Category Archives: Art

As I have grown older my perspective on life has dramatically changed. The things I once held as important have less significance these days. Essentially (in my view) there are only two precious commodities, which are health and time. Paul Allen once said, “Our net worth is ultimately defined not by dollars but rather by how well we serve others.” Certainly, this incredibly successful businessman (co-founder of Microsoft) practised what he preached and donated vast amounts of money to laudable causes. On a smaller scale, ‘Only Watch’ has encouraged the world’s finest watchmakers to create unique 1/1 pieces for charity. As always the event (which is dedicated to research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy) attracted the Crème de la Crème of the industry including Konstantin Chaykin’s ‘Joker Selfie’ and sensational collaboration between De Bethune and Urwerk. » Read more

What I have noticed about living in Australia is that people are fanatical about their coffee. In Adelaide, where I reside there is a boutique café called ‘A Mothers Milk’ that serve single origin coffee from around the world. On one occasion I even got to try a very special brew from Tasmania. As well as a broad variety of independent eateries there are many exclusive retailers selling bespoke machines. Therefore, customers can enjoy this wonderful beverage in the comfort of their own homes. » Read more

At the moment it is the school holidays so I have been able to share many precious moments with my 10-year old son. He is exceptionally energetic and absolutely loves the outdoor lifestyle. Therefore, we have spent many hours doing the beach and lake walks, which has been blissful. As well as world-class coastal resorts, South Australia has some beautiful nature hikes. One of the most popular is the steep trail from Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty Summit. This has been a great source of inspiration for many local artists and designers. When I speak with brands around the world many are also influenced by forms found in nature. A great example is a Norwegian company Von Doren owned by the enigmatic Øyvind VonDoren Asbjørnsen. » Read more

Over the last few years, I have built up a diverse collection of leather jackets. Many are from iconic designers like Giorgio Armani, Dolce Gabbana, Martin Margiela, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent etc. Generally, I am not motivated by labels per-se and am inspired by innovative design. The garments I have procured are very rare in terms of colours, styles and patterns. Essentially this inspired me to create my own brand called ‘Morley Rose’. My concept was to create stylish Italian Nappa blazers with industrial photographic textures (concrete, marble, galvanised steel, glass) for pocket trims and lapels. I achieved this with the generous assistance of veteran Melbourne based craftsman John Presser and Pan Yiannakou who created a patented digital print technology. » Read more

A few months ago my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book was reviewed in The New York Times. It was a huge honour to be included in this prestigious magazine and the journalist Melanie Abrams wrote a beautiful article. Before this, she interviewed (via Skype) for nearly two hours. As a devout professional she wanted to know every intricacy about the book and my reasons for writing it. I explained that I had created several bespoke timepieces and wanted to shine a light on these talented artisans. One of my personal favourite’s is Konstantin Chaykin and that’s why his amazing Lunokhod Prime was a natural selection for the front cover. » Read more

A few days ago I was having a meal with a group of new friends. We discussed many topics including our aspirations and future dreams for our children. My son has just turned 10-years old and is pretty obsessed with sports. In fact, he recently one a cross country event hosted by several local schools. Another activity he is passionate about is tennis and he following in the footsteps of local (Adelaide) hero Lleyton Hewitt. Certainly, at his age, absolutely anything is possible with a lot of hard work. I also believe when you advance to your adult most things are achievable (except for elite sports). Bespoke furniture maker Silvio Acosta is a good case in study. » Read more

Approximately 10-years ago I travelled to Australia from England to visit a good friend who was living in Adelaide. Prior, to this the furthest I had ever ventured was Goa, in South India. Therefore, I was very nervous about the journey and the time involved actually getting to this country. It is also pertinent to mention I can’t sleep on planes, which added to my overall anxiety. As it happens I was in very safe hands because I booked through Singapore airlines. The service was absolutely impeccable and the staff were incredibly professional. At this stage, I couldn’t have envisaged that I would be a writer reviewing a stylish watch made by an ex-employee of the company. » Read more

A few weeks ago Schiffer Books kindly sent me an advance copy ‘Australia Modern’ (15 Houses in harmony with the land). The initial concept for this book was devised by my editor Cheryl Weber. However, as the book involved it became a three-way collaboration with myself, Cheryl and Professor Phil Harris (a prominent architect in his own right). Originally, I approached Phil Harris to write the foreword. I also wanted to feature one of the properties that he had designed called Fredrichstrasse House, which is located in Maylands, Adelaide. As the project evolved it became apparent that Phil’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Australian architecture was crucial to the integrity of the book. Even many of my selections were featured, certain residences were excluded because they (general consensus) didn’t meet the criteria. » Read more