Steampunk: Infernal Devices

Five years ago, whilst on holiday in Japan, I took a detour. It started with a trip to Nakano Broadway – one of Tokyo’s main otaku destinations – a multi-level mall devoted to selling everything from manga to aidoru-related collectables, via video games and BluRay discs. It’s also home to Jack Road, which, it turns out, is actually […]

It’s all relative (probably)

Warning – this piece may contain spoilers. If you’ve not seen Interstellar, you may want to skip this and read about something else instead. This post may also contain random links / segues. Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the film Interstellar contains passages played on the four register Harrison & Harrison in the Temple Church in […]

The joy of a cheap watch

Sometimes you just need to put all the snobbery aside and admit to yourself that even a cheap watch can bring enjoyment. Timex, the 162 year old American company possibly best known for its catchy slogan** and Ironman range of watches, has recently released a limited edition of its field watch-style Waterbury line in collaboration with Minnesota-based […]

SalonQP 2015

SalonQP was launched in 2009. Since moving to the Saatchi Gallery from Number One Marylebone, the annual event has continued to gather momentum and reputation, helped, no doubt, by its new owners, the Telegraph Media Group. This year, over 90 watch and watch-related brands were represented, ranging from well-established manufacture to independents, including some names that had […]

Holding hands

OnlyWatch is a biennial charity auction of specially-designed, one-off pieces from some of the best watchmakers and manufacture in the world in aid of research into Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The auction is organised by Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, the Monaco Yacht Show and Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo. It’s a good cause, and showcases some […]

An interview with Roger W Smith

While attempting to discover when The Watchmaker’s Apprentice would be available on general release, I was approached by DAM Production’s / Bulldog Distribution’s marketing partner, Organic Marketing, and offered the chance to interview Roger on one of his increasingly rare trips to London. Unfortunately, I was unable to see him in person, but he did […]

The Watchmaker’s Apprentice

  The Watchmaker’s Apprentice – the story of the late Dr George Daniels and his apprentice, Roger W Smith – has had a succession of successful screenings at film festivals, both in the UK and United States. Most recently,  the documentary was shown at Birmingham City University (home to the UK’s only Horology BA-Hons Degree), in […]

Raiding the past

The burial chamber of king Tutankhamun was, it seems, saved from tomb raiders by a combination of poor memory and natural disasters. Although plundered at least twice in the years after Tutankhamun’s interment, the thieves appear to have taken only a few small objects; further incursions may have been curtailed by floods or rockslides, or simply because the […]