Apple Watch

  • Mrs PQ gets the first Apple Watch

    It’s Mrs. PQ’s birthday today or, in other words, the annual rite of acknowledging I have the activity level of a 30 year old, the body of a dinged up 40 year old and the mind of a 92 year old.  Which explains why I’ve begun referring to myself in third persona.

    If it were up to me, we would be offering a 47% discount on every product purchased today, especially our Apple Watch Stand and Catchall for Apple Watch, but Mr. PQ has already lost enough hair trying to teach me to use my Watch that arrived upon my doorstop yesterday afternoon at 3:57pm. (Not that Mr. PQ was paying attention or anything).  You see, Apple must surely love me better and thus explains why my watch arrived before Mr. PQ’s.

    Allow me to set the scene:  As Mr. PQ was across the city on errands with the youngest kid, every other kid, including the adopted neighbor kids, were notified to be on the lookout for the Big Brown Truck.  I think for humor’s sake alone, numerous people wanted to be in audience for this grand unveiling, knowing full well that my reactions would be rich fodder for tweets and texts titled, “OMG, Mom! R U Serious?”  I believe the Oldest Quill has a blog entitled, I can’t believe the s@*% my mom says”. However, as Mr. PQ and I needed some quality time, we bought a bottle of wine and decided to wait until the kids were in bed to commence with the experience.

    Suffice to say, once I had rambled my way through the unpacking experience and began trying to figure the Apple Watch out, Mr. PQ was ready to switch to bourbon, straight up.  I insisted on attacking this like the plebe I am, seeing how much I could manage to figure out on my own.  Five minutes later, and Mr. PQ physically restraining himself, my Apple Watch blinked awake.  Pardon me for thinking the turn on switch should be the long narrow button by the knob.

    Then, for your iPhone to sync to your watch, you need to “take a picture of the Watch face”.    Apparently, this requires lighting on magnitude of the sun, so I allowed Mr. PQ to complete this step while I sipped my wine.  Since he is pretty cute when he is geeking out, it appealed to me to give way and let him walk me through the remainder of the set up.  He was cautious in trying to coach me verbally, and when our Watch vocabulary synced, I was deftly able to rotate the crown to navigate the home screen.  The whole scene was reminiscent of the Dad in “A Christmas Story” delighting in Ralphie’s newly opened Red Ryder BB Gun with the compass in the stock, except Ralphie didn’t kiss his dad in thanks.

    I have now sent my heartbeat to Mr. PQ and god only knows what strangers, I’ve fulfilled my Dick Tracy fantasies of my youth, talking to my watch to communicate and I’ve come to understand the most magical part of the Apple Watch is that you can set time forward by 7 minutes so you always feel on time for everything.  (yes, my clock setting fetish drives my family crazy).  The awesome thing here though, is that your alarms know the real time, so you actually can be on time for everything and have the added euphoria of being early.

    This great company Pad and Quill, has compelled me to become an early adapter of Apple technology, while it isn’t always a euphoric experience, it certainly is an entertaining one.

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • The Beauty of Earth

    Wednesday was Earth Day which  has always struck me as a rather panicked holiday, somewhat akin to Apple Watch Delivery Day.  As of 3:03 am Mr. PQ has not received his golden ticket of specific delivery date goodness.  The vixen in me so relishes the possibility of my Apple Watch arriving before his.  I’d likely just leave it unopened on the corner of my desk for several hours and watch his hair fall to the ground in chunks.

    But I digress.  I love the month of April here in Minnesota.  All things nature that slumbered through winter begin to awaken and dress in their summer clothes.  Having been battered by six months of blistering cold temperatures, some years without nature’s blanket of snow to protect them, other years oppressed by a concrete like slab of the stuff, I marvel at the tenacity of the more  fragile lifeforms that emerge for another growing season.  As a person who spends as much time in the outdoors as I possibly can, I have empathy for urban dwellers who incarcerate themselves inside steel and glass for the majority of their waking hours.  They awaken on April 22nd with an alert on their iPhone 6 reminding them it is Earth Day and a sense of panic sets upon them not unlike that feeling when you wake up the day after your mother’s birthday and realize you forgot to send a card.  “It’s Earth Day, I know it’s important, but I don’t know what to do!”  So they go to the google and find a link to buy a tree to save their Mother.

    For us land dwellers every day is Earth Day.  A celebration of the dynamic tension between the fragile and the formidable, the resilient and the restive.  We love the earth for it’s diversity and it’s splendor, for the stories that it writes across it’s sky and for the beauty it brings to our daily lives.  And of course this passion drives us in the design of products we bring to you.  The Luxury Pocket Stand for Apple Watch is one such example.  A magnificent celebration of American Cherry, American Walnut and African Mahogany. Now if only the damn Watch would arrive we could move forward with production. #firstworldproblems

    Kari

    Mrs PQ

  • Why not to get an Apple Watch

    Contrary to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, the answer to the universe is no longer 42, the new answer is Apple Watch.  At least this is the conclusion the myriad of alarms sounding across my many Apple devices is driving me toward.  The new universal question should be, what color wood Pad & Quill Stand for Apple Watch should I purchase to complete my new horologic experience, Mahogany or Cherry?  It seems the universal question within the tech world is whether Apple Watch will really be that big of a thing.

    “It’s just a ploy to sell more iPhone 6 and 6P.” That’s a bad thing?  Not for our many Apple Store reps and techies who like their jobs and the great peripherals like Macworld.com, 9to5mac.com, MacRumors.com and others.

    “It’s going to go flat with such a short battery life” (The Stand for Apple Watch makes that an awesome inconvenience).

    “People just don’t wear watches anymore.” Well it’s high time we get our noses out of our iPhones and Apple Watch facilitates this fluidly.

    Finally, Boomers abound who grew up watching our heroes like Batman, Dick Tracy, and James Bond fight for world peace with the aid of a multifunctional time piece.  As Tim Cook said, he’s been waiting to talk into a watch since he was ten.  He is not alone in that.

    However, if waking up in the middle of the night to stand in a virtual line in your jammies doesn’t excite you, then click over to Pad  & Quill and take a look at our new Valet Sleeve and Timber Case for iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

    Here’s a little preview:

    How much wood would a woodchuck chuck….?  Frankly, up here in MN we leave the chucking to the beavers and the selection of our premium hardwoods to our craftsmen.  The Timbercase for iPhone 6 (or iPhone 6 plus) is conscientiously crafted from locally sourced cherry and hickory woods.  Because Mrs. PQ would be quick to advise, when it comes to iPhones and woods it’s best not to be caught completely naked.

    Mrs PQ

  • Making Time Stand Still

    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.

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    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 Pocket Stand for Apple Watch, The Luxury Travel KitTravel Pouch and The Roll Up Kit for Apple Watch.  A gorgeous celebration of ageless craftsmanship and appreciation for the beauty found in natural resources.

    Brian and Kari

    Mr and Mrs PQ

  • When in Mexico...

    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 Italian design, luxury leather and regional hardwoods.

    Apple Watch, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Apple Watch… it’s going to be big and I’m nervous as heck with anticipation of trying to understand and use the thing.

    A donde fueras… When in Iowa, do as the Iowans do.  This would include consumption of corn and tater tot hot dish.  It would also include working with Jason who is taking the concept of bumper case for iPhone to a resplendently natural level with beautifully crafted hardwood. Those details will be emerging soon!

    When at Old Mexico do as the Old Mexicans do, but we covered that in the first paragraph.  What we can’t wait to uncover is what Alex has been up to in designing a new line of leather and wax canvas bags, backpacks and accessories, can’t divulge too much more but suffice to say it will be a 'Triumph' of bag goodness.

    When in St. Paul… you stop in at the greasy, hole-the-wall, rail car diner, Chris and Rob’s and have hot dogs that are stadium good, to die for, dogs.  No one should watch how sausage is made, but it is pretty fascinating to watch our bookbindery staff craft our moleskin journal iPad, iPhone and Macbook Air cases.  Tom and Mr. PQ are designing a fairly well indestructible case that will release later this year as well.

    Now I'm off to ask Mr PQ what the over/under is that I will be unable to figure out my Apple Watch in the first week of having in on my wrist.

    Mrs PQ

    Kari

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