For people that don’t wear timepiece, it is pretty hard to conceive that collectors will pay millions for rare models. Most people I meet these days own an Apple watch because of its functionality. Even Australia’s former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull can be seen (at many public events) wearing this device. However, in the world of celebrity mechanical watches still, seem relevant because brands will pay huge amounts to secure sponsorship deals. One of the most successful partnerships to date is Richard Mille’s collaboration with tennis legend Rafael Nadal. Recently the ‘King of Clay’ secured his 12th French Open title, whilst sporting his RM 27-03. » Read more

About a month ago a great friend recommended that I watch a TV programme called Billions. The show is about a tenacious district attorney (Chuck Rhoades) trying to bring a billionaire hedge fund manager (Robert “Bobby” Axelrod) to justice. With several clever plot twists, there have been 4 series so far (48 episodes) and the 5th one in production. Even though some of the storylines are a bit far fetched and farcical at times, it is totally addictive. Just looking at Axelrod’s extravagant lifestyle (where literally everything is attainable) is captivating. Certainly, this purveyor of good taste would be interested in these 3 extraordinary watches. » Read more

A few months ago I attended a design forum in Tonsley, South Adelaide. Interestingly this location was formerly a thriving car plant (owned by Mitsubishi), which closed several years ago. With private and government funding the region has been regenerated beyond recognition. The site now comprises trendy townhouses, a state of the art university campus and community college. One of the key speakers at the awards was Dr Brandon Gien who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Good Design Australia Awards. Recently they decided to make their commemorative awards from recycled waste plastic recovered from the sea. » Read more

I have always been a huge film fanatic dating back to my university days. To fulfil the honours component of by ‘Bachelor in Arts’ degree I was required to write a 10,000-word dissertation. To my tutor’s surprise (horror) I opted to write about Cary Grant and his contribution to light comedy. In those days (1989) computers were not a big thing so predominantly it had to be written by hand and then forwarded to a typist. However, to my absolute delight, it was very well received and was awarded a high grade. This just goes to show that if you are passionate about a subject then the overall result will be positive. » Read more