Category Archives: Product of the Week

A few days ago I was delighted to receive an advance copy of my ‘Independent Watchmaker’ book. The publisher (ACC Publishing) has really excelled themselves as the final product is exceptional. To publicise the release, I did a two-hour interview for the New York Times, explaining the overall concept. The journalist was very thorough and enquired about my choice of selections. She was intrigued by the image of on the front cover, which is the amazing Lunokhod Prime by Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more

A few weeks ago a friend of mine loaned me a book to read entitled ‘Win Big Risk Small’ by Dorry Kordahi. This book is a captivating portrait of a self-made man, who seized his opportunities when they presented themselves. From humble beginnings in New South Wales (Australia) as a hairdresser for his (Lebanese born) father to winning many prestigious business awards. What really resonated with me is how Dorry found inspiration on a sabbatical in Europe. Rather than trade on price he discovered offering a premium service delivers better results in the long term. Essentially, this has always been my philosophy and many of the subjects I write about including luxury product designer Gregory Nicolas. » Read more

Over the last 6 months I have been working on a diverse range of projects including a book about independent watchmakers. From the very outset (when I first established my website) I have always been captivated by this subject. The world of horology is an ever changing landscape that has recently experienced a financial down turn. Certainly devices like the Apple watch (smart technology in general) has had an impact but they are not the only factor involved. Essentially beautifully crafted timepieces are considered a luxury and not a necessity. However, for me wearing a striking watch is part of my DNA so I would always make this investment. » Read more

A couple of months ago I had the great pleasure of meeting acclaimed industrial designer Murray Camen. This dynamic creative force was one of the key speakers at a design forum I attended. For 15-minutes he captivated a very receptive audience with stories of his illustrious career working for companies like Conran, Phillips and Teague. Recently Murray retired and now resides in Adelaide and Amsterdam. I have visited the Netherlands a few times and find it to be a very progressive country. That is why it is no surprise that this region is harvesting a new wave of watch brands like Vescari. » Read more

A few weeks ago I met a very talented building designer and entrepreneur called Chris Clarke. As we both love industrial architecture I suggested catching up for a coffee and chat at a trendy cafe called Folklore in Port Adelaide. This venue used to be the sales office for recent waterfront developments and has been cleverly repurposed by the current owners. Interesting the building, which is supported by stilts is similar to the type of modular homes Chris is creating for his company Swale Developments. Essentially, only three materials (glass, timber, steel) are used in construction. » Read more

Over the last few days, I have received a few press releases from brands exhibiting at Baselworld. The event seems really low key in comparison to other years. I couldn’t attend the fair this year because of other very important projects, which had to be prioritised. However, if I did have the time and money I would probably visit the show to meet members of the AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants). These craftsmen really stimulate me to write about horology because of their integrity and passion for the industry. » Read more

A few weeks ago I wrote a review about a very special watch from Dwiss called the RS1-SG. What made the article even more interesting is that this timepiece is a 2019 entry into the ‘Good Design Australia’ awards. This prompted me to find out more about the organisation and contact CEO Dr Brandon Gien. By coincidence, Dr Gien was attending a design forum in Adelaide the following week as a keynote speaker so I got to meet him in person. In his 15-minute presentation, he mentioned products that had really resonated with him. Interestingly his favourite was an innovative modular hearing aid called Facett. » Read more

A few days ago I had a very interesting meeting with a gentleman called Chris Clarke. I became aware of Chris after he appeared on the first ever episode of ‘Grand Designs Australia’. In fact, this particular episode was very moving because it chronicled his life after a devastating bush fire that obliterated his house (Callignee i). Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Chris built a much more modest one-bedroom version called Callignee ii. During our conversation, we discussed sustainable architecture and design as a model for the future. Certainly, Villa K by Paul de Ruiter Architects conforms to these standards. » Read more