Last year, Casio introduced G-Shocks equipped with v4.0 Bluetooth, the first to feature two-way communication. Using the buttons on the G-Shock, you could control the volume level on an iPhone 5, for example. Now, for 2014, the G’mix Rotary Switch (shown), controls your volume with the crown instead. Pretty cool.
In New York City last week we got a hands-on look at the new 2014 Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 collection. The images include three new models (steel, rose gold and platinum) as well as one vintage Geophysic. Being that the Geophysic was originally developed for use during scientific exploration, it is fitting that the international launch of the collection took place at The Explorers Club in NYC. The exclusive membership only club is devoted to the people who risk their lives to explore the planet’s most extreme locations.
Last week, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a new collection that pays tribute to a timepiece originally produced in 1958 for scientists, explorers and adventurers — the Geophysic. The name Geophysic comes from International Geophysical Year, which was an international scientific project that lasted from July 1, 1957, to December 31, 1958. It marked the end of a long period during the Cold War when scientific interchange between East and West had been seriously interrupted.
German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashütte, recently published a short video that shows many of the processes that go into making a watch. From the person who manually finishes the ratchet and duplex wheels with Glashütte’s signature sunburst finish, to the machine that laser engraves the caseback, the video gives a good look into a brand that offers some of the most affordable manufacture made timepieces available today.
The first automatic chronograph
As you may have already read, the longstanding claim that Nicolas Rieussec invented the chronograph has recently been disproven after facts came to light that actually show Louis Moinet’s invention 5 years earlier (1816) was truly the first chronograph. Needless to say, the history of the chronograph is not a clear cut subject, and the history of the first automatic chronograph is no less confusing. In fact, it is actually even more confusing, as there are numerous companies who claim to have invented the first (self-winding) chronograph.