Category Archives: Product of the Week

Australia is a truly amazing country to live in and I am massively proud to call it my home. Literally two weeks ago we celebrated our 6th anniversary in Adelaide with friends and can’t believe how quickly time has passed. When I lived in the UK soap opera’s like Neighbours and Home and Away depicted a perpetual outdoor life. Although in many ways these dramas are not realistic there is a certain amount of accuracy. For example, friends do regularly have barbeques and within the provincial cities, wonderful beaches are abundant. Another really crucial point is that there is plenty of phenomenal food available. A brilliant example is popular seaside town Byron Bay, which is located on the South Eastern tip of New South Wales. » Read more

Two years ago my physician wife was invited to attend a medical conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Fortunately, due to great timing, myself and eight-year son also travel on the trip. Even though Wellington is a relatively small capital city it is absolutely crammed full of culture. For example, the city boasts some extraordinary cutting-edge modern architecture and some delightful historical buildings like St. Paul’s church. There are also many superb tourist attractions like Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) Zealandia, amazing Red Rock Reserve (where you can spot seals) and the sensational Wellington Chocolate Factory. » Read more

As mentioned in several previous articles I absolutely love watching programmes about architecture and in particular Grand Designs. This franchise began in the UK but now is popular in regions like Australia and New Zealand. Even though opinions are divided about Kevin McCloud I personally love his presenting style. The show generally follows a certain pattern which comprises several challenges including budgetary issues, flexible deadlines and sometimes poor preparation etc. However, in the episode, I watched last night Herefordshire (England) couple Ed and Rowena Waghorn fastidiously hand built a beautiful timber home for only £100,000 (approximately $140,237). To date, the building has taken over a decade and still isn’t complete. Nevertheless, the overall experience shared with their children is more valuable than money. On a much smaller scale, I try to include my 8-years son in all my design projects. » 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

As mentioned in previous articles I have always had a penchant for leather jackets. Something about the texture, quality and overall aesthetic massively appeals to me. Ultimately that is why I have no amassed quite an impressive collection of exclusive brands like Armani, Dsquared 2, Dolce & Gabanna, Julius 7, Vivienne Westwood etc. In fact, some of these jackets are very unusual and exceedingly rare. As a designer, this prompted me to design my own unique blazers and potentially launch my own brand later in the year. » Read more

Just over two years ago I wrote a feature about an emerging brand called LIV Swiss Watches and their flagship model called the GX1-A. The review was such a resounding success that I was very interested in writing a follow up article. It is very rare that I would normally contemplate producing another editorial about the same timepiece. However, the conception of the GX1 and subsequent GX1-A is definitely noteworthy. » Read more

Now that Baselworld has finished brands will be able to draw breath and resume a relative sense of normality again. Even though the show was significantly smaller than previous years the level of creativity certainly wasn’t stifled. In my opinion the overall uncertainty and turbulence in the industry has forced brands to operate outside their comfort zone. Even the large corporates delivered some unpredictable offerings. However, in my highlights all of the mechanical marvels (with the exception of two watches) were well beyond the consumer’s budgets. » Read more