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Screen Shot 2017-02-07 at 7.16.43 PM 19.02.2017

WHO TO FOLLOW: @nobleandgraff

Sick of the same old in your Insta-feed? We can highly recommend the account of watch lover and leather goods wizard N G Lester of UK-based Noble & Graff. Get ready for a screen full of his creations, punctuated with pics of many (many) watches. Oh, and poodles. There are poodles. NAME: N G Lester OCCUPATION: Crafter of luxury trunks and fine leather goods, and vintage watch connoisseur HANDLE:  @NobleandGraff FOLLOWERS: 8091 LOCATION: London Time+Tide: How did you end up making luggage? N G Lester: I started my career in men’s tailoring, and my first encounter working with leather was at the Alexander McQueen studio. They…

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SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 5, February 2017

The beginning of the year is always a great time here in Australia, as the weather starts to warm up and most of us get a few weeks off work. It’s also a time when 95 per cent of the population joins a new gym, and we make a bunch of other ridiculous new year’s resolutions, like ‘I won’t buy any watches this year’ and ‘I’ll spend less money on coffee’. Kicking off January in style, I made the (very long) drive down to the Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo. Whilst doing a touch of spotting in the Peroni marquee, I bumped…

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WHO TO FOLLOW: @horologym

One of the greatest things about social media is its rich seam of photos posted by amateur watch lovers all over the world. Ronald Chew is one of those folk, and we can’t get enough of his feed, which is jam-packed with shots of watches – belonging both to him and his network of buddies. Get on board. NAME: Ronald Chew OCCUPATION: Personal trainer, military reservist and watch guy HANDLE:  @Horologym FOLLOWERS: 18.7k LOCATION: Singapore Time+Tide: How do you keep busy? Ronald Chew: I’m a personal trainer, and have been teaching since 2008, and like any other physically fit male Singaporean, I’m also an…

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Omega-Speedmaster-Ron-Garan-1 07.02.2017

WATCHSPOTTING: Ron’s beaten-up Omega is cooler than yours – or has your Speedmaster X-33 been into space?

A little while ago, I was in Sydney attending a conference for my day job. The opening speaker was Ron Garan Jr, a former NASA astronaut, who’s travelled 71 million miles for work, spent 178 days in space, orbited earth 2842 times and enjoyed a grand total of 27 hours and three minutes taking part in EVAs (extravehicular activity) over four spacewalks. As Ron took the stage to share his experiences on the International Space Station (ISS), giving the sort of perspective that only an astronaut can have, I found myself a little distracted. You see, in the world of semi-pro watchspotting,…

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ryanbbabenzien 04.02.2017

WHO TO FOLLOW: @ryanbbabenzien

Time to inject some fresh blood into your insta vein.  Founder of footwear brand Greats, Ryan Babenzien documents his work and life in Williamsburg through the lens of a modern entrepreneur. In a feed dominated by his latest collections, you’ll also see plenty of vintage cars and motorcycles spotted along the streets of NYC, as well as a keen passion for art and design. NAME: Ryan Babenzien OCCUPATION: Founder of Brooklyn-born sneaker brand Greats. HANDLE: @ryanbbabenzien FOLLOWERS: 8438 LOCATION: Brooklyn Time+Tide: How did you find yourself in the #SneakerGame? Ryan Babenzien: I’ve never been a sneaker head in the traditional sense. I’ve never waited…

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WHO TO FOLLOW: @discommon 

Insta feed in need of some fresh inspiration? Step right this way, as we chat to one half of industrial designers Discommon, who’ve been making waves in just about every industry of late, with their collaborations and creations. Their promise: “work with us and we will make exactly what is in your head.” NAME: Neil Ferrier OCCUPATION: Chief Conspirator at Discommon, where his background in mechanical engineering and product development is put to good use on all manner of creative projects. HANDLE: @discommon FOLLOWERS: 13.5K LOCATION: California How did you end up making stuff? It was all Oakley’s fault. I…

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Cadel-Evans-TAG-Heuer-1 27.01.2017

INTERVIEW: Cadel Evans – “I’ve really had no choice but to become a watch lover”

The 2017 Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race kicks off tomorrow in earnest, with men’s and women’s elite races, as well as a more laidback People’s Ride planned for the weekend, against the backdrop of some of Australia’s most stunning roads. In the lead-up to the action, we caught up with the man himself – and the only Aussie to ever win the Tour de France – Cadel Evans. Sitting down with him at TAG Heuer’s flagship boutique in Melbourne (the brand is the official timekeeping partner for the race), we chatted, naturally, about all things time-related. Time+Tide: What do you like…

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WHO TO FOLLOW: @jamesbanks

Looking for insta-inspo? You’ve come to the right place. NAME: James Banks OCCUPATION: Head of Bespoke Cars at McLaren Special Operations (MSO) bringing to life his clients’ creative visions through custom paint colours and unique designs. HANDLE: @JamesBanksEsq FOLLOWERS: 8.5K LOCATION: London Tell us about your daily watch. It’s a Rotary skeleton watch. I adore skeleton watches and clocks – I guess it’s the engineer in me, having studied Mechanical Engineering at university. Apart from a recent Cartier design for over £500,000, I’ve never seen a watch that I find more aesthetically pleasing. Sadly, it keeps terrible time. I rely…

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SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 4, January 2017

There you have it – another year done and dusted. Now we’re all trying to get our heads around writing 2017 instead of 2106, and ramping up the excitement about the new releases we’ll be seeing at SIHH and Baselworld. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been able to take advantage of time off work to catch up with a few long lost friends, and to do some summertime watch-spotting. Most businesses might have shut up shop for the Christmas break, but that didn’t stop me from finding a few open cafes. After what feels like a lifetime of research…

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IWC-Big-Pilot-Little-prince-6 04.01.2017

TEAM PICK: Andy Green’s favourite stories of 2016

Continuing with our series of Team Picks, it’s Andy Green who has the reins today, wrangling the three gems he enjoyed reading most on T+T in 2016. HANDS-ON: Size does matter, the 2016 IWC Big Pilot Edition “Le Petit Prince” BY: Felix Scholz PUBLISHED: May “The title alone had me. Also, Felix pretending to know cars is always funny. But seriously, I absolutely love this watch. I’m a sucker for a blue dial, which the photographer, Jason Reekie, captured beautifully here. And regardless of all that, this is my favourite of IWC’s Big Pilot offering.” INSIGHT: Inside the new Melbourne Rolex Service Centre…

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WHO TO FOLLOW: @blackbadger

Don’t get stuck in an Instagram rut. Allow us to point you in the direction of inspirational characters to follow, starting with… NAME: James Thompson OCCUPATION: Canadian industrial designer and founder of Black Badger Advanced Composites, focusing on jewellery design and timepiece collaboration. HANDLE: @blackbadger FOLLOWERS: 30.9K LOCATION: Sweden Tell us about your daily watch. That would be my Bell & Ross BR01. It was the first watch I ever bought, in 2008. I inherited a small amount of money when my grandparents passed away, and as my grandfather was always really interested in the how and why of things,…

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SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 3, December 2016

Ah, December, my favourite month of the year. It’s got the lot: my birthday, Christmas and of course it’s when the Michael Bublé calendar becomes available for the year ahead. It’s a time of year that tends to be action packed, as we all fall into mayhem trying to make sense of the past 12 months. And this month’s Spotted was no different, including a sighting (in the wild) of an astonishingly clean 1982 Rolex Sub, which you can read about a little further down… First up, I caught up with an old mate and fellow watch lover, Stefanos, to check…

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chadmcqueen4 07.12.2016

INTERVIEW: Chad and Chase McQueen on family, legacy and TAG Heuer

A few weeks ago, on a wet and gloomy morning, I made my way to the 2016 Motorclassica, held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building – jostling through the crowds of people who were out in force despite the rain to see a superb assortment of new and vintage cars and motorcycles. They may have been excited, but I was even more on edge, because thanks to TAG Heuer I was about to meet the McQueen family – specifically the son of the late Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen, and his own son, Chase. At first, I wasn’t sure why I was…

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andy-green-nov-2 13.11.2016

SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 2, November 2016

October was a crazy, crazy month, but before we dive in, I must address the bronze elephant in the room. Carl has gone, and he’s not coming back. Yes, our lucky survey winner (at odds of roughly 3000:1), chose the Oris Carl Brashear Limited Edition. Anyway, back to it. This month you might’ve noticed me whipping around town in a Fiat 500x (yes, the viagra one), which quickly brought out my inner Italiano. I took Melbourne lawyer (and legend) Tom Le, along for a couple of  chap-laps and, high on endorphins from two recent purchases (a Kermit and a Batman),  it…

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clerc-4 23.10.2016

HANDS-ON: The Clerc Hydroscaph GMT Power Reserve

When the opportunity to spend some time with the Clerc Hydroscaph came up, I was keen as mustard. Having only ever seen the brand in passing, I was eager to try on one of their distinctively styled divers. My tastes are fairly traditional when it comes to aquatic-oriented watches, and Clerc was well and truly out of the ordinary. The thought of stepping outside of my comfort-zone was a little dangerous and yes, I’ll admit it, exciting. When I found out I’d be wearing the impressively titled Hydroscaph GMT Power-Reserve Chronometer in midnight blue I was pretty pleased, as I’m a…

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andy-green-spotted-1 13.10.2016

SPOTTED! BY AG: Dispatch 1, October 2016

Editor’s Note: It will surprise no-one to learn that Andy Green spends a significant amount of time each month in cafés, handling watches – of fairly staggering scope and value – and meeting people. That was pretty much our brief to him when we started working with Andy officially back in the early days of Time+Tide. Go forth. Get buzzed. Take photos. We called the position the ‘Community Engagement Officer’. Whether or not we can take credit for creating the single origin snuffling watch monster he’s become, decorated almost daily in mouthwatering wristcandy, is debatable. But the fact is, we may…

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ciciulla-dunklings-04 11.09.2016

MY WATCH STORY: John’s 1960s Dunklings Rivana

Not long ago, John Ciciulla, a friend of T+T, posted this image on instagram, explaining that the watch – which originally belonged to his grandfather – had just come back after lengthy repairs. We were keen to find out more, so we caught up with John – a pathologist in Melbourne – to hear the story behind his prized 1960s Dunklings Rivana, and why it’s so special to him. When did you first become interested in watches? It started at a young age, with Swatch watches and digital calculator watches, but when I first discovered mechanical watches, it was a…

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Linde-Werdelin-Oktopus-Tattoo-1 31.08.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Dane’s Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo

It’s not often you see a Linde Werdelin in Australia – many people haven’t even heard of the brand, never mind seen one – so when we came across a Melbourne-based collector with one, we were excited. When we spoke, Dane Stokes, who describes himself on his insta feed (@the_watch_vault) as a ‘watch collector and serial flipper’, had recently managed to get his hands on a Linde Werdelin Oktopus Tattoo – a watch he’d been dreaming of for years. How did you get into watches? I’ve loved them from an early age. My prized primary school possession was a Marvin…

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TedGushue6 12.08.2016

MY WATCH STORY: Ted from Petrolicious and his Rolex GMT Master 1675

Editorial Director of Petrolicious, a site and production house dedicated to showcasing the world’s finest classic cars and their owners, Ted Gushue has an instagam feed (@TedGushue) that’s unsurprisingly dominated by breathtaking cars. So, when we began spotting the occasional timepiece dotted among the vintage BMWs and Porsches, we wanted to know more from this LA-based man of style – starting with this beautiful example of a Rolex GMT Master 1675. What’s the story behind this watch? My dad wore what could very well be this exact watch while he raised me, up until about age 14. It was an engagement…

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Melbourne-Watch-Company-Carlton-2 21.06.2016

HANDS-ON: The Melbourne Watch Company Carlton – a smart meca-quartz chronograph

Editor’s Note: For the final instalment of our 2016 Australian watch round up we’re looking at the fun and fashionable Carlton, from the Melbourne Watch Company. We’ve got a soft spot for the Melbourne Watch Company, and that’s not just because it’s named after our hometown. The serial Kickstarters have done well in separating themselves from the ever-growing pack of affordable, online watch brands. Last year we checked out the flagship Portsea, and today we’re spending some quality time with the Carlton. Its fifth and largest watch, and far more fashion-focused than the other models, this is another success story for the brand. Consistent with…

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Ochs-Junior-Moonphase 14.06.2016

LIST: Less is more – 7 of the best minimalist watches

Based on the profusion of crazy skeletonised dials and triple-axis tourbillons, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the watch industry’s overarching design ethos is ‘busy is better’. And while we like a good complication as much as the next horological aficionado (nerd is such a dirty word), if we’re brutally honest with ourselves, we’re never going to need that helium escape valve, and it’s just as easy to use our phone to find out the time in Minsk. We thought it was about time we embraced a more pared-back philosophy and, with that in mind, we assembled seven of the…

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Bausele-Pilot-3 07.06.2016

HANDS-ON: The Bausele Pilot All Black – 
a value packed ceramic pilot with a twist

Editor’s Note: As part of our follow-up to last year’s Australian Watch Week, we’re taking another look at Bausele – this time the well-priced ceramic pilot. It’s been a little while now since we checked in with Bausele, which has continued to carve its name into the local watch scene. Now it looks set to crack the American market, recently signing English/Aussie /LA-based actor Dominic Purcell, famous for his stint in Prison Break, as the face of its new campaign. Bausele was the first Australian brand to get a seat at the table that is Baselworld – not bad for a locally grown, Swiss-made brand.…

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Hublot-Spirit-big-bang-moonphase-slider 01.06.2016

HANDS-ON: The Hublot Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase Titanium, same style, smaller size

For Hublot, 2015 was very much the year of the Big Bang, with the release of some pretty radical variations and the use of several avant-garde materials. Now, though, as we approach the middle of 2016, we’ve seen a shift in the brand’s focus to the Spirit of Big Bang the softer, more elegant younger brother of the Big Bang. First released in 2014, it’s had a few years to develop and mature in its own right. One such evolution is the newest family member – the Spirit of Big Bang Moonphase. The first thing you notice about the Spirit is its distinctive…

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Fuji-Dry1 20.05.2016

NEWS: 7 things that are heavier than (and the same weight as) the Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept watch

Over the past few years, Montblanc has been delivering the hits with unerring regularity, part of an impressive brand refresh that’s made everyone sit up and pay attention. In particular they’ve developed a rep for clever, classically inspired pieces – which is why the TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-light Concept watch surprised us. Weighing a mere 14.88g – yes, GRAMS – it’s no ordinary TimeWalker, nor is it any ordinary watch. Montblanc has trimmed the fat and shed the weight where it counts. So, how did they do it? We’d like to say it was with a combination of diet and exercise,…

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4500S/000A-B195 27.04.2016

INTRODUCING: The Vacheron Constantin Quai de L’île, in steel with a Geneva Seal

Following on from a strong SIHH, where Vacheron Constantin premiered an updated Overseas collection, the prestigious maison has unexpectedly released an aggressively priced stainless steel watch in their curvaceous Quai De L’île collection. This surprise release matters not only because it’s another example of a high-end brand releasing an accessible steel model in response to the softening luxury market, but because it’s a marked departure from Vacheron Constantin’s classical aesthetic. Housed within a perfectly sized 41mm cushion case, the Quai de L’île features split-level lugs – a signature Vacheron Constantin touch. Combine this with the sporty dial (in either black or…

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Halios-Tropik-Bronze 07.04.2016

LIST: 6 watches for the weekend warrior

The wrist is a terrible thing to waste at the best of times. But on the weekend, when most of us are enjoying a  break from the unrelenting grind of nine to five, it’s especially wasteful not to enjoy a change of pace in the watch department. A sporty change-up, a more utilitarian look, something minimal after a week of chronographs, or perhaps a tool watch that matches your weekend activities. It’s a time to refresh and relax. These six durable and versatile weekend warriors will help you get it done, whatever you’re doing.  The Halios Tropik Bronze First up we have the Tropik Bronze…

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32628BDA00000578-0-image-m-63_1458488353898 21.03.2016

NEWS: Broken Rolex-made Panerai bought at car boot sale for £10 sells for…. *stops typing to weep*

It’s happened again. First, this guy found an original LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm in a thrift store. And now, the son of a Cheshire man that bought a Rolex-made Panerai issued to the Italian Navy in WW2 at a car boot sale for 10 quid has sold the watch for £46,000 at auction. It turns out the timepiece was only one of 618 Rolex 17 Rubis Panerai 3636 watches made between 1941 to 1943. Your pain is our pain. “He was so shocked by the result he had to be told the final sale price three times by the auctioneer – as…

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Tom-Hardy-Bulgari 01.03.2016

LIST: Watch Spotting at the 2016 Oscars

The Oscars are a time when Hollywood’s best and brightest don their finery and strut their stuff. And watches are becoming increasingly important (and visible) accessories. For those of you who missed the red carpet action, we’ve been busy watch spotting, and have picked out the best-dressed wrists of the 2016 Oscars. THE SUBTLE CHARMER ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne FILM: The Danish Girl WATCH: Omega Globemaster Eddie Redmayne’s boyish good looks weren’t enough to get him an Oscar this year, however his watch was a definite winner. Ed’s sported a white dial Omega Globemaster, a watch we frequently spot him wearing.…

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JLC-Reverso-tribute-Duo-1 24.02.2016

HANDS-ON: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duo 85th Anniversary

For the next twelve months Jaeger-LeCoultre will be celebrating the mighty Reverso – an 85-year-old bona-fide icon that deserves a place in any serious watch collection. JLC announced a range of Reversos at SIHH earlier this year, but more importantly they announced a restructure of the entire Reverso line. Their aim – to evolve the collection while staying true to their history. The Reverso has been distilled into three, established stylistic impressions: the Reverso Classic, the Reverso Tribute and the Reverso One. The Reverso Classic collection remains reassuringly seductive, staying true to the art deco styling that’s always defined the…

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18.TUDOR Fabric Straps_Heritage Chrono Blue 16.02.2016

INSIGHT: The making of Tudor’s fabric watch straps

As anyone who’s handled a watch from Tudor’s heritage line knows, the watches come on a leather strap or metal bracelet as standard, but they also come with a very cool additional fabric strap in the box. What you might not know about is the degree of thoughtfulness and attention to detail that goes into the design and production of these highly sought after straps. Back in 2009, after taking note of the popularity of NATO straps amongst watch collectors, Tudor realised this was an area with potential. Originally designed for military use, the NATO strap was inexpensive and more secure…

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Will-Smith-Tudor-Black-Bay-Heritage-Blue-image-via-esquire 15.02.2016

LIST: Six watches to lift your look

Finding the right watch to match your wardrobe can be surprisingly tricky – all too often your wrist overpowers (or worse – underwhelms) the rest of your outfit. But when it’s done well the watch not only looks good with your outfit, but makes it. Here are six of Hollywood’s finest demonstrating how the perfect watch can lift even the most casual look to new heights. Tudor Black Bay Blue as worn by Will Smith On their own, earthy tones can be basic and somewhat dull. Throw on a watch with a touch of colour, and you’ve got yourself a winner.…

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JLC-Reverso-Classique 04.01.2016

LIST: Four watches perfect for polo

Team T+T are still riding high off our successful day out at Polo In The City in November, and now we’re ready for round two at Polo By The Sea, at Palm Beach in Sydney in just a few days. And if we have one piece of advice, it’s to make sure you look the part, because the fashion off the field is just as important as what’s happening on it. That’s why we’re here to help, with our handpicked stable of four winners, which will be sure to score you some points from the sidelines. Hublot Chukker Bang Perfect…

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MY WATCH JOURNEY: Peter Siddle’s Franck Muller Vanguard

EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s Boxing Day, which means one thing to Australians. Sitting at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) in the baking sun watching men in white throw a ball at each other with only a small block of wood to defend themselves. It’s called cricket, it’s a game of spectacular skill, brutality and grace – and today is one of the biggest contests of all, the Boxing Day Test Match. It means a lot to us as a nation, I’ll let Australian cricket team captain Steve Smith explain in it in his words here. Today, in a MY WATCH JOURNEY special, Andy…

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Bar_Refaeli 22.12.2015

INTRODUCING: The Hublot Big Bang Broderie

When Hublot announced international model slash actress Bar Rafaeli as their first female ambassador we expected a change of pace from the typically masculine brand, and they didn’t disappoint. The Big Bang Broderie collection has had a flying start, taking out the Ladies Watch Prize this year at the GPHG, where it swiftly saw off competitors with its innovative finishing and distinctive aesthetic. Key to the success of the range is the fusion of traditional embroidery combined with high-tech manufacturing and materials, which led to Hublot collaborating with Bischoff Textil, an industry leader in embroidery since its launch in 1927.…

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HANDS-ON: The Hublot Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Blue

Blue has definitely been one of the big trends for 2015, and this Hublot has to be the bluest watch we’ve seen all year. Late in 2014, Hublot announced a partnership with Italian eyewear designers Italia Independent, famous for their cutting-edge designs and being the first to use carbon fibre in eyewear. The meeting of these two unconventional and disruptive brands resulted in the Big Bang Unico Italia Independent Blue, which was released at Baselworld earlier this year. As you’d expect from Hublot, this collab extended beyond a simple co-branding exercise and they took the opportunity to incorporate an entirely…

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Polo-in-the-city-slider 30.11.2015

EVENT: Polo is the new racing, and Time+Tide is saddling up for the season

Founder’s Note: When the idea of sponsoring the polo was first raised by Janek Gazecki, founder of Polo in the City (and Polo by the Sea), it hit an immediate chord. What better way to introduce Time+Tide to the wider non-watch-obsessed world than on a field of manicured turf next to other publications and media groups with the thundering of hooves and the popping of champagne corks to make it all the more exciting. Believe me, PITC’s bold tagline – “Polo is the new racing” – was more than evident in the glorious sunshine yesterday as a capacity crowd milled…

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Tudor_Cockatoo_island-16 05.10.2015

EVENT: The Tudor Fastrider Experience, Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour

The invitations were vague and mysterious. Guests given two simple instructions; meet at the Commissioners Steps in Circular Quay at 5.30pm, and don’t be late. As the masses arrived, it became clear the event involved travel. Tudor had organised a ferry, but as the 150 guests boarded the location still remained undisclosed. Speculation and rumours ran rife. But the fact is, no one knew where we were going, or what was planned for the evening. Drinking champagne as we passed under the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge, 20 minutes had passed and all bets were on us staying on the boat. That was…

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