Category Archives: Technology

Over the last two years I have extensively written articles about beautifully crafted watches. Some of these timepieces are so exclusive that there are only a few pieces in the world. A great example is the wonderful Greubel Forsey Diamond Set Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain. Presently there is only one model in existence and I was fortunate enough to test it. Although I only got to wear this amazing timepiece for a limited amount of time I was completely mesmerized by its charms. This made me seriously contemplate who actually owns these watches and what is the motivation to purchase them. After recent conversations with a few serious investors I now feel I have a clearer insight. » Read more

Apart from being a massive admirer of Maximilian Büsser creative expertise I also love the contemporary gallery he has established. The aptly named M.A.D. Gallery is a wonderful creative outlet that exhibits a range of horological masterpieces and eclectic artwork. This is where I initially became aware of an amazing watch winder called the Lucky Egg. I was also impressed to find out that the inventor hasn’t got any industrial design experience. This prompted me to contact Allen Hsieh the visionary behind this project. » Read more

As I mentioned previously the idea for my ‘Limited Edition Watches’ book was shaped on a return flight back from Zurich (after visiting Baselworld) to Dubai. As a stoke of good fortune I happened to be seated next to a charming gentleman called Chettha Songthaveepol. He is based in Thailand and the Editor/Chairman of QP Magazine.  We had an enormous amount in common and talked about various collaborations. One of the concepts we discussed was a project about unique timepieces with an advertising component. Essentially this would mean brands would pay money for editorial content. Crucially this is not what I envisioned so I pitched the idea to another global publisher called Schiffer Books. They were very receptive and the rest (as they say) is history. » Read more

Recently I have completed my portion of a book I am co-writing with my US based editor Cheryl. The book is specifically about Australian Architecture and why it is so extraordinary. In the scheme of things Australia is a relatively young country in the context of modern development. It hasn’t got the grand historical buildings or temples found in regions like Europe or Asia. However, it does have some of the finest and largest contemporary residences in my opinion. » Read more

My seven-year-old son (like most boys of his age) is absolutely crazy about cars. From a very young age he has developed an ingenious talent of being able to recognise a car by just a glimpse of its headlight. That is why he is really excited that Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures have released a third instalment of the Cars franchise. The story focuses on how former hero ‘Lightning McQueen is now overshadowed by newcomer ‘Jackson Storm’. Interesting massive technological advances in the automotive industry are integral to the films plot line. Back to reality UK company Bristol Cars have embraced these changes with a revolutionary new version of their Bullet. » Read more

Over the last few years I have amassed a pretty respectable watch collection. Certainly I feel privileged to own timepieces that I could only have dreamed about a few years ago. Compared to many serious collectors my selection is pretty humble and contains no complications. I met a Singapore entrepreneur a few years ago who has a staggering gambit of around 250 watches. He stores them in vaults in customised cases (of 25), which he deposits on a monthly basis. As they are all mechanical he also needs a pretty decent watch winder (or several) to keep selected models running. » Read more

What I have noticed about living in Australia is that people are fanatical about their coffee. In Adelaide, where I reside there is a boutique café called ‘A Mothers Milk’ that serve single origin coffee from around the world. On one occasion I even got to try a very special brew from Tasmania. As well as a broad variety of independent eateries there are many exclusive retailers selling bespoke machines. Therefore, customers can enjoy this wonderful beverage in the comfort of their own homes. » Read more

Even though we live by the lake, myself and wife were interested in the idea of building a pool for our 7-year old to swim in. Essentially this meant we could keep an eye on the little fella while entertaining. Unfortunately, because access is really restricted and our plot is fairly small we were limited to a bespoke concrete pool. Essentially to create what we wanted would involve hiring a massive crane and that would incur astronomical costs. In the end we decided the project wasn’t financially viable so we ditched the idea. Instead we decided to buy some really nice garden furniture including a recycled table made from Indonesian boats. However, in the first instance we did contact Austin Maynard Architects to find out if their phenomenal Zero Waste Table was practical for outdoor usage (which it isn’t). » Read more