Professional Watches gives us a quick look into the new Victorinox Swiss Army Original timepiece, which was introduced at Baselworld 2011. Priced at $325 USD, the watch’s 40mm case is constructed with nylon fiber and features an aluminum bezel for ensured affordability. Other key details include Swiss quartz movement, a screw-in case back, luminescent hands, water-resistance to 100 meters and a matching NATO strap available in navy grey, commando black, desert beige or khaki green.
Today Apple announces the update of its MacBook Air, featuring next generation processors, high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology, a backlit keyboard and Mac OS X Lion – the world’s most advanced operating system. With up to twice the performance of the previous generation, flash storage for instant-on responsiveness, and a compact design so portable you can take it everywhere, the MacBook Air starts at $999 USD and is available online and in stores tomorrow. Further information can be found here, with some of the key highlights below.
Screen Options – MacBook Air is available in 11-inch and 13-inch models that easily slip into a briefcase, purse or bag. The MacBook Air’s durable aluminum unibody enclosure measures an incredibly thin 0.11-inches at its thinnest point and 0.68-inches at its thickest.
Flash Storage – Flash storage allows MacBook Air to turn on instantly and deliver fast data access, improved reliability and incredible energy efficiency. The 11-inch model weighs 2.38 pounds and provides up to 5 hours of battery life, while the 13-inch weighs 2.96 pounds and provides up to 7 hours of battery life.
New Processors – With the latest Intel Core i5 and Core i7 dual-core processors, the new MacBook Air is up to twice as fast as the previous generation and has all the power you need for editing photos and movies, making FaceTime® calls, playing games, and working with documents and presentations. MacBook Air also features Intel HD Graphics 3000 and offers up to 4GB of faster 1333 MHz memory.
Thunderbolt – Thunderbolt I/O technology provides expansion possibilities never before available to MacBook Air users. Through a single cable, users can connect to high performance peripherals and the new Apple Thunderbolt Display, the ultimate docking station for your Mac® notebook. Thunderbolt can easily be adapted to support legacy connections such as FireWire® and Gigabit Ethernet.
Improved Keyboard & Trackpad – MacBook Air comes with a full size backlit keyboard and an innovative glass Multi-Touch™ trackpad. Designed for comfort and ease of typing, the backlit keyboard uses a sensor to automatically detect a change in ambient lighting and adjusts the keyboard brightness for any environment. The Multi-Touch trackpad supports Lion’s new Multi-Touch gestures such as momentum scrolling, tapping or pinching your fingers to zoom in on a web page or image, and swiping left or right to turn a page or switch between full screen apps.
Mac OS X Lion – Every new MacBook Air comes with Mac OS X Lion, the eighth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system, and iLife apps for creating and sharing great photos, movies and music. Lion introduces more than 250 new features to the Mac, including Multi-Touch gestures; system-wide support for full screen apps; Mission Control, an innovative view of everything running on your Mac; the Mac App Store, the best place to find and explore great software, built right into the OS; Launchpad, a new home for all your apps; and a completely redesigned Mail app.
New from famous French fashion house Chanel comes a one-of-a-kind version of their J12 Marine watch updated in an elegant black colorway for the ONLY WATCH charity auction. Taking design cues from a slew of legendary horological inspirations, the watch is a fully functional diver, equipped with Swiss automatic movement and capable of delving up to 300 meters before succumbing to the pressure of the deep. The true beauty of this piece, however, is its luxurious styling. Complete with a sand-blasted blacked-out ceramic case, sapphire crystal, sporty rubber band and 18kt rose gold detailing, this 38mm watch is surely a statement piece. Somehow we doubt you’d use it much for diving.
MWM Graphics, aarn and Paper Fortress Films have teamed up to create this tantalizing video of one of their latest creations in the realm of robotics: a 3-axis CNC machine that follows a pre-programed tool path in order to perfectly mimic human hand pressure, creating intricate and geometrically sound vector drawings as a result of mere programming. Crazy fresh – definitely worth checking out!
For Fall/Winter 2011, Carhartt releases the “Blackbird Fly” camera in collaboration with Japanese company PowerShovel. PowerShovel was founded for one reason only: a sheer passion for analogue photography. For Carhartt, they are now producing one of their most beautiful models – the Blackbird Fly – in a distinctively Carhartt design. The Blackbird Fly is modeled after the classic twin-lens medium format Rolleiflex camera, a double-barrel 35mm film camera used by Andy Warhol and James Dean. This Carhartt version is released in a nice military green, with a casing made from high-quality plastics and features the following technical stats: Lens: f/ 33mm/photo lens, Shutter speed: 1/125, Aperture: f7 (cloudy) f11 (fine weather), Focus: visual distance estimated measurement (0.8/1.5/2/2.5/3/4/5/10/∞), Weight: body 210g/case 30g, Film type: 135 (35mm). Further information is available here.
Following their announcement of pro BMX street rider Nigel Sylvester joining Casio as an official G-Shock team rider, G-Shock unveils Nigel Sylvester’s signature timepiece: the GD100NS-7. This collaborative watch infuses Nigel’s street style with G-Shock’s toughness to compliment and withstand his riding needs. The stark white band and contrasting black face features the BMX pro’s signature emblazoned in red. Keeping true to Nigel’s need for a tough and durable watch that can also be worn as a fashion accessory, the GD100NS-7 is shock resistant and 200M water resistant. Availability starts in August 2011 through select Casio retailers, including Gshock.com. Retail is set at $110 USD.
New York retailer Tourneau is famous for having the widest selection of luxury watch brands around. From Rolex to Omega, Cartier to Audemars and more, it’s one of the most respected horological storefronts around. So, since the time came to release watches under its own brand (in the early 1900s nonetheless), it’s not surprising that Tourneau has been hitting consecutive home runs. Sleek, elegant and nicely understated, their latest Swiss-made timepiece is an all-black number featuring some sporty details, a chrome case and bright red accents. Retailing for $2,950, the watch is available now.
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Although incredibly popular and sold across the globe, Nooka is not exactly known for creating supremely wearable timepieces. Most of their products are eccentric, neon-colored or crafted out of nontraditional materials highlighted by strange and new time-telling methods. Their newest watch, the “360,” breaks that trend while still maintaining a bit of the brand’s trademark quirkiness. Featuring a subdued analog display, premium Italian leather wristband and casing available in either black or mirrored silver, the watch’s special feature is that the entire case can rotate clockwise 360 degrees. Allowing time to be told from a multitude of different angles, this unique piece lives up to everything one would expect from Nooka’s take on a more traditional and elegant watch. Available for pre-sale now for $285 USD at Nooka.
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The Only Watch auction is about as luxurious as a charity event can get, hosted every two years concurrently with the Monaco Yacht Show under the patronage of Prince Albert II in order to support research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. A four-year collaborator, venerable Swiss watchmaker Piaget has created a one-of-a-kind Altiplano Skeleton timepiece for the auction. Outfitted with an 18-karat white gold case that has undergone a sophisticated matte black PVD treatment, sapphire crystal, pink gold screws, Manufacture Piaget caliber 838P movement and a unique “sunray guilloché” motif, the 2011 Piaget Only Watch Altiplano Skeleton is certainly a show-stopping accessory. Piaget has done an excellent job in using the Only Watch Auction as an opportunity to both support a good cause and flaunt their skills in horological innovation, boasting an attractive result that is truly unique in the world.
Every Leica lens is handcrafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the craftsmanship and making of Leica lenses in the production facilities of Leica Camera AG.