Technology & Watches
Tech journalist, Axel Metz’s reflections on watches—both the smart & not-so-smart variety. “I’m straining to think of another technology that can boast such permanence.”
350-year-old Watch Nested in Solid Emerald
Set in a single Columbian emerald, this watch was excavated in the Cheapside Hoard—the largest collection of Elizabethan & early Stuart jewellery on record. Given emerald's proclivity to fracture, the fact that this piece has persisted in such excellent condition for this many centuries is remarkable.
Here's Hoping 2021 Rises Like a Phoenix From the Ashes of 2020
Grand feu enamel, hand engraving, hand finishing—a majestic display of handcraft in a unique piece from Schwarz Etienne & L'Atelier Blandenier. Peter Speake-Marin delves into the craft & techniques involved in bringing The Phoenix Collaboration from concept through to final product.
Differential From Philippe Dufour's Duality
Beyond Ken Kocienda's Solar face that shipped with the original Apple Watch, Geoff McFetridge's Artist face is one of the first to truly begin to explore the boundary pushing potential of the device. The first time that the thought of a constantly evolving watch face ever crossed my mind occurred while touring a small exhibit of digital works at the British Museum back in 2004, coincidentally, the exhibit also included a profile on Jony Ive & his design work for Apple up to that point.