Category Archives: Horology

As well as being passionate about writing and design I am also a real film fanatic. In fact, the subject of my dissertation focused on Cary Grant and his valuable contribution to light comedy. That is why I am eager to watch a movie called ‘First Man’ starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Damien Chazelle. The storyline chronicles (legendary American Astronaut) Neil Armstrong’s epic journey to become the first person to walk on the moon, which took place on July 20, 1969. However, 5 years before (on March 18, 1965) this historical event occurred Alexey Leonov, performed the worlds first spacewalk. This achievement has been celebrated by Louis Moinet in the shape of a beautiful watch called the ‘Spacewalker’. » Read more

Recently I invested in an iPad Pro and numerous artistic Apps to focus more on design. Apple became the first Trillion-dollar company in the world (followed closely by Google) and it is not hard to understand why. Obviously, there are many other Graphic’s tablets on the market depending on your personal preference. However, I used Apple as an example to illustrate how these modern devices make life a lot easier for creative types like myself. Certainly, this is evident in the wonderful world of horology. It also has enabled the consumer to get their hands on striking watches at affordable prices. A great example can be found in the amazing Prometheus by ERA Timepieces. » Read more

A few days ago my son turned nine and we decided to have a family day together. As it was his special day we allowed him to make the choice. Amazingly he opted for a burger (with fries and soda) at a popular fast food restaurant followed by a suitable movie. Fortunately, the film we all decided on was a new release called ‘Johnny English Strikes Again’ starring the charismatic Rowan Atkinson. Obviously, this is a spoof of the popular James Bond series but it is very well written and executed. Interesting the protagonist describes himself as ‘Old School’ and is oblivious to modern technical devices. In fact, rather than a state of the art hybrid he chose a vintage petrol Aston Martin and refuses the standard issue iPhone. It might all sound far-fetched but turntables are making a revival and so are mechanical watches. » Read more

Last month I published a review featuring Urwerk’s magnificent UR-111C. The timepiece is engineered and designed to the meticulous standards you would expect from the brand. It also is bang on trend because of the futuristic aesthetic, which was inspired by Science fiction movies. Certainly, anyone who is passionate about fine horology would love to own a watch of this calibre. However, respected industry specialist Sophy Rindler (in response to my post) posed the question about the relevance of these novelties in the modern world. Ultimately I feel she was alluding to the $134,370 price tag that is beyond the realms of most people’s budgets. In contrast, many renowned Swiss labels are launching stylish affordable timepieces on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter. A great example can be found in Louis Chevrolet Watch Classic 8. » Read more

It is amazing to think that I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in illustration nearly 30-years ago. At the time there were no real technical advances available so artwork needed to be produced manually. Essentially meant that paintings needed to be sent to clients by courier or presented in person. Obviously, this had an impact on deadlines, especially if corrections were required. Fortunately, the creative landscape has vastly changed and most designs can now be facilitated on digital devices. However, having the ability to hand sketch concepts can pay dividends. Without a doubt, this skill set has helped watch industry veteran Wing Liang to devise many amazing timepieces. » Read more

Four years ago I visited Singapore to meet clients and also new influential contacts. One of my meetings was conducted in the prestigious Marina Bay area. The gentleman I arranged an appointment was a high flyer in commodities and had a penchant for exclusive mechanical watches. In fact, his collection (worth millions of dollars) was incredibly impressive and somewhat surprising. As well as owning select pieces from Harry Winston, MB & F, De-Bethune, Vianney Halter, Rolex etc. he also owned some rare vintage models and a Nixie watch. Before I forget there were a few limited edition Urwerk timepieces in the display case he brought along. That is why I am sure he has reserved one of Urwerk’s phenomenal UR-111C watches. » Read more

Konstantin Chaykin’s story dates back thirty-eight years to the city formerly known as Leningrad, USSR. In 1995, aged twenty he attained a degree in radio technology from St. Petersburg Telecommunications College. His initial plan to pursue a career in communications changed when he was required to serve a compulsory two years in the Russian Army. Subsequently he opened a business selling timepieces that stimulated his passion for fine watchmaking. » Read more

Over the last few months, I have been actively involved in several design projects. As an artist, I feel it is part of my DNA to immerse myself in creative activities. For example, writing about horology inspired me to develop my own ideas. Back in the 1980’s when I was studying for my degree in Illustration there wasn’t the vast array of digital devices available. Essentially this meant there wasn’t access to other nationwide artist’s work (never mind on an international level). These day’s social media portals like LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram etc. deliver this content instantaneously. That avoids complacency as a designer and provide constant resources in my capacity as a writer/author. » Read more