Category Archives: Art

Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

Like most authors/bloggers I spend an enormous amount of my time trying to find products that will resonate with my readers. Originally when I started writing about watches a few years ago the main source of inspiration are labels like MB & F, Urwerk, DeBethune etc. Certainly these watchmakers are pioneering and have made the horological landscape very exciting. However, the price point is well beyond most people’s budgets and they only produce a limited amount of models a year. Fortunately, for the consumer there are several distinctive and more affordable options. A great example is MUSE who have just unveiled a great collection of ‘Swiss Art Watches’ (Stella, Stella-S, Akylon, Tanoura, Kagura). » Read more

As I mentioned previously the idea for my ‘Limited Edition Watches’ book was shaped on a return flight back from Zurich (after visiting Baselworld) to Dubai. As a stoke of good fortune I happened to be seated next to a charming gentleman called Chettha Songthaveepol. He is based in Thailand and the Editor/Chairman of QP Magazine.  We had an enormous amount in common and talked about various collaborations. One of the concepts we discussed was a project about unique timepieces with an advertising component. Essentially this would mean brands would pay money for editorial content. Crucially this is not what I envisioned so I pitched the idea to another global publisher called Schiffer Books. They were very receptive and the rest (as they say) is history. » Read more

A good friend of mine is originally from Melbourne and always dreams of relocating back there in the future. This incredible metropolitan city certainly has massive appeal and culturally is hard to beat. That is why it not surprising that it been voted the world’s most liveable city for a sixth consecutive year running. Obviously any pole is subjective and is based on a range of different criteria including healthcare, education, stability, culture, environment and infrastructure. This particular report was compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). » Read more

A few years ago I had a random accident, which rendered me wheelchair bound for 6 months. Ironically the incident occurred while playing a friendly game of tennis with my wife. Essentially I had an awkward fall that broke my wrist (several places) and fractured my Neca Femur (hip). Due to my age this event massively amused the staff at the hospital I recuperated at. Even though it took me well over a year to recover properly the experience was enlightening. In fact, it was a catalyst for changing my diet and general well being. As part of my rehabilitation I was encouraged to do as much walking as possible. » Read more

A few years ago (well before emigrating to Australia) I went on a fantastic Scandinavian cruise with my family. Even though the trip only lasted a week we visited famous cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki and St. Petersburg in Russia. However, because of visa restrictions and the age of my son I was unable to depart the vessel to visit the historic Hermitage museum. Another minor disappointment was that last moment Oslo was removed from the itinerary because of events that were happening in Norway at the time.

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Since initiating contact with Frank Heydrich about a few years ago I have become more and more interested in the unique qualities of Meteorite. I have also been amazed at how many other watchmakers share my views. In a previous article entitled ‘Meteorite Watches’ I featured five really well respected watchmakers. The editorial included Frank’s No.50 Hypershark, Louis Moinet’s Tourbillon Watch, Antoine Preziuso’s Tourbillon T 21 Munionalusta (with a case constructed from Meteorite), RJ Romain Jerome 1969 Heavy Metal Meteorite and BLU Open Planet-Meteorite. Other brands like Corum, Arnold & Son, Jaquet Droz and Rolex have also used this organic material to good effect. » Read more

Since I became a father eight years ago my focus and perspective on life has massively changed. Even though the age gap between myself and son is substantial (42-years) we are very close. In fact, he takes a massive interest in my profession and really is interested in design in general. Ultimately this is why we work on concepts together and have developed a watch label in his name (Paolo Mathai Horology). » Read more