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Month: July 2014

Taking flight

The Bremont Wright Flyer
The Bremont Wright Flyer

When the English brothers took to the small stage in the Science Museum’s Flight Gallery last Wednesday evening in front of an invited audience of Bremont owners, retailers, press, ‘bloggers and their staff, it was to announce, with some pride, their latest limited edition. In what has become an annual tradition, Bremont has developed a series of watches over the past three years that have incorporated historically significant items: oak and copper/brass from HMS Victory; paper from the code-breaking bombes in Bletchley; and now some of the original 1903 wing-covering material from the first ever powered flight – the Wright Flyer.

Is this the end of the Tamagotchi Gesture?

Every five or six weeks for the past year, I’ve been inserting a MetaWatch Strata into my watch-wearing rotation. This isn’t a particularly strange thing for a #watchnerd to do: we often rotate our watches, and one of mine happens to be #smart.

Microserfs
The Meta Watch Strata #smartwatch

Wearing a mechanical watch that’s been off the wrist for a few weeks is generally a simple affair, and usually requires no more than a gentle shake or a few brisk winds, a fiddle with the quickset date and the all important time check. With the Strata, it’s a little different. Although battery-driven, most smartwatches fail to hold their charge, dissipating energy over a few days to become the equivalent of wrist-mounted paperweights.

Six Small Words: Useful

Use·ful /ˈyoosfəl/ Adj. Able to be used for a practical purpose or in several ways

Most watches have but a single purpose: to tell the time. When a watchmaker adds functions to a watch, these are generally known as complications, and may include such useful features as a chronograph, date, moonphase, alarm or second time zone. Of course, time also has another use – navigation. As any seasoned traveller will understand, local time “changes” as we move east- or westwards from our point of origin. For every 15 degrees of longitude we travel, we lose or gain an hour, hence the modern world is divided into Time Zones.

Harrison’s H4 Pocket Watch (C) National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Ministry of Defence Art Collection