Monthly Archives: March 2015
Tim Cook and team Apple just released the advent of a revolution in time keeping and smart watch technology; so why is Pad & Quill, crafter of exemplary cases and bags for all things Apple, rambling on about making time stand still? Simple, the battery life of the new Apple Watch is somewhere south of 24 hours and the watch needs to be recharged every night.
We believe even this simplest of acts should be a beautiful extension of the design and engineering prowess which is exemplified in the Apple Watch. So, we drew inspiration from Brian’s grandfather, an Irish Canadian, World War I veteran and lifetime salesman for Firestone tires (which at the start would have been revolutionary, as the company founded in 1900 pioneered mass production of the pneumatic tire). At one point, Grandpa Mac’s unflinching work ethic and exemplary customer service was awarded with a timeless, Elgin gold pocket watch. Each night, He wound that watch and set it by his bedside.
As we contemplated the life changing potential of the Apple Watch and coordinated Research Kit and Health Kit software, in addition to the complex process of metallurgy and horology represented in the final product, it compelled us to reflect on the expansion of time past and future. As we look back, we see the virtues of dedication, respect for customers, craftsmen and service partners, and an unwavering commitment to excellence embodied in a great man’s watch, and as we look ahead, we see unlimited potential for those who dream and work and strive to bring change and beauty to the world around us.
With these timeless thoughts in mind, we crafted The Luxury
Most folks are familiar with the phrase, “when in Rome do as the Romans do.” While on this trip to visit our friends and manufacturing partners in Leon Guanojuanto Mexico I learned a new phrase, “a donde fueras, haz lo que vieres”. A loose translation of this old spanish saying is, “where you go, do what you see”. A donde fueras, haz lo que vieres in Leon means eating quesedillas under a makeshift tarpelin tent and paying scant attention to the bubbling pot from which the meat is pulled, (I’m not certain but I think I saw an eye wink at me). Most delicious street food I’ve encountered, and a Mr. PQ favorite. He wants me to make this comida at home, but I’m reasonably certain this feat can’t be replicated in the United States, because it’s not just the ingredients. It’s the hot desert air and the cool shade of the tarp, it’s the seasoning of a griddle that’s achieved by thousands of quesadillas passing over it and being cleaned exclusively by a quick scrape. It’s rumble of diesel trucks passing through the manufacturing district and banter of uniformed children walking home for a mid day meal, which happens to occur around 2, a phenomenon, to which I could grow accustomed. An hour break in the afternoon to slow down, eat, rest, breathe, then you reconvene for dinner around 8. I explained to Alvaro, our designer of leather iPhone wallet cases, we eat supper around 5:30 or 6. He was mystified how we could go 12 hours sin comida (without eating). I’ve never given it a second thought but I’d guess the practice evolved from farming life where supper, bedding down and rising up were all characterized by “early”. Alvaro and Mr. PQ have been busy with iWatch accessory designs and we think you will enjoy what we are doing with