Category Archives: Horology

Recently my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book was featured in the New York Times. It was a huge honour to have a detailed review written about this publication because the project was immensely enjoyable. The journalist who interviewed me is a highly professional British lady called Melanie Abrams. We spoke in depth about the brands included and why I embarked on the project in the first place. I explained (as watch designer) it fascinated me how companies go to enormous creative lengths to create extraordinary timepieces. A great example can be found in luxury label Christophe Claret. » Read more

Over the last few years I have written numerous articles about exquisite watches and developed a rare insight into the politics of the industry. So many marketing executives that have worked for the large corporations have subsequently left to pursue careers in entirely different fields. Interestingly these people wanted full editorial control of my reviews, which obviously I didn’t consent to. It wasn’t so much about the fine timepieces but more about the message they wanted to convey. I can relate to this to a certain extent (because at the end of the day it is a business) but there also has to be a degree of passion. This is why I have always gravitated to smaller independent watchmakers like Torsten Nagengast. » Read more

Every month I meet up with a good friend of mine called Mario for a coffee and a chat at a local café. He’s a chiropractor and general fitness fanatic who is also pretty obsessed with design. Therefore, the conversation normally revolves around architecture, luxury lifestyle and horology. Today’s topic focused on my (soon to be released) ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book, which feature 62 exclusive brands. Mario was fascinated to hear about the project because he now is addicted to his Apple Watch. This device certainly has revolutionised the watch industry and had an impact on sales. However, at the entry level spectrum of the market there are still some very stylish affordable timepieces on offer. A great example can be found in ASTBURY & KENT’s new Stellaris Range. » Read more

TV in Australia is mainly a combination of UK and US programmes. One of the shows that has recently been aired over here is called Million Dollar Rooms from the HGTV network. As the name suggests all the rooms featured are exceptionally opulent and cost an absolute fortune. Even though most of them are completely over the top and would normally not appeal to most people’s tastes. For example a recent property (that was trying to re-create the appearance of an Italian Villa) actually had wallpaper encrusted with real pearls. However the show is very entertaining and the host Carter Oosterhouse plays his part very well. » Read more

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

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

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