“Watchmaking is a world beyond fashion; a world within the world.”
Following in his family’s footsteps, Alexey Tarkhanov began his working life as an architect, although his interests rapidly took him in a new direction as a historian of architecture and art critic.
After managing the Design section of the influential Decorative Art in the USSR journal, he spent twenty years at the head of the Culture pages for Russian daily Kommersant. In 2000 he was appointed editor-in-chief of its watches supplement. He writes about art, design and architecture, and has published books in Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States. He is also a regular contributor to lifestyle magazines, including Vogue, GQ, Tatler and AD.
Design is just part of his interest in watches; people are another, altogether more important aspect in his eyes, as he uncovers the human face – the creators, entrepreneurs, designers – behind the dial.