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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

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Like most people I dream about building my own home. In South Australia vacant plots are abundant and therefore land is available for sale. The only problem is that if you really want something truly bespoke then that can be very expensive. This is illustrated in television programs like Grand Designs. The owners effectively start the process with a set budget and then spend over twice or three times as much. It is easy to relate to this because there are many unknown quantities involved with these type of projects. It is also human nature that people want the absolute finest fixtures and fittings. » Read more

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I have met a lot of people recently who are thinking of buying a holiday home or permanent residence in a different country. The image of a person packing up their belongings to find their own private paradise is often portrayed in movies. For example, in the 2000 film called ‘The Beach’ (directed by Danny Boyle) Leonardo Di Caprio escapes the hustle and bustle of America to find freedom and adventure. The location is the idyllic island of Ko Phi Phi Lee in Thailand. Obviously this is fiction but there are many wonderful properties for sale in neighboring islands including the jaw dropping Laem Sor Villa One. » Read more

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After many years in different occupations a good friend of mine has started painting again. He was always very talented and in 1990’s became a very successful illustrator. However certain factors made him pursue other interests and art was really left on the back burner. Fortunately, he now is working on a much larger scale and his subject matter has become a lot more interesting. In fact, he has done several works featuring characters from Star Wars and a really cool picture featuring a 1950’s style toy robot. Ultimately this prompted me to tell him about Azimuth and in particular their wonderful Mr Roboto wrist watch. » Read more

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I vividly remember my parents urging me to take up playing a musical instrument as a kid. One of their preferences was the piano and they even arranged for me to take lessons. Unfortunately, I squandered the opportunity and ended up learning to play the drums very badly. In contrast both my sisters buckled down and achieved a moderate success. They may not be concert pianists but they can play this fine instrument proficiently. Certainly I will be encouraging my son to head in a musical direction because in my mind the more skills you learn the better. » Read more

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Over the last few years I have developed a close working relationship with a distributor in Melbourne called watchpartners owned by Jack Retman. The main reason we get on so well is that we seem to like a lot of the same brands and really have a similar philosophy about the industry in general. One of the companies Jack represents is Fortis, who produce high quality range of timepieces at affordable prices. One of their latest releases is the distinctive Flieger Cockpit One and Two. » Read more

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The one observation about the world of horology I have made over the last few years is how transient it is. For example, I have had in depth conversations with many senior managers who have waxed lyrical about their brands timepieces. They have eloquently given me a synopsis of the company history and why their watches are so special. However, in many cases (not all) there seems to be a lack of conviction in their messages. That is why it is no surprise to find out that many of these people are now working in completely unrelated industries. Obviously I am generalizing to make a point but I do find that a lot of independent watchmakers are more passionate about their work compared to…big brands. A prime example is the owner of Louis Moinet Jean-Marie Schaller. » Read more

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A couple of years ago close friends of ours travelled from the UK to visit us. They had planned the trip well before we decided to emigrate to Australia and probably wouldn’t have stopped off in Adelaide if we didn’t live here. Nevertheless, they spent a few very enjoyable days in South Australia and said it wasn’t what they expected. Their next destination was the fabulous location of Port Douglas. As keen divers they were excited about exploring the barrier reef. They also fell in love with this charming location and recommended that we should plan a vacation here. » Read more