1. MEET THE WOMAN MAKING BEAUTIFUL HAND-SKETCHED ART FOR WATCH NERDS
If you spend as much as time as me surfing the net to research and look at watches, you’ve probably seen some of Julie Kraulis’ works, which are painstakingly detailed sketches of watches. Each of her art pieces takes between 200 to 280 hours to finish, and by the time she is done, she would have consumed anywhere between 30 to 50 pencils. Her work has impressed so many watch lovers that she has nearly 14,000 followers on her Instagram account. Find out how she got into drawing watches and what her grail watch is in this interview.
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2. THE SWISS MASTER WATCHMAKER RUNNING OUT OF TIME
Widely respected and revered, Philippe Dufour is often said to be the greatest watchmaker alive. When you look at his Simplicity watch, it is easy to see why. It may look minimalistic, but it possesses a wealth of small details that are sure to delight any watch lover. But I think the clearest sign that these watches are destined to be modern classics is that they often perform very well at auctions. However, despite all of Dufour’s successes, the man himself appears almost sad when he talks about his lack of a successor. Here, he talks briefly about his craft and his difficulty in finding a worthy apprentice.
3. WHY I BOUGHT IT: ROLEX SKY-DWELLER IN STAINLESS STEEL ROLESOR
It is not often that Rolex comes up with a completely new watch. The last time that they did was six years ago when they introduced the Sky-Dweller, which is an important watch for a couple of reasons. It is the most complicated modern Rolex, and it was their first all-new watch in two long decades. It goes without saying, then, that it became a highly sought after watch very quickly. Unfortunately, as is the case with many desirable Rolex models, it was only available in gold. Last year, however, Rolex finally released a model in Rolesor (white gold and steel), which immediately made it a lot more accessible.
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4. THESE PHYSICISTS WATCHED A CLOCK TICK FOR 14 YEARS STRAIGHT
You must be wondering: what kind of an experiment is this? Why would anyone want to watch a clock tick for 14 years? What would it prove? All valid questions. One of the assumptions that underpins all science is that the laws of physics are immutable—if you dropped a ball today, it will fall in the same way the next day and the day after. But what if these laws do change according to time or location, and we just don’t know it? To test this theory, a team of physicists decided to gather 12 of the most accurate clocks in the world and watched them tick to make sure that they all ticked unerringly.
5. JEAN CLAUDE BIVER: SLEEP IS LIKE DYING, SLEEP TAKES YOUR LIFE AWAY
Jean-Claude Biver is easily one of the most important figures in the watch industry, and it sometimes seems as though he has control over time itself. Just look at the number of roles he has, past to present. Not only is he the current CEO of TAG Heuer, he is also the Head of Watchmaking at LVMH. How does he do it? The answer, it turns out, is actually very simple. He doesn’t have control over time, he just sleeps very little. Find out what his other productivity tips are in this interview.