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The one observation about the world of horology I have made over the last few years is how transient it is. For example, I have had in depth conversations with many senior managers who have waxed lyrical about their brands timepieces. They have eloquently given me a synopsis of the company history and why their watches are so special. However, in many cases (not all) there seems to be a lack of conviction in their messages. That is why it is no surprise to find out that many of these people are now working in completely unrelated industries. Obviously I am generalizing to make a point but I do find that a lot of independent watchmakers are more passionate about their work compared to…big brands. A prime example is the owner of Louis Moinet Jean-Marie Schaller. » Read more

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Although I didn’t attend Baselworld this year I have spoken to many people that did visit the show. Generally, the consensus is that it wasn’t as impressive as previous years. Essentially this is because sales in the industry have declined by a large proportion. However, there are many independent watchmakers that haven’t let this downturn stifle their creativity. A great example is Geneva based Avant-Garde brand MB & F. » Read more

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One of the hardest aspects of being a watch writer is finding a sufficient amount of material to write about. It is true that there are many attractive timepieces available on the market but many are derivative of other brands. When I originally established Total Watch Reviews I wanted to show consumers that strong design is available at all price points. Ultimately this is why my hours of research has led me to feature many independent watchmakers. Due to the fact they don’t have the enormous marketing resources like Swatch, Richemont and LVMH they have to think outside the box (creatively speaking). » Read more

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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

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Approximately eighteen months ago I visited Singapore (for the first time) with my family. Even though the trip was primarily about business, the experience was very pleasurable. Whilst I was there I met up with a very successful commodities trader who has a penchant for exquisite watches. As he was showing me his impressive collection his new assistant joined us briefly. Incredibly out of all the watches (pieces by Harry Winston, MB & F, Urwerk etc.) she noticed the model I was wearing. The timepiece was the marvellous SP-1 Landship from Azimuth. » Read more

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Last year I was fortunate enough to meet Katidja Valy Perazzi who at this time was the communications director at De Bethune. Although the meeting was relatively short she gave me a comprehensive overview of the company. For example they manufacture all their watches in house unlike many other contemporary brands. Ultimately this gives them a massive advantage in terms of quality control and output. Recently Katidja and former CEO Pierre Jacques have left De Bethune to join other watch companies. » Read more

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For many years (25 to be precise) I lived and studied in Manchester, England. Even though I am not a soccer fan per se I could see the profound affect Eric Cantona had on the sport. That is why I and many other people were really surprised when he finally hung his boots up to pursue acting. As a film buff I was really sceptical because it is a tough transition to make. However it is fair to say that Mr Catona does show a certain degree of talent for this profession. » Read more

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Just as another Baselworld show is about to begin, figures suggest that overall watch sales are down about 7.9% (compared to this time last year). I know from speaking to many brands that they are concerned by this news. Maybe the Apple watch has had an impact or it could be just the state of the global economy. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t seem to have stifled the level of creativity at all. A great example is ArtyA’s 3 Gongs Minute Repeater, Regulator & Double Axis Tourbillon. The name might be long winded but the watch is absolutely fantastic. » Read more