Category Archives: Horology

For people that don’t wear timepiece, it is pretty hard to conceive that collectors will pay millions for rare models. Most people I meet these days own an Apple watch because of its functionality. Even Australia’s former Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull can be seen (at many public events) wearing this device. However, in the world of celebrity mechanical watches still, seem relevant because brands will pay huge amounts to secure sponsorship deals. One of the most successful partnerships to date is Richard Mille’s collaboration with tennis legend Rafael Nadal. Recently the ‘King of Clay’ secured his 12th French Open title, whilst sporting his RM 27-03. » Read more

About a month ago a great friend recommended that I watch a TV programme called Billions. The show is about a tenacious district attorney (Chuck Rhoades) trying to bring a billionaire hedge fund manager (Robert “Bobby” Axelrod) to justice. With several clever plot twists, there have been 4 series so far (48 episodes) and the 5th one in production. Even though some of the storylines are a bit far fetched and farcical at times, it is totally addictive. Just looking at Axelrod’s extravagant lifestyle (where literally everything is attainable) is captivating. Certainly, this purveyor of good taste would be interested in these 3 extraordinary watches. » Read more

Back in April 2019, I was very privileged to be interviewed by the New York Times. They were interested in writing an in-depth editorial about my recently published ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book. In particular, the journalist (Melanie Abrams) wanted to know why I embarked on the project initially. The feature (published May 17th 2019) entitled ‘Highlighting Watchmakers People Had Never Heard of’ is very catchy but doesn’t tell the full story. Sure there are many micro brands including my own horology design platform (Paolo Mathai Horology) that have previously had very little press coverage. However, also under this category are labels like Patek Philippe, Richard Mille and many other brilliant ateliers. » Read more

I have never been that interested in politics and am always disappointed at the outcome of general elections. Even though I was able to vote this time (as an Australian citizen) the result was virtually a foregone conclusion. Most countries including Australia are dominated by two major parties. That is why smaller independents (normally with better ideals) find it very hard to find a voice. The same comparison can be found in the world of horology, which is governed by a few groups. These corporate own a large majority of the overall marketing share It was that reason I developed a passion for smaller watchmakers like Kari Voutilainen. » Read more

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