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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

Back in April 2019, I was very privileged to be interviewed by the New York Times. They were interested in writing an in-depth editorial about my recently published ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book. In particular, the journalist (Melanie Abrams) wanted to know why I embarked on the project initially. The feature (published May 17th 2019) entitled ‘Highlighting Watchmakers People Had Never Heard of’ is very catchy but doesn’t tell the full story. Sure there are many micro brands including my own horology design platform (Paolo Mathai Horology) that have previously had very little press coverage. However, also under this category are labels like Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and many other brilliant ateliers. » Read more

As the weather has progressively got colder in Adelaide, watching captivating dramas on Netflix has become more appealing. A few months ago a friend recommended I watch a Norwegian series called Occupied (Original title: Okkupert). This intriguing thriller is set in the near future and is the most expensive Norwegian production ever filmed. Interestingly the protagonist is the Green Party leader and the newly elected prime minister called Jesper Berg. His mission is to make Norway self-sufficient by using a thorium-based nuclear power instead of oil. In the context of this series, this causes friction but this progressive thinking could soon be a reality. » Read more

I have never been that interested in politics and am always disappointed at the outcome of general elections. Even though I was able to vote this time (as an Australian citizen) the result was virtually a foregone conclusion. Most countries including Australia are dominated by two major parties. That is why smaller independents (normally with better ideals) find it very hard to find a voice. The same comparison can be found in the world of horology, which is governed by a few groups. These corporate own a large majority of the overall marketing share It was that reason I developed a passion for smaller watchmakers like Kari Voutilainen. » Read more

Recently my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book was featured in the New York Times. It was a huge honour to have a detailed review written about this publication because the project was immensely enjoyable. The journalist who interviewed me is a highly professional British lady called Melanie Abrams. We spoke in depth about the brands included and why I embarked on the project in the first place. I explained (as watch designer) it fascinated me how companies go to enormous creative lengths to create extraordinary timepieces. A great example can be found in luxury label Christophe Claret. » Read more