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For the last few years I have written numerous articles about watches for my own website and many other magazines. Recently I changed the name of my website to Total Design Reviews so I could broaden my horizons. This means I can now write about topics like architecture, art, automobiles, technology and lifestyle. However I still want to feature really well designed timepieces on the site. » Read more

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A few weeks ago I watched a great Norwegian film called Kon-Tiki. The movie portrays legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal’s phenomenal voyage across the pacific. Essentially his mission was to prove that South Americans were the first settlers in Polynesia. This adventurer made this extraordinary journey on a handcrafted balsawood raft with the help of a specialist crew. Amazingly on their three-month crossing they encountered adverse weather and shark attacks. Ultimately Thor Heyerdal achieved his goal and subsequently wrote a book chronicling these events that sold over 50 million copies. These types of historic tales are also the inspiration for many watchmakers. A great example is Hong Kong based brand DELTAt’s First Flight, which is a tribute to 20th Century aviator Alberto Santos-Dumont. » Read more

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One of the first houses in France to be constructed from materials like glass and steel is the iconic Maison de Verre. This sensational property was exceptionally progressive for the time (1928 to 1932) because of its modern industrial façade. It also combined the talents of legendary furniture designer and Dutch architect Bernard Bijvoet. » Read more

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It is fair to say that many people will be familiar with Yvan Arpa and his eclectic range of timepieces. Certainly I have written many articles about his watches and find them very desirable. However like most artists Yvan Arpa is exploring new and exciting products to develop. Probably his most adventurous and ambitious creative project is the Silver UFO Motorcycle he designed in 2013. » Read more