Category Archives: Art

As many of my readers are aware I am a huge admirer of Tim Waring and what he’s achieved with Eves & Gray. Not only has Tim designed many sensational shoes, but he has also branched out into furniture and more recently stylish waterproof jackets. A couple of years ago I introduced him to Max Van Brauge and they co-created some exquisite Swiss mechanical timepieces. In return, Tim connected me with a very clever gentleman called Pan Yiannakou, who has invented a special method of printing onto leather. The best way to describe this patented technique is as a ‘digital tattoo’. » Read more

A friend of mine called Alan recently travelled to Europe on an extended family vacation. He said the trip was absolutely fantastic and got to experience many interesting destinations. One of the highlights he mentioned was a trip to Venice, which is a truly magical city. Even though it has become a tourist hotspot there are still many hidden gems. As a watch fanatic, Alan is always on the search for new pieces for his collection. On this occasion, he visited a high-end boutique, which specialised in Panerai timepieces. After being treated to fine chocolates he was confronted with the price of $10,000. For a luxury watch, this isn’t particularly high as collectors will pay large sums for rare models. » Read more

Incredibly the festive season is rapidly approaching and is now less than a month away. This will be my 6th Christmas in Australia and I am thoroughly looking forward to celebrating with friends. When my (now 9-year old) son first arrived on these shores he was only 2. Therefore, he has no recollection of the white Christmas’s we experienced in the UK. He is more used to day trips to the beach and shrimps on the barbie. Also, he has higher expectations concerning presents and like most kids of his age wants an Xbox or PlayStation. In contrast, I would be more than happy with a beautiful timepiece. Certainly, there are several to choose from including the marvellous limited edition (23 pieces) Wyvern Manufacture LE.2 from Brellum. » Read more

Before I relocated to Australia (2012) I resided in Manchester, England for over 20-years. This vibrant city (dubbed the capital of the North) experienced an enormous amount of regeneration. My personal favourite suburb was Chorlton, which became a real property hotspot. This happened because there were several chic bars, restaurants and independent clothing boutiques. Most of the local architecture was late Victorian/Edwardian terrace homes. These dwellings were originally built for blue collar workers and therefore the footprint was exceptionally narrow. However, with the assistance of a progressive architect and a bit of lateral thinking, the results could be outstanding. » Read more

I have recently become very interested in wristwatches that display multiple time zones. Although quartz watches like Diesel’s Mr Daddy 2.0 provide this function adequately I like the concept of a Swiss automatic with this feature. Many timepieces have dual time zones that are controlled by an individual movement. The problem I have found is that they haven’t got the facility to operate in increments of 30 minutes. Realistically there are two solutions available to remedy this issue. The first option is to purchase the revolutionary Legacy N°1 from MB & F, which costs $92,000 or Armin Strom Masterpiece 1 Dual Time Resonance around 180,000. Unfortunately, due to the exclusive nature of these exquisite watches the price point, this isn’t viable for most people (including me). The second alternative is to buy a timepiece, which contains more than one movement. Here are five superb watches (I personally own) that successfully illustrate this point.

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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 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