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Diamond Plate Progression
Some counterintuitive findings from The Science of Sharp, analyzing the cutting surface of straight-edge razors honed on varying grits of DMT diamond plates. "Often, results that contradict our intuitive expectations are a key to identifying and improving our deficient understanding."
I use DMT diamond plates to hone the gravers I use with my watchmaking lathe. Anecdotally, I find that finishing to a mirror polish using the extra-extra-fine diamond plate yields an appreciably better finish when turning down a pivot or an arbor. I'd love to see a similar set of SEM images run on a watchmaker's graver, which would be less prone to the plastic deformation conjectured through these results.
ArtyA Purity Tourbillon
The movement architecture of ArtyA's latest tourbillon is aesthetically well-balanced. With respect to the balance itself, I applaud the use of a free-sprung balance wheel—any tourbillon without a free-sprung balance, isn't taking itself seriously. I do have some concern about the one-to-one ratio of the gear train delivering power to the tourbillon itself, though.
Rolex USA Provides Official Comment on Yahoo! News Story Regarding Supply
It's worth noting that this comment is from Rolex Watch USA Inc. & not from Rolex SA. While a good degree of care clearly went into this response & the reasons provided are both sound & in line with the brand's values, the official comment itself lands a stride short of the excellence that Rolex SA is renowned for.
The Less Glamorous Side of the Watch Business
Notably absent from the brands mentioned in this piece from the New York Times? Rolex.
Few, if any, other watch brands on the planet treat their watchmakers & technicians with the same reverence & respect as Rolex. All of the service centers under their purview that I have ever visited have been pristine & well-appointed.
A Clinic on Your Wrist
Apple supplier, Rockley Photonics, announces clinic-on-chip technology that includes non-invasive blood glucose monitoring.
The inclusion of the Marc Newson strap design in the press release—a hallmark of the Apple Watch since its unveiling—is a clear nod at whose "scalable, high-volume product delivery" pipeline their infrared spectrophotometer tech is headed for.
“I’ve Discovered That You Work Metal Like Wood, Metal Is Fibres.” – Denis Flageollet
Leveraging tech from big brother, Omega, & sister brand, Rado, it's nice to see Tissot rolling out more & more ceramic bezels throughout its line-up.
Coupled with their new free-sprung balance & silicon hairspring, Tissot is serving up incredible value in the sub-$1000 mechanical watch category.
What Does It Take to Hear Big Ben Again?
Working from a covert location, Ian G. Westworth is among the 500 workers who have been busy restoring Elizabeth Tower, Big Ben, & its Great Clock, “It’s a real honor. There are very few people who can say they’ve taken the Great Clock of Westminster apart & put it back together again."
Making the 3D, Marble Moon Phase Display for Arnold & Son's Luna Magna