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Like most people I like to stay in decent accommodation when I am holiday. Maybe when I was much younger (before I got married and had a kid) I would have been less selective about where I stayed. In fact, previously I slept in hostels or went camping with my parents. However, these days I would opt (finances permitting) to reside in the best hotel/rental apartment I could afford. » Read more

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The other night we played host to good friends of ours in celebration of the book (Limited Edition Watches) I have just produced for Schiffer Publishing. Even though the couple appreciate timepieces, they are not collectors. In fact, they were very impressed with many of the 150 exquisite watches featured in my book. Their business is property development so they regularly visit building sites. Due to the nature of this environment it is not advisable to wear an expensive watch as it would be sure to get damaged. However, they both mentioned they were looking for a stylish and affordable timepiece for special occasions. Certainly I would recommend they look at the offerings from Choisi Suisse. » Read more

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There is no doubt that the watch industry is having a really tough time at the moment. Two main reasons are the global financial crisis and Tech giant Apple’s phenomenal iWatch. Various well informed spectators have made the comment that once you own this device it is hard to live without. Personally I am a huge fan of Apple products but do not own one of their timepieces. That is because I prefer handcrafted products that are created by individual artisans. In a recent book I have produced (for Schiffer publishing) entitled “Limited Edition Watches” there are 150 sensational (mostly mechanical) timepieces featured including MB & F’s HM6. » Read more

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A few days ago I had a great conversation with my publisher Peter Schiffer about the ‘Limited Edition Watches’ book we had produced together. Essentially I wanted to thank him for doing such a wonderful job, which massively exceeded my expectations. Since his mother Nancy Schiffer retired a couple of months ago Peter has taken over the helm. Due to the time difference between Adelaide and Pennsylvania it is not easy to make contact with Peter on a regular basis. However, it is pertinent to mention that he is very supportive and more importantly allows his authors a huge amount of creative autonomy.  » Read more