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Escape from deco hell

When the ceiling in our sitting room fell down last month, we descended with the thudding plaster and the lathe…

30 Mar 2014

Maker’s marques

Back in the pre-war era, cars were invariably bought in the form of a naked chassis for which a specialist…

30 Mar 2014

Smoke rings

Despite the draconian smoking bans which have come in across Europe over the last decade or so, cigar smoking is…

30 Nov 2013

Small audio dynamite

Not long ago, the Fawn came about as close as she ever has done to crossing the red line marked…

30 Nov 2013

Clothes force

Like many men, I’ve never got used to the idea that Mother doesn’t dress me any more. I tried in my…

30 Nov 2013

Dream machine

The fear began as soon as my bum settled into the leather seat. It rose from my foot to my…

30 Nov 2013

Clockwork culture

The watch world’s enthusiasm for selling products by linking them with dangerous sports is well known — diving, driving, flying,…

30 Nov 2013

Hands on

Ewan McGregor caught the tinkering bug from his grandfathers. One of them, on his father’s side, was a motoring obsessive…

30 Nov 2013

Striking again

In a studio above the Clink prison museum near London Bridge, Richard -Hoptroff shows me his latest invention: the world’s…

30 Nov 2013

Simpler times

The first time I saw an Ochs und Junior watch was on the wrist of my Swiss friend Fabian. It…

30 Nov 2013

Stitching for the stars

Though the firm was established in 1849, H. Huntsman & Sons’ most famous clients are from the Hollywod golden age:…

21 Sep 2013

Rocks of ages

As I sit at the computer with my fingers dancing across the keys, the monotony of their black squares and…

21 Sep 2013

Making waves

Shaq looked lackadaisical; but really he was very precise. Action betrayed him. He tightened the toggle on his old straw…

21 Sep 2013

That time of year

Festivals? A young man’s game. I know this because I was a young man until quite recently, so I went to…

22 Jun 2013
Angela-Missoni (photo by Olymcom Spa / Rex Features)

Missoni’s mission

When Angela Missoni was pregnant with her third child, Theresa (now 23), she told her father Tai she couldn’t go…

22 Jun 2013
Annoushka Ducas’s latest artistic collaboration at her shop in Chelsea, above, is with Nathalie Hambro

The jeweller’s art

I’m pretty sure the first thing most people do when they meet Annoushka Ducas is check out her jewellery. This…

22 Jun 2013

Windsor Without Palaces

It was only 8.30a.m., but already my shirt was catching on my dampening shoulders. That’s Florida for you, even in…

30 Mar 2013

Three Ways To Reinvent The Wheel

In time trials at the Olympics and the Tour de France, the very best cyclists in the world push themselves…

30 Mar 2013

Free Range

Our trip began at Farnborough, an almost eerily zen airport. A small girl of about five was being ushered through…

30 Mar 2013

The Write Stuff

Here’s what you should get your loved one for Christmas. 1. A nice fountain pen. 2. Philip Hensher’s The Missing…

1 Dec 2012
Katharine Hepburn dressed as a boy in the movie Sylvia Scarlett, 1935

So Macho

In an interview last year, the actress Tilda Swinton remembered, as a child, seeing her mother and father (an Army…

1 Dec 2012

F for Fabulous

Jaguars must be good-lookers. Sir William Lyons, founder of the marque, had an eye for the sleek and svelte. It…

1 Dec 2012
A very valuable wrist: Steve McQueen on the set of Le Mans wearing the Heuer Monaco

Track Times

It was a watchmaker called George Schaeren who first observed the intimacy between cars and watches. Way back in 1918,…

1 Dec 2012

The World in an Oyster

I nearly always wear pearls. When I was a little girl I had a picture of Louise Brooks on my…

22 Sep 2012

Built to Last

Sycamore House in Clapham Old Town is home to Tim Gosling and the design business that bears his name. This…

22 Sep 2012

Slice

I do not like pain on any occasion — even with pregnancy, I asked for morphine a week after I found…

22 Sep 2012