While Louis Charles Breguet (1880-1955), great-great-grandson of Abraham-Louis Breguet, was best known as an aviation pioneer, he also developed and manufactured the Breguet A2 electric car.
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 Louis Vuitton Escale Spin Time Black & Fire for Only Watch 2017 is even more expressive than the brand’s regular Spin Time model. Using cubes for displaying the time, the watch is powered by automatic Caliber LV 77, a manufacture movement.
The 2018 Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus favors “top down,” so you can hear the engine much better, the engine perhaps even being the reason to purchase the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus in the first place: a roaring 5.2-liter V10.
Post-war United States boasted unique market conditions that allowed for diamond-set men’s watches from a variety of brands to thrive. Martin Green takes us on a journey to discover how and why diamond-set watches became part of the American Dream.
One of the 49 brands donating watches in 2017 is Piaget, who created a very special version of its Black Tie Vintage with a brown Pietersite dial for the occasion. It is one of those watches that begs the question: is a Piaget that isn’t ultra-slim still a Piaget?
Porsche’s latest addition to the 911 lineup – the GT2 RS – is not only the most powerful 911 of all time, but it’s also completely street legal! Which is strange because its light weight and speed (0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and top speed of 340 km/h) put it squarely into supercar territory.
Imagine a car brand selling out of a single showroom with no cars available for a test drive or a review. I am talking about Bristol Cars, and if you have never heard of it, even if you consider yourself a car connoisseur, you may be forgiven.
I’ll never forget that instant when I first saw this pink gold Pasha de Cartier 42 in a window: time seemed to have stopped around me, sounds faded, and all I could see was this stunning wristwatch. It was love at first touch after I went inside and tried it on!
Many of the great marques in the history of watchmaking were driven by prominent figures who ended up with a watch named after them. Such was the case for both Louis Cartier and Pierre Arpels. Both were born into jewelry and watch dynasties and both made prominent marks on the histories of their respective houses. How else are they intertwined?
After obtaining a Delta Dolce Vita Oversized at the conclusion of my Italian period, I was a very happy man. The pen served me very well, and I was in love with the looks as well as the writing experience that it provided. As usual though, while I wasn’t looking for a replacement, it happened anyway. But this time with some very famous brands.