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Approximately eighteen months ago I had the privilege of attending the world watch fair in Basel, Switzerland. Even though I had to pay for the trip out of my own pocket the experience was definitely worthwhile. As well as trying on an exquisite range of timepieces  (that I could only dream of previously) I also met some of my watch industry heroes. Most of them were very humble, gracious and genuine. They even spared the time to inspect the watch I had designed in collaboration with Frank Heydrich. Certainly I would recommend that anyone who is passionate about horology in general to visit Baselworld. This event is presented on a grand scale and is a true spectacle. » Read more

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Recently there has been an influx of TV shows featuring a range of exclusive properties from around the world. Probably my favourites are programmes like Grand Designs (U.K, Australia, New Zealand) and the highly impressive American Series Extreme Homes. Really what makes these shows so interesting is that they focus on the ingenuity of the architecture, rather than the building cost. Obviously in a lot of cases these exquisite residences cost a fortune to build. However, this isn’t always the case as highlighted in my recent article featuring Patrick Bradley Architects ‘Grillagh Water’. » Read more

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Like most people I really love my holidays and in particular spending time with my family. There are so many places I would love to visit overseas and in Australia. That is why I really enjoy searching the internet for ideal destinations. Some of the accommodation on offer is absolutely spectacular. In fact, clients are now commissioning prominent architects to create these havens. A great example is Casa Kimball, which was conceived by Rangr Studio. » Read more

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Recently I visited the Apple shop in the city centre in Adelaide, South Australia. Even though I have owned several of their products over the years I had always purchased them from authorised retailers. All of their stores are virtually carbon copies and are laid out in a particular way. In some respects, they look like fashionable cafes or even a modern art gallery. They also attract a lot of trendy hipsters because it is the coolest place to congregate on a Saturday afternoon. As well as selling official Apple merchandise like Mac’s, iPads and iPhones they also sell compatible devices from other manufacturers. A great example is the wonderful Aura from Harman Kardon. » Read more

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As I have mentioned previously one of my great passions in life is films. In fact, whenever my wife and I get the chance we love to visit the cinema. However, with a young child sometimes the choice of movies can be restrictive. One of my favourite modern day films is the 2004 classic ‘Sideways’, which is essentially the story of two friends bonding through fine wine tasting journey of all things. Even though the protagonists have many unresolved personal issues the back drop of the Napa Valley is absolutely spectacular. Certainly it paints a beautiful picture of the Californian lifestyle and why people choose to reside there. It also explains why innovators like Apple, Facebook and Google have established their headquarters here. » Read more

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With the temperatures dropping rapidly in places like Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney many people are flocking to warmer climes. Certainly in the winter months I would consider booking a family holiday and can’t think of a much better location than North Queensland. Last July I was fortunate enough to be staying in a popular tourist destination about an hour from Port Douglas. This region is renowned for its pleasant all year round temperatures and is situated near to World Heritage areas of the Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. » Read more

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Earlier this year I went on a cruise with my family around New Zealand. From a young age I was fascinated with this country and had always dreamed of travelling. What really surprised me was the diverse landscape and the contrast between the North and South Island. Even the weather varied massively from city to city. Therefore, some days we wore T-shirts and on other day’s rain jackets. The country also is a hot bed of culture and is a very spiritual environment. » Read more

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Over the last four years I have seen many changes in the world horology. Certainly it isn’t anywhere near as buoyant as it was and many companies have completely disappeared. For that reason, it is hard to build sustainable relationships because it is a transient industry. For example, key marketing staff (who have waxed lyrical about their products) have moved into completely unrelated fields. However, there are credible people that have stayed the course and made prudent choices. A great example is a gentleman called Kalust Zorik. » Read more