological history of the square and learn some things you undoubtedly never knew!
It doesn’t often happen that the convertible is more beautiful than the coupe, but the DB11 is a fortunate exception to this rule. Without a roof the lines of the DB11 become far more fluent! But, wait, there are even more changes that you might just find surprising.
As the resident gentleman of Quill & Pad, I feel that the time is soon approaching to write an obituary announcing the death of the dress watch. It is not that we didn’t see this coming, nor is it an isolated event, but it still hurts.
In previous James Bond movies, 007’s Seikos were equipped with homing devices, explosives, ticker tapes, and even full-color displays to receive camera transmissions. The watches worn in ‘A View To A Kill’ had none of that. In fact, you need to be very fast with your remote control to pause the movie at just the right time to even see the watches Roger Moore wears as the world’s most famous fictional spy.
Martin Green explores if there are any women’s watches that a man could wear. And by “wear” he means wearing with self-esteem intact and looking good while doing so!
Limited editions used to be a rarity, but they started to become more popular in late 1980s and early 1990s, almost like a snowball rolling down a hill that gets bigger and bigger. Can we still take them seriously?
When Lamborghini and Roger Dubuis recently announced their new partnership, our eyes were of course fully focused on the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S. But that was not all the news coming out of Lamborghini’s hometown of Sant’Agata Bolognese, as the Italian supercar manufacturer also introduced the new Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
A discussion with fellow collectors that is bound to elicit interesting responses is two-tone watches. People tend to either love them or hate them. The lovers consider them the perfect mix between a sporty looking watch and a dress watch. People who don’t care for them may think of them as a weak compromise at best. What do you think?
Let’s be honest: nobody needs a high-end mechanical watch. That we want one is based on the different levels of how a particular watch appeals to our emotions. And in the heat of passion, we sometimes tend to forget that, as in any normal industry, companies sometimes cease to exist for a panoply of reasons. What should you consider if you own, or would still like to own, a watch made by a now-defunct brand?