Creators of readily customizable manufacturing and automation solutions, based in Montreal, Berlin, and Boston.
I love the character that artful touches like this bring to a cityscape. The mosaic sidewalks of Portugal lend its cities, like Lisbon, a similar artistic charm underfoot.
I particularly appreciate the blend of automation & artisanship that the Japanese bring to the production of these manhole covers.
The approach used by NIF here to draw carbon nanotubes together is borderline artisanal. The end result is a micro-scale thread with incredible tensile strength, developed to replace the spider silk previously being used to suspend fuel capsules for nuclear fusion.
A German-based CVD diamond specialist. Already mass producing diamond lenses at the scale of the cyclops lens found on every modern Rolex Datejust, scaled up, their diamond lenses would make for sensible successor to the now ubiquitous sapphire crystals used across the watch industry.
Diamond Materials played a crucial role in developing the diamond spheres used in the successful fusion energy experiment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility in December of 2022.
A peek inside the manufacturing facilities of The Mondaine Group in Switzerland.
Tomas Weber reporting for Smithsonian Magazine, in an interview with researcher and inventor, Andrew Parker:
“The brightest colors are being produced from completely transparent materials."
Parker is also the cofounder of Lifescaped, creators of some of the most advanced biomimetic colours on the planet.
I imagine it won't be long before we start seeing applications of this technology being applied to watch dials.
Michael Stadermann speaking to the press at last week's announcement of the fusion energy breakthrough achieved at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The level of penultimate-perfection that Stadermann and his colleagues achieve with each spherical diamond fuel capsule that they deliver is mind bending. A hollow shell crafted from the hardest material known to humankind, measuring two millimeters in diameter, near perfectly round, and polished 100x smoother than the surface of a mirror, filled with fuel through a tube that is a mere 2 microns wide.
Somewhat heartening for Stadermann and his team, I'm sure, is that the weight of future progress in this particular branch of fusion technology does not lie squarely on their shoulders. Encouragingly, the system design iterations and laser upgrades detailed by Annie Kritcher and Jean-Michel Di Nicola, to improve the symmetry of the implosion, made this milestone achievement in December of 2022 possible with a fuel capsule that had more tungsten inclusions—and was therefore less perfect—than the fuel capsule produced for the fusion trial in August of 2021.
James Stacey dives deep into the subterranean laboratories at Rolex to provide an inside look at the lengths that the brand went to to adapt its Superlative Chronometer tests to its leviathan-sized Deepsea Challenge—including an Ultra High Pressure tank developed in partnership with COMEX.
The Deepsea Challenge is tested, in land-locked Switzerland, to a level of water pressure that doesn't naturally exist anywhere on earth.
In an interview with Cam Wolf, reporting for GQ:
"There’s no way to make high-end mechanical watches accessible to everyone who appreciates them, but there is a way, at any price point, to create something that inspires the same feeling of involvement in terms of seeing something that appeals to you and the joy of opening the box, throwing it on your wrist and looking at your new watch with a smile. That emotion shouldn’t have to be expensive, in theory."
Rounding out another remarkable auction season, Phillips can now lay claim to two consecutive years of fully sold lots across all of their watch auctions. The first time any auction has done so and a testament to the world-class team that Phillips has assembled for its watch department over the past eight years.
John Goldberger returns for a second episode of Talking Watches, with Ben Clymer, of Hodinkee.
His pragmatic set of rules for collecting bookended the episode:
A dial-making specialist owned by The Swatch Group.