Category Archives: Horology

Recently in Australia, there has been a lot of controversy concerning the origin of Aboriginal paintings. Over the last few year’s demands has increased exponentially and some unscrupulous people are exploiting the situation. A few days ago I watched a very insightful interview with Stan Yarramunua who as a youth made some foolish choices. He massively turned his life around and now owns several galleries in Melbourne. All the paintings he sells are authentic and the proceeds go to the indigenous artist. Certainly, there are many counterfeit works flooding the market so it is crucial to know the provenance. The same parallel can be made in the world of horology and that is why it is essential you purchase a watch from a reliable source. » Read more

Presently my wife and I have completely opposing views of where to send our eight-year-old to school. She wants to send him one of Adelaide’s most prestigious city based establishments, which focus on academia. Certainly, I want the best for my son Paolo but feel he might flourish at one the private schools in the suburbs. In fact, my preferred choice has a suburb music programme and sports facilities. As well as being a natural tennis player Paolo also is very interested in design and particularly cars. This is an area we bond because I write about many automotive-inspired timepieces including the superb new G5 from US brand Giorgio Piola. » Read more

Recently I was discussing design with a progressive local (Adelaide based) architect called Luke Jones from C4 Architects. Working for a broad spectrum of clients (with massively different budgets) it is integral they arrive at the best solution. Ultimately where costs are a serious consideration (the majority of cases) involves a huge amount of creatively to achieve the optimum aesthetic. Certainly, bespoke details can transform a project from a generic box into something much more special. The same can be said about watchmaking and especially in the current climate. » Read more

After months of deliberation, we finally called a company to repair the damage on our favourite car’s alloy wheels. Over the years, wheel trims have become much larger and therefore are susceptible to curb damage. Interestingly the contractor is originally from the UK and was brought up very close to where my father now resides. He also is a real character and so we had a lot to discuss. As he was leaving I noticed his small gold plated timepiece that was ironically inscribed with the word ‘Geneva’. Clearly, it was mass produced in China and proudly he informed me it only cost $5 from a local convenience store. Ultimately he had bought it for its functional value rather than aesthetic qualities. In contrast, I would only wear something that displayed some artistic merit. That is why innovative creations like the HD4-Wood from French brand Humbert-Droz really appeals to me. » Read more

Last year I became a citizen of Australia and feel very privileged to live in this glorious country. However, I do miss the United Kingdom and in particular its proximity to Europe. There was a time when our son (now 8 years old) was a baby and went on several cruises. Probably the highlight for me was a 7-day Scandinavian trip which embarked at places like Amsterdam, Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm. As an avid fan of Danish and Swedish dramas, I was very keen to visit these locations. Certainly, they exceeded my expectations and in my opinion were the epitome of style. That is why it is no surprise there are a lot of exciting brands like Pauli Caspieri emerging from this region. » Read more

A few years ago I visited Baselworld and met up with several prominent watchmakers. The majority were targeting exclusive buyers and therefore attending the event was an absolute prerequisite. When I spoke with Maximilian Busser and Charris Yadigaroglou (Chief Communications Officer) at MB & F they said that this show equated to a large proportion of their annual revenue. That is why I only got to speak with Max briefly because his itinerary literally was full to the brim. However, for smaller watch labels this huge scale trade fair isn’t an option due to the overall expense. That is why they have to rely on different recourses. A great example can be found in Hong Kong-based company Andersmann Watch. » Read more

Even in the relatively short time I have been writing about the watches, there seems to have a significant shift in the industry. Initially when began commenting about horology, brands like Urwerk, MB & F, De Bethune were considered highly radical. Certainly, my admiration for these progressive ateliers hasn’t diminished in any way. However, there are several other labels that have followed suit and made their own indelible footprint in the watch industry. Probably one of the best examples in recent years is Swiss-based business SEVENFRIDAY AG. » Read more

A few weeks ago I wrote an in-depth article about the Bremont Wright Flyer. In their press releases, the company publicised that the timepiece was equipped with their first in-house movement. Ultimately this has proved to be a very contentious issue for Bremont and has got them into a lot of hot water. Many watch blogs and forums instantly picked up on the fact that Swiss parts supplier Manufacture La Joux-Perret SA actually produced the movement. From speaking to many people in the industry they have informed that it would involve an enormous amount of money and time to develop a bespoke mechanism. However several independent watchmakers around the world have achieved this monumental feat. A perfect example is Russian atelier, Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more