Contemplating the 30-meter-high ancient pyramid at Mayan archaeological site Chichén Itzá in the blazing Yucatán sunlight, Elizabeth Doerr was awestruck by the structure’s complexity. Not just because of the pure historical ramifications of the pyramid and temple known as El Castillo, but also because of its timekeeping capabilities. Yes, you read that right: timekeeping capabilities!
Patented inventions are present in every aspect of human life. Electric lighting glows in our rooms due to patents held by Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan; plastic is omnipresent thanks to patents registered by Leo Baekeland; and even ballpoint pens would not be on every desk if Laszlo Biro hadn’t patented them. Elizabeth Doerr takes a look at patents in the watch industry, including the most famous of all: Abraham-Louis Breguet’s patent for the tourbillon.
There is design, and then there is Porsche Design. The former is general, the latter is a distinct design language all by itself. As the name suggests, the 1919 Globetimer UTC is a world time watch – a type of watch with which Porsche Design has had significant experience, starting with the world time watch with alarm function it created in the 1990s with IWC. Martin Green thinks this latest model is the best to date.
One of the most famous bourbon distilleries of all is Buffalo Trace, whose story started centuries ago with a famous name: Daniel Boone, who rode through Leestown in 1771 “on the buffalo trace” more than 20 years before Kentucky even became a state. Ken Gargett shares here why he thinks the bourbon from this American distillery is so special.
For those looking for the rare, thrilling, exciting one-offs and perhaps wildly expensive cigars, I am afraid that this time we must disappoint. Partagás Serie D No.4, which tends to be known simply as the D4, is a cigar that almost all serious cigar lovers will have enjoyed. And here Ken Gargett provides some history and of course his tasting notes on the cigar.
The Cohiba Maduro 5 consists of three cigars – all using maduro leaf as wrapper, which gives the cigars a much darker, almost chocolaty appearance. These are upper leaves that, as all do, have been through fermentation but have seen five years ageing, more than twice the norm. And that’s only part of why Ken Gargett thinks these Cuban cigars are so special.
Chopard is a perennial favorite of the rich and famous in cinema, fashion, and red-carpet events. But Elizabeth Doerr has never seen watches and jewelry by this Geneva maker of the extraordinary take on such a starring role in a movie as Chopard does in the musical Elton John biopic ‘Rocketman.’ Here she shares a few of the horological stars of the highly recommended film.
The buyer of this unique-piece Kari Voutilainen Masterpiece Chronograph II was inspired by the look of the F.P. Journe “Black Label” Chronomètre Souverain already in his collection. And GaryG finally gets it into his light tent, sharing not only what he thinks, but also what he sees behind his lens.
For a watch guy that loves mechanics, but can appreciate precious stones, there was a standout at Baselworld 2019: the Graff GyroGraff, which Joshua Munchow found both a very respectable mechanical marvel and also a canvas upon which Graff can create its gemstone magic. Here’s a commented overview of the line.
The belle of the ball at the Julien’s Auctions sale of Burt Reynolds’ belongings will undoubtedly be the last Pontiac Trans Am that the actor personally owned. But there are also a few watches that might interest, including a Panerai Luminor Marina.