Recently I have been creating some really radical new watch designs on my iPad Pro. With the software now available it is relatively easy to produce high-quality illustrations quickly. This allows me to present them to potential clients on a global scale. However, unless you are a household name it is very hard to entice buyers away from brands like Rolex, Breitling, Omega, Tag Heuer, etc. At the higher end, the competition is even more ferocious because the groups (Swatch, Richemont, LVHM) have enormous marketing budgets. That is why independent watchmakers focus on awards to level the playing field. A great example is Bovet who has just won the coveted GPHG 2018 Aiguille d’Or for their magnificent Récital 22 Grand Récital. » Read more

A few nights ago I went to a very posh soirée to celebrate a good friend’s 45th birthday. The event was absolutely fantastic and the guests were treated like royalty. Highlights included professional catering, live music and the host even treated us to a beautiful Debussy recital on the grand piano. I was fortunate enough to spend the evening in the company of a retired Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. He is a pretty youthful 60-year old who has just designed and project managed a large scale residential project. Even though we like different styles of buildings I am sure he would appreciate the aesthetic of Villa Vingt. » Read more

A few years ago I was privileged enough to go on a cruise around Europe with my wife and small child. As well as visiting cities like Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen we also docked at St Petersburg. Unfortunately due to stringent visa regulations I had to stay on the ship and look after our child whilst my wife went on a site seeing tour. Even though the schedule was tight she managed to look around the State Hermitage museum of art. This exceptionally old museum was founded in 1764 and is one of the largest in the world. Therefore it is not surprising that all this culture has inspired many contemporary artists. It has also had a huge impact on watchmakers like Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more

A few days ago I had a very interesting meeting with a Professor of design at the city campus of Uni (university) SA in Adelaide. The main topic hinged around industrial design and the projects the students focused on. Interestingly all of their work was targeted at medical, defence, age care sectors etc. rather than a luxury lifestyle. This surprised me because I feel Australia hasn’t really exploited this market at all. Certainly, with a decline in manufacturing and a non-existent automobile industry there need to be a whole new mindset. Fortunately, a few artisans are striving to rectify this by creating some innovative products. A great example can be found in Lee Gray who is the CEO of exclusive brand Kyron Audio. » Read more