Category Archives: Horology

Recently the 29th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) exhibition took place in Geneva and by all accounts was an enormous success. This year the show attracted over 23,000 visitors who were treated to a range of exquisite timepieces. Even if you are not particularly interested in horology some of the novelties on display are artworks in their own right. They also display a level of passion and craftsmanship that truly should receive the respect it deserves. » Read more

After a year of patiently waiting, my UK publisher finally sent me the first draft of my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book. The project was immensely rewarding for many, many reasons. Not only did I get to feature most of my favourite watchmakers but I also got include my own timepiece called the ‘Pure Carbon’. This piece took me over two years to manufacturer (with the assistance of several collaborators) because every single component is bespoke. It also is the world’s largest Swiss mechanical watch measuring a whopping 67mm (excluding the crown). Another bonus is I discovered (literally days before my deadline) a visionary watch designer called Franck Dubarry and was able to promote his fantastic ‘Crazy Wheel’. » Read more

In the last two years, my passion for design has really been ignited mainly because of the books I have authored. The research for these projects exposed to a broad range of topics including architecture, luxury goods, automobiles, technology and horology. It is a really exciting time to be a writer because of the amount of creative talent out there. One great example is legendary Formula One artist Giorgio Piola. His illustrations are so accomplished that they were featured in many prestigious international Motorsport magazines. This also inspired an American watch brand to adopt his name and employ him as the chief designer. » Read more

In the next few months, my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book will be released by ACC Publishing. The project was exceptional fun to research and write but subject to various delays. It was very important to my editor and me to create the best product possible and that meant various amendments. There are numerous high profile companies including Patek Philippe, Greubel Forsey, Richard Mille, Louis Moinet, Cabestan etc. and many small micro brands. I tried to be as comprehensive with my selections but due to editorial restrictions) some slipped through the net. Unfortunately, on this occasion, Armin Strom didn’t make the shortlist. However, their amazing Dual Time Resonance: Masterpiece 1 was included in my ‘Horological Highlights of 2018’ article. » Read more

You could be mistaken by thinking the watch industry is in crisis. Early this year the Swatch Group announced they will no longer be exhibiting at Baselworld, which was a shock to many. As the biggest player at the event, many thought it might cause ripples in the industry. Certainly, profits are down and many smaller micro brands have decided to cease trading or have a hiatus. Other larger companies have been bought out by groups and executives are changing teams (or industries) on a musical chair basis. Another contributor is the continued success of Smartwatches and in particular Apple devices. Even interest in crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is diminishing. However, I am still optimistic about the world of horology and am excited about the future. » Read more

A friend of mine called Alan recently travelled to Europe on an extended family vacation. He said the trip was absolutely fantastic and got to experience many interesting destinations. One of the highlights he mentioned was a trip to Venice, which is a truly magical city. Even though it has become a tourist hotspot there are still many hidden gems. As a watch fanatic, Alan is always on the search for new pieces for his collection. On this occasion, he visited a high-end boutique, which specialised in Panerai timepieces. After being treated to fine chocolates he was confronted with the price of $10,000. For a luxury watch, this isn’t particularly high as collectors will pay large sums for rare models. » Read more

After I graduated from university with a degree in Art I became a frustrated with my career options. For a few years I illustrated children’s books and was actually an agent for 30 other artists. However the ultra tight deadlines and ridiculous payment terms made me look at other professional options. Subsequently I entered the competitive and high-pressure world of sales. As well as travelling across the UK on a regular basis I was also required to attend various seminars. Although they were supposed to be inspirational they seemed to have the opposite effect. That is one of the main reasons why I have never read any motivational books of this kind. By coincidence I was driving my wife’s car the other day and there was an Audio book playing by Richard Branson called the ‘The Virgin Way’. The advice he gave to all budding entrepreneurs (large or small) was to find something you enjoy and are passionate about. This message instantly made me think of all the small independent watchmakers I write about. » Read more

Incredibly the festive season is rapidly approaching and is now less than a month away. This will be my 6th Christmas in Australia and I am thoroughly looking forward to celebrating with friends. When my (now 9-year old) son first arrived on these shores he was only 2. Therefore, he has no recollection of the white Christmas’s we experienced in the UK. He is more used to day trips to the beach and shrimps on the barbie. Also, he has higher expectations concerning presents and like most kids of his age wants an Xbox or PlayStation. In contrast, I would be more than happy with a beautiful timepiece. Certainly, there are several to choose from including the marvellous limited edition (23 pieces) Wyvern Manufacture LE.2 from Brellum. » Read more