Category Archives: Product of the Week

Approximately eight years ago I visited in Essen, Germany to celebrate a friends 40th birthday. The party was fantastic and absolutely our generous hosts catered for our every need. As a special bonus, we visited the Red Dot museum the following day, which rewards excellence in design. Recently I discovered that Australia has an equivalent organisation called ‘Good Design Australia’. Since 1958, they have recognised the importance of design in business, industry, government and the general public. That is why I was massively interested to hear Swiss brand DWISS have submitted their RS1-SG into the competition. » Read more

Over the last few months, I have been working fastidiously on my new graphic tablet. I decided to invest in this innovative device essentially to create more professional visuals for potential clients. Given the abundance of readily available Apps achieving positive results is pretty effortless. These digital paintings are also very quick to produce and submit electronically (unlike conventional pen drawings). This is why established illustrators like Gorgio Piola have transitioned to this medium, especially concerning watch design (for a brand of the same name). » Read more

After a year of patiently waiting, my UK publisher finally sent me the first draft of my ‘Independent Watchmakers’ book. The project was immensely rewarding for many, many reasons. Not only did I get to feature most of my favourite watchmakers but I also got include my own timepiece called the ‘Pure Carbon’. This piece took me over two years to manufacturer (with the assistance of several collaborators) because every single component is bespoke. It also is the world’s largest Swiss mechanical watch measuring a whopping 67mm (excluding the crown). Another bonus is I discovered (literally days before my deadline) a visionary watch designer called Franck Dubarry and was able to promote his fantastic ‘Crazy Wheel’. » Read more

In the last two years, my passion for design has really been ignited mainly because of the books I have authored. The research for these projects exposed to a broad range of topics including architecture, luxury goods, automobiles, technology and horology. It is a really exciting time to be a writer because of the amount of creative talent out there. One great example is legendary Formula One artist Giorgio Piola. His illustrations are so accomplished that they were featured in many prestigious international Motorsport magazines. This also inspired an American watch brand to adopt his name and employ him as the chief designer. » Read more

Over the last few years, I have become more passionate about stylish cars. Ultimately my increased interest has heightened, mainly because my son Paolo is absolutely fanatical about the subject. In fact, he helped me choose most of the selections in my ‘Luxury Design for Living’ book. However, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (in my opinion) takes vehicle design to a completely different level. Parallels can be made within another creative powerhouse called Paolo Mastrogiuseppe who creates the most astonishing coffee machines under the brand name Super Veloce. A great example can be found in their phenomenal automotive inspired Espresso Veloce Flat Six.
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Around 15-years ago the property market in the UK was very buoyant and there were huge profits to be made. For several years renovating properties was one of my main passion in life. Vividly remember spending my weekends at salvage yards actively searching for antique radiators, cast iron fireplaces and stained glass windows. I always gravitated towards historical homes from the Victorian and Edwardian era. However, there were also some beautiful 1920’s dwellings within the suburb I lived. The one I purchased required an element of restoration and a certain amount of effort. Ultimately the experience ignited my interest in the glorious ‘Art Deco’ era and its glorious architecture. This is why I am captivated by the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet. » Read more

You could be mistaken by thinking the watch industry is in crisis. Early this year the Swatch Group announced they will no longer be exhibiting at Baselworld, which was a shock to many. As the biggest player at the event, many thought it might cause ripples in the industry. Certainly, profits are down and many smaller micro brands have decided to cease trading or have a hiatus. Other larger companies have been bought out by groups and executives are changing teams (or industries) on a musical chair basis. Another contributor is the continued success of Smartwatches and in particular Apple devices. Even interest in crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo is diminishing. However, I am still optimistic about the world of horology and am excited about the future. » Read more

As many of my readers are aware I am a huge admirer of Tim Waring and what he’s achieved with Eves & Gray. Not only has Tim designed many sensational shoes, but he has also branched out into furniture and more recently stylish waterproof jackets. A couple of years ago I introduced him to Max Van Brauge and they co-created some exquisite Swiss mechanical timepieces. In return, Tim connected me with a very clever gentleman called Pan Yiannakou, who has invented a special method of printing onto leather. The best way to describe this patented technique is as a ‘digital tattoo’. » Read more