Simon Garfield is one of those few, happy, authors who have managed to turn their flickering curiosity into a source of income. After stints writing for the Observer, The Mail on Sunday and the Independent, he has turned his journalism into long-form investigations of, variously, the meaning of Typefaces, the significance of actual hand-written correspondence, […]

Hamilton’s new Broadway line of watches celebrates an urban aesthetic. Even in the sportiest version that I test drove (chronograph, with a tachymetre bezel), the design vocabulary — with its darker colour palette, vertical lines, and flashes of bright silver — has a cityscape of tall buildings, broad thoroughfares, and illuminated metal structures as its […]

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black is an apex diving watch. Like a sleek car-show Ferrari, it bristles with that paradox of mechanical watchmaking: technical innovation. That’s a paradox because the basic formula, car or watch, has been around for a long time and technical innovation takes the form of under-the-hood improvements or materials […]

One of the more talked-about watches at this year’s Baselworld was Bulova’s new Curv. The venerable American watchmaker refuses to follow the corporate take-over script: the one where the original company’s virtues and identity gradually fade away under the dictates of new corporate leadership. Acquired in 2007 by Citizen, the addition of Bulova made Citizen […]

We, rightly, celebrate the achievements of the space program at NASA and lionize the astronauts who spend years preparing for missions that put them at great risk. Advancing our knowledge of science and space travel, each mission adds to our understanding of where we, as a species, fit into the cosmos and of what it […]