Category Archives: Design

A few days ago I was delighted to receive an advance copy of my ‘Independent Watchmaker’ book. The publisher (ACC Publishing) has really excelled themselves as the final product is exceptional. To publicise the release, I did a two-hour interview for the New York Times, explaining the overall concept. The journalist was very thorough and enquired about my choice of selections. She was intrigued by the image of on the front cover, which is the amazing Lunokhod Prime by Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more

A few weeks ago a friend of mine loaned me a book to read entitled ‘Win Big Risk Small’ by Dorry Kordahi. This book is a captivating portrait of a self-made man, who seized his opportunities when they presented themselves. From humble beginnings in New South Wales (Australia) as a hairdresser for his (Lebanese born) father to winning many prestigious business awards. What really resonated with me is how Dorry found inspiration on a sabbatical in Europe. Rather than trade on price he discovered offering a premium service delivers better results in the long term. Essentially, this has always been my philosophy and many of the subjects I write about including luxury product designer Gregory Nicolas. » Read more

Over the last 6 months I have been working on a diverse range of projects including a book about independent watchmakers. From the very outset (when I first established my website) I have always been captivated by this subject. The world of horology is an ever changing landscape that has recently experienced a financial down turn. Certainly devices like the Apple watch (smart technology in general) has had an impact but they are not the only factor involved. Essentially beautifully crafted timepieces are considered a luxury and not a necessity. However, for me wearing a striking watch is part of my DNA so I would always make this investment. » Read more

From a young age, I have always been fascinated with space and the solar system. It is incomprehensible to think about how small earth really is in relation to the universe. To think a gigantic star called MACS J1149+2223 (nicknamed Icarus) was sighted on the Hubble Space Telescope. This star is much larger than our sun and hundreds of times brighter. Incredibly it took a mind-boggling nine billion years for its shining light to reach Earth. In the scheme of things, this star is relatively young because scientists believe the ‘Big Bang’ occurred 13.8 billion years ago. » Read more

A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of meeting acclaimed industrial designer Murray Camen. This dynamic creative force was one of the key speakers at a design forum I attended. For 15-minutes he captivated a very receptive audience with stories of his illustrious career working for companies like Conran, Phillips and Teague. Recently Murray retired and now resides in Adelaide and Amsterdam. I have visited the Netherlands a few times and find it to be a very progressive country. That is why it is no surprise that this region is harvesting a new wave of watch brands like Vescari. » Read more

Normally the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Dick Van Dyke is his awful cockney accent (as Bert the chimney sweeper) in Walt Disney’s 1964 fantasy musical ‘Mary Poppins’. However, this veteran American actor (now aged 93) has had a pretty impressive stage, radio, film and television career spanning several decades. Probably I will always remember him for his mesmerising performance in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ which is written by Roald Dahl (based on Ian Flemming’s novel) and produced by Albert R. Broccoli (famous for many James Bond films). What captivated me about this film was the notion of a flying car. Fifty years later it looks like this might be a serious possibility. » Read more

A few weeks ago I met a very talented building designer and entrepreneur called Chris Clarke. As we both love industrial architecture I suggested catching up for a coffee and chat at a trendy cafe called Folklore in Port Adelaide. This venue used to be the sales office for recent waterfront developments and has been cleverly repurposed by the current owners. Interesting the building, which is supported by stilts is similar to the type of modular homes Chris is creating for his company Swale Developments. Essentially, only three materials (glass, timber, steel) are used in construction. » Read more

Over the last few days, I have received a few press releases from brands exhibiting at Baselworld. The event seems really low key in comparison to other years. I couldn’t attend the fair this year because of other very important projects, which had to be prioritised. However, if I did have the time and money I would probably visit the show to meet members of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants). These craftsmen really stimulate me to write about horology because of their integrity and passion for the industry. » Read more