Category Archives: Product of the Week

After months of deliberation, we finally called a company to repair the damage on our favourite car’s alloy wheels. Over the years, wheel trims have become much larger and therefore are susceptible to curb damage. Interestingly the contractor is originally from the UK and was brought up very close to where my father now resides. He also is a real character and so we had a lot to discuss. As he was leaving I noticed his small gold plated timepiece that was ironically inscribed with the word ‘Geneva’. Clearly, it was mass produced in China and proudly he informed me it only cost $5 from a local convenience store. Ultimately he had bought it for its functional value rather than aesthetic qualities. In contrast, I would only wear something that displayed some artistic merit. That is why innovative creations like the HD4-Wood from French brand Humbert-Droz really appeals to me. » Read more

Last year I became a citizen of Australia and feel very privileged to live in this glorious country. However, I do miss the United Kingdom and in particular its proximity to Europe. There was a time when our son (now 8 years old) was a baby and went on several cruises. Probably the highlight for me was a 7-day Scandinavian trip which embarked at places like Amsterdam, Tallinn (Estonia), St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Stockholm. As an avid fan of Danish and Swedish dramas, I was very keen to visit these locations. Certainly, they exceeded my expectations and in my opinion were the epitome of style. That is why it is no surprise there are a lot of exciting brands like Pauli Caspieri emerging from this region. » Read more

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

Australia is a truly amazing country to live in and I am massively proud to call it my home. Literally two weeks ago we celebrated our 6th anniversary in Adelaide with friends and can’t believe how quickly time has passed. When I lived in the UK soap opera’s like Neighbours and Home and Away depicted a perpetual outdoor life. Although in many ways these dramas are not realistic there is a certain amount of accuracy. For example, friends do regularly have barbeques and within the provincial cities, wonderful beaches are abundant. Another really crucial point is that there is plenty of phenomenal food available. A brilliant example is popular seaside town Byron Bay, which is located on the South Eastern tip of New South Wales. » Read more

Two years ago my physician wife was invited to attend a medical conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Fortunately, due to great timing, myself and eight-year son also travel on the trip. Even though Wellington is a relatively small capital city it is absolutely crammed full of culture. For example, the city boasts some extraordinary cutting-edge modern architecture and some delightful historical buildings like St. Paul’s church. There are also many superb tourist attractions like Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) Zealandia, amazing Red Rock Reserve (where you can spot seals) and the sensational Wellington Chocolate Factory. » Read more

As mentioned in several previous articles I absolutely love watching programmes about architecture and in particular Grand Designs. This franchise began in the UK but now is popular in regions like Australia and New Zealand. Even though opinions are divided about Kevin McCloud I personally love his presenting style. The show generally follows a certain pattern which comprises several challenges including budgetary issues, flexible deadlines and sometimes poor preparation etc. However, in the episode, I watched last night Herefordshire (England) couple Ed and Rowena Waghorn fastidiously hand built a beautiful timber home for only £100,000 (approximately $140,237). To date, the building has taken over a decade and still isn’t complete. Nevertheless, the overall experience shared with their children is more valuable than money. On a much smaller scale, I try to include my 8-years son in all my design projects. » Read more

Even in the relatively short time I have been writing about the watches, there seems to have a significant shift in the industry. Initially when began commenting about horology, brands like Urwerk, MB & F, De Bethune were considered highly radical. Certainly, my admiration for these progressive ateliers hasn’t diminished in any way. However, there are several other labels that have followed suit and made their own indelible footprint in the watch industry. Probably one of the best examples in recent years is Swiss-based business SEVENFRIDAY AG. » Read more

A few weeks ago I wrote an in-depth article about the Bremont Wright Flyer. In their press releases, the company publicised that the timepiece was equipped with their first in-house movement. Ultimately this has proved to be a very contentious issue for Bremont and has got them into a lot of hot water. Many watch blogs and forums instantly picked up on the fact that Swiss parts supplier Manufacture La Joux-Perret SA actually produced the movement. From speaking to many people in the industry they have informed that it would involve an enormous amount of money and time to develop a bespoke mechanism. However several independent watchmakers around the world have achieved this monumental feat. A perfect example is Russian atelier, Konstantin Chaykin. » Read more