Nick Horne's Rich Pickings

MINUTE Repeaters and the World Time function have played a pivotal role in the portfolio of Patek Philippe’s complicated time pieces. The repeater is a complication in a mechanical watch…
YOU have the yacht in the harbour, the supercar at the kerb and personal jet waiting on the apron for you at the airport, but you feel something is lacking.…
THE centre-piece of the Bentley Home collection presented at the Salon International del Mobile, Milan April 2018 was the kitchen. An idealised expression of the focal point of modern family…
THIS week at Goodwood, Sussex home of Rolls Royce Motor Cars and of the Bespoke Collective of the manufacturer, saw the reveal of the ADAMAS collection. A limited-edition Black Badge…
GENEVA is an interesting place. Of course, it’s a city, with strong and distinctive architecture, beautiful views of Lake Geneva and mountains, compact not sprawling, with a fast-running river dissecting…
IN 2009, Patek Philippe introduced a chronograph intended exclusively for feminine wrists. It was the exclusive debut of a classic manufacture made chronograph movement - column wheel, horizontal clutch, manual…
THE Royal Air Force, the first independent Air Force in the world, is celebrating a century of service in 2018. Last year, inspired by and in anticipation, Aston Martin the…
AFTER the Wars of Spanish Succession were concluded more than 300 years ago; at Parma, in Italy, Princess Elisabeth Farnese married Philip V of Spain. While the intrigues of Europe…
PABLO PICASSO led Sotheby’s London’s Impressionist and Modern Art and Surrealist Art auction in February and last week the most popular museum in London, the Tate Modern, opened Picasso’s Golden…
THERE are many amazing hotels in the world, and in an occasional series, I will look at Rooms at the Top. Not necessarily the top as in height above sea…
THE 88th Geneva International Motor Show opens today – March 8. There will be more than 110 World and European premieres paraded at this year’s show. Over the last two…
STATISTICS and their cousin averages are slippery customers. On average when Bill Gates; of Microsoft fame and leader of the Gates Foundation, enters a restaurant everyone in the room, on…
SEARCHING for a discreet yet fabulous holiday? One that is a destination and a conveyance at one and the same time? Need to take the whole family several friends and…
IN an average lifetime we spend upwards of 26 years sleeping, a third of our lives. We are advised that we should replace our beds at least every eight years.…
JET-SETTER, a tag that has been attached to the very rich in the popular imagination since the 1950’s. There are however gradations or levels of a jet-setter. There are those…
WAIT for one new wristwatch and hundreds turn up at once. Three distinctive pieces revealed by three distinctive watch manufactures, Cartier, MB&F, and Richard Mille at the SIHH 2018 the…

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