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Over the last year I have been fortunate to travel to New Zealand twice and enjoy the beauty this remarkable country has to offer. Probably my favourite city has to be the capital Wellington because it is brimming with art and culture. It also seems to be a hot bed for contemporary architecture. In fact, I was really surprised at the overall calibre of residential homes in this region. This is especially poignant because the weather conditions are severe and the threat of earthquakes is a real concern. » Read more

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At the moment I am hearing many conflicting reports about the state of the watch industry. Certainly the publishing industry has had a massive decline in advertising revenue as companies try different marketing strategies. I also think Apple’s timepiece has had a huge impact as well even though it is more of a technological device. At the end of the day fine timepieces are luxury items and in an economic crisis, they are the first things to be sacrificed. However, there are numerous collectors that are not effected by these factors and want something very exclusive. That is why specialist micro brands like Ochs und Junior have managed to survive. » Read more

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A few nights ago I watched a captivating documentary about the life and career of Harry Seidler. Since I moved to Australia four years ago I have become more and more fascinated with contemporary architecture. I don’t mean the generic box like dwellings that occupy most suburbs around the world. Ultimately I am talking about sustainable buildings that have involved serious consideration and are designed to last the test of time. Certainly this was Harry Seidler’s primary objective. » Read more

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A few days ago on (Thursday November 10th) at the Théâtre du Léman the 16th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) was hosted. This prestigious event is the watch industries equivalent of the Academy Awards. Ultimately 27 experts from around the world choose the Crème de la crème of fine horology. Even though I don’t agree with all of the judges selections (and feel a lot of innovative brands have been excluded) there is no doubt there are some beautifully designed watches on display. Here are some of my personal favourites. » Read more