As many of my loyal readers will know I originally started a website called Total Watch Reviews (a few years ago) and wrote several articles about fine timepieces. At this stage I also spoke with many independent watchmakers, which inspired me to design my own watches. In the process, a mutual acquaintance introduced me to a specialist watch strap maker called Matt Wallace. We instantly hit it off and he subsequently crafted me a bespoke strap from South Australian Snapper (featured on my Polaris). However, this is just a sideline for Matt as his core business is wine retailing. Read more
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Over the last few years I have developed three unique timepieces that have been entirely custom made. Originally I created a prototype watch based on a clock by famous industrial designer George Nelson. The project was very complex and only materialized because of the kind assistance of Frank Heydrich. Initially my plan was to produce a limited run but as the climate of the watch industry dramatically altered (downwards spiral) I massively changed my views. Certainly a lot of energy, effort and talent is involved in establishing a successful watch brand. Fortunately, Sébastien Muller has these attributes in abundance. Read more
The last 12 months has been an exceptionally busy and prolific time for me. I have now had three books published (‘Limited Edition Watches’, ‘Luxury Design for Living’, ‘Modern Masters’) and completed three more projects. One of these publications is specifically about independent watchmakers and features my ‘Pure Carbon’ timepiece. With a diameter of 67mm (excluding the crown) this creation is the world’s largest Swiss mechanical carbon fiber watch. It is also the first piece to feature 3D carbon hands. As a massive additional bonus I have also produced a third bespoke unique 1/1 timepiece (called the ‘Hemisphere’) which is also included in the book. Read more
Recently we booked a holiday in the picturesque region of the Byron Bay Hinterlands. Unfortunately, due to (both myself and wife’s) work commitments we had to cancel the trip. To compensate for this, I decided to write several articles entitled ‘Byron Bay Craft Food (Beverage) Producers’. Originally I was only going to publish one article featuring around 5 companies. However, due to the abundance of gourmet micro brands in this region it expanded into a series of three. One of the businesses featured is called 2die4 Live Foods and they definitely live up to their name. Read more
In the last few years I have been very privileged to work with some highly professional publishers and editors. They have given me enormous creative autonomy and allowed me to develop unique book concepts. Recently I have finished a book about independent watchmakers featuring 60 exclusive brands. The foreword is exceptionally detailed and includes my personal experience creating unique watches like the Polaris and Pure Carbon. I wanted to share these insights with readers to illustrate the many challenges involved. Certainly without the enormous generosity of craftsmen like Frank Heydrich, Ben Birkett, Thomas Mond and Ingomar Gaksch my project would never have materialized.
Over the years I have become a lot more fashion conscious and take a pride in what I wear. It is not so much that I am obsessed with labels or trying to impress anyone else. However, since I have lost a massive amount of weight by eliminating gluten from my diet slim fitting clothes feel very comfortable. Ironically in contrast my eight-year old son has rebelled and now only wears sports clothes. Read more
Earlier this year we visited Tasmania for a well deserved vacation. The location we chose was Dover, which is the southernmost town in Australia. Our architect designed holiday home (Quarry Hill Lookout) also lived up to expectations because we enjoyed panoramic views of Esperance Bay from our balcony every morning. Certainly our holiday was an incredibly enjoyable experience and the food was sensational. In fact, we were so captivated by this region that we are spending Christmas there and also welcoming in the new year. Read more
Back in 2014 after writing about horology for a few years I decided to design my own watch. Even though many of the high end watchmakers are creating incredible concepts, entry level timepieces (at the time) seemed pretty bland by comparison. Effectively you can buy a generic stock watch from a Chinese manufacturer, customise the dial with your logo and establish a label. Certainly, there is a market for this type of timepiece but I wanted to adopt a more experimental and inventive approach. That is why I drew inspiration from a clock devised by famous industrial designer George Nelson. The result was a completely bespoke watch called the Polaris. Subsequently this piece featured in Esquire Magazine (Singapore/Malaysia) and a book I wrote for Schiffer Publishing called ‘Limited Edition Watches’.