Category Archives: Horology

A few months ago I become a contributing writer for one of the largest watch retailers in the world. It’s an amazing opportunity because they give me enormous creative autonomy to feature the timepiece I love. One of my recent reviews focused on unique carbon fibre watches. This topic resonated with me because I actually co-designed (with my watchmaker friend) the world’s largest carbon watch called the ‘Pure Carbon’ This timepiece is featured in my forthcoming book entitled ‘Independent Watchmakers’. Another really cool carbon watch is the Freak X Carbonium by Ulysse Nardin. » Read more

For many years the watch industry has focused predominantly on male tastes. Ultimately, that is because a finely crafted timepiece is the only piece of jewellery a gentleman can legitimately wear without appearing too flamboyant. Certain friends of mine are crazy about watches and can discuss the subject for hours. They are fascinated to discover as well as being an author I also design watches. In general, my pieces are massively oversized and have an industrial aesthetic. However, they could be adapted to fit smaller wrists and even cater to the discerning female clientele. Certainly, many other brands are now producing lady’s watches including Swedish favourite Gustafsson & Sjögren. » Read more

Literally, for the first time in several years, I managed to spend an enjoyable evening with friends in Adelaide CBD (Central Business District). This special occasion was to celebrate the 13th birthday of one of my friend’s daughters. Fortunately, there were no stretched limousines in sight, just a wonderful restaurant in the popular Chinatown district. As the evening progressed the conversation diverted (with a little assistance) to my favourite subject of design. The general consensus was that minimalistic principles should apply, rather than over complicating things. These rules definitely apply in the world of horology, especially in the art of skeletonisation. A great example can be found in Franck Muller’s exciting new Gravity Skeleton. » Read more

Approximately 6-months ago the global franchise Goodlife opened a supersize gym in my local suburb of Adelaide (South Australia). The fitness centre has become so popular that there are literally 10 personal trainers swarming around at any given time. What makes this gym so special is the broad demographic of people that attend on a daily basis. Recently I befriended a retired mathematician who is a pretty fascinating character. When mentioned I am an author/industrial designer, he was intrigued. Mainly because I informed him about my passion for horology. Like most people, he asked about the relevance of timepieces in modern society. Interestingly, I have just written an article for one of the worlds largest watch retailers about this subject. » Read more

A few days ago I had the enormous privilege to meet Dr Brandon Gien who’s one of Australia’s leading lights in the industrial design world. In fact, to many people involved in this field, Brandon Gien has almost rock star status. However, despite having a high profile status I found him to be a really warm and approachable guy. His speech at the ‘Good Design Forum South Australia’ was exceptionally well received. He focused on the importance of good design and its impact on society. How creativity and innovation can pay dividends. Certainly, as an artist/designer his message resonated with me because I always strive to produce something unique. These rules also apply to the ateliers I feature on Total Design including the talents of Romain Gauthier. » Read more

Approximately eight years ago I visited in Essen, Germany to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. The party was fantastic and absolutely our generous hosts catered for our every need. As a special bonus, we visited the Red Dot museum the following day, which rewards excellence in design. Recently I discovered that Australia has an equivalent organisation called ‘Good Design Australia’. Since 1958, they have recognised the importance of design in business, industry, government and the general public. That is why I was massively interested to hear Swiss brand DWISS have submitted their RS1-SG into the competition. » Read more

Over the last few months, I have been working fastidiously on my new graphic tablet. I decided to invest in this innovative device essentially to create more professional visuals for potential clients. Given the abundance of readily available Apps achieving positive results is pretty effortless. These digital paintings are also very quick to produce and submit electronically (unlike conventional pen drawings). This is why established illustrators like Gorgio Piola have transitioned to this medium, especially concerning watch design (for a brand of the same name). » Read more

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