The Omega Seamaster Olympic Games Collection is five limited editions commemorating Omega’s 86 years as official Olympic timekeeper. The five watches — each limited to 2,032 pieces, a reference to the year 2032, in which Omega will mark 100 years as Official Olympic Timekeeper — represent the five colours of the legendary rings of the Olympic Games; straps and dial highlights are available in black, yellow, green, blue and red. The watches all have 39.5mm steel cases, with the watch’s limited edition number engraved on the side, and come mounted on micro-perforated, wrist-aerating leather straps. They will retail for $5,400 — via WatchTime
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— via Extra Fabulous Comics
If you’ve ever wondered why your cats put everything under the stove, now is your chance to find out. Don’t look under it yourself or this might happen to you — via Youtube
If you hate people and love ponies, this private Scottish island could be your perfect personal retreat. Linga is an uninhabited, 64-acre island for sale off the Shetland coast for £250,000 ($351,700).
The isle is not a cosy sort of place—averaging temperatures of around 39 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and 55 degrees Fahrenheit in summer. But it’s the region’s subarctic weather and tough terrain that helped produce the Shetland pony — via Curbed
In this episode of the adventures of Switch & Lever we’re making custom brass plaques, using reasonably simple tools, and some basic chemistry — via Youtube
Over the course of several month, Shawn James built a log cabin all by himself in the wilderness of Canada — via Youtube
Jeff Day talks with Mark Sfirri about his unique style of wood turning. Mark’s work has been featured at the Smithsonian Institute’s Renwick Gallery — via Youtube
An elegantly reimagined Colonial-style residence is on the market in Hanover, New Hampshire. Originally built in 1923, it was completely renovated in 2002 by noted architect David Sellers, who redid the interiors in the style of Arts and Crafts, rendering each space in warm, wood accents. Located at 20 Rope Ferry Road, just steps from Dartmouth College, the magazine-featured property is offered at $3.6 million — via Curbed
This is just water applied using an applicator on watercolour paper, but any cartridge paper should work fine, and coloured ink — via Youtube
BBC News reporter Alex Dunlop found himself mobbed by lemurs while trying to report on an animal count at Banham Zoo in Norfolk — via Youtube
This asymmetric modern home designed by architect Arthur Dyson in 1996 occupies 1.8 acres in Coarsegold, California, just outside Yosemite National Park. Clad in patinated copper and redwood inside out, the 2,220-square-foot residence features soaring, angled interiors that incorporate the site’s rock formations to create a truly indoor-outdoor space. (Dyson was, for a short time, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright, whose spirit is definitely felt here.) Located at 29800 Yosemite Springs Parkway in Yosemite Lakes Park, this gem is offered at $590,000 — via Curbed
We’d call this mid century modern home an instant classic — except, well, it’s always been a classic, ever since its inception in 1961. Designed by Palm Springs architectural designer Herbert Burns for Madge Phillips, the heir of Phillips Petroleum, the luxe residence screams laid-back glamour, which, given its location in the Historic Tennis Club neighbourhood, is only natural. It’s located at 310 South Patencio Road, where you can live like a minor royal for $2.35 million — via Curbed
An angular contemporary home featuring a double A-frame construction is on the market in Portola Valley, California. Originally built in 1957, it was completely remodelled and updated in 2014 by Carl Hesse of Square Three Design Studios, who designed a new structure to connect the two existing A-frames. Located at 135 Willowbrook Drive on 1.4 acres between a creek and a nature preserve, the home is offered at a hefty $6.55 million — via Curbed
For its latest Horological Machine, MB&F has once again teamed up with Stepan Sarpaneva, the independent watchmaker from Helsinki. The result is MoonMachine 2, which has an automotive-inspired case punctuated by Sarpaneva’s signature gold moons. There is one large moon (8.5mm in diameter, .45mm thick) set into the titanium winding rotor that you can see through the sapphire window on the case’s top, and two smaller moons (4.5mm in diameter, .35mm thick) utilised in the all-new moonphase display that is visible between the jumping hours and wandering minutes. The watch is available in three metal and colour combinations, each of which has its own distinctive character. Price: CHF 88,000 (both titanium editions), CHF 95,000 (red gold) Limited Edition: 12 pieces in each of the three configurations — via Hodinkee
Here’s your chance to live in a stunning work of contemporary architecture by Japanese architect Toshiko Mori, perhaps best known for her design of the Thread Artists’ Residency and Cultural Centre in Senegal.
Completed in 2007, the glass home features a minimalist design that is nonetheless striking for the way two rectangular volumes intersect, with the upper volume cantilevering perpendicularly above the lower one. Located at 90 Manitou Station Road, it’s offered at $4.95 million — via Curbed
Every hardcore band you loved in the ’80s and beyond, from Black Flag to Minutemen to Fugazi, had one unfortunate thing in common: Nazi skinheads occasionally stormed their concerts, stomped their fans, gave Hitler salutes in lieu of applauding, and generally turned a communal experience into one full of hatred and conflict. Punk rockers had flirted with fascist imagery for shock value, with the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious and Siouxsie Sioux wearing swastikas in public, but, as early San Francisco scenester Howie Klein, later president of Reprise Records, recalls:
Suddenly, you had people who were part of the scene who didn’t understand
By 1980, a more violent strain of punk fans was infecting punk shows.
Pogoing became slam-dancing, now known as moshing, and some of ’em didn’t seem like they were there to enjoy the music, as much as they were there to beat up on people — sometimes in a really chickenshit way, says Jello Biafra, whose band, Dead Kennedys, put out a classic song about it in 1981:
Nazi Punks Fuck Off — via GQ
For the first time in Saint Louis Zoo history, a cheetah has given birth to eight cheetah cubs. The cubs, three males and five females, were born at the Saint Louis Zoo River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Centre on 26 November, 2017. Mother and cubs are doing well and will remain in their private, indoor maternity den behind the scenes at River’s Edge for the next several months — via Youtube
Steve McQueen made one last effort to buy his favourite Mustang in 1977. He sent a letter, typed on a single piece of heavy off-white vellum, to the car’s owner in New Jersey. The logo for his movie company, Solar Productions, was embossed in the upper left corner and opposite that resided the date, 14 December 1977. The letter is just four sentences.
Again, it begins,
I would like to appeal to you to get back my ’68 Mustang. McQueen offered no specifics as to why this particular Ford was important to him, except to say that he wanted to keep it unrestored and that it was
simply personal with me.
McQueen’s star may have dimmed by 1977, but he remained an icon, a rare actor loved by both genders. McQueen was also one of us, an aficionado and a racer, someone who understood the instinctual joy of automobiles and motorcycles and indulged in both. And with that ’68 Mustang, McQueen gave us a gift, one of the greatest car chases ever filmed, a duel with a Dodge Charger up, down, and around San Francisco. The Bullitt chase is coveted for the usual crashes and jumps, but it had something more: Unlike most cinematic chases that feature cars performing impossible feats, the one from Bullitt was every bit as exciting, but the driving was obviously real. Those who know cars knew. It’s 10 minutes of film nirvana. McQueen wanted the Bullitt Mustang back.
The rich and famous are often allergic to the word
no, and so was McQueen. His impatience over being rebuked in his quest emerged in the last sentence: I would be happy to try to find you another Mustang similar to the one you have, he wrote,
if there is not too much monies involved in it. Otherwise, we had better forget it.
The owner was just fine with forgetting it, and then the Bullitt Mustang made an exit, stage left, from recorded history — via Hagerty
The Carré H is an usual square watch that has been a part of Hermès’ collection since 2010, when furniture designer Marc Berthier first created it for the company. It has a slightly curved profile that both helps it sit close to the wrist and balances it out visually. These two new models of the Carré H maintain the basic shape, though it’s been upsized to 38mm x 38mm (from 36.5mm x 36.5mm) and the grey and black dials feature cross hatch guilloché in the centre that plays with the light in a really interesting way. Little pops of colour on the seconds hands add some additional levity and the overall effect is at once precise and playful. Price: $7,725 — via Hodinkee
A beautifully preserved mid century modern home by William Krisel is on the market in La Jolla, California. Built in 1962, it retains all the enticing elements of the era—with a few sympathetic updates — starting with its gently sloping roof, soaring tongue-and-groove beamed ceilings, and walls of glass. It’s offered at $1.549 million — via Curbed
Initially launched in 2016, Panerai’s Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio 47mm was one of the first examples in high-end mechanical watch making of a timepiece’s case being made with a method of 3D printing called direct metal laser sintering. Two years later, Panerai is presenting a revised edition of this watch, which still offers a wide open look at its tourbillon GMT movement. The difference between the model from 2016 and the one you see here is purely aesthetic: the blue of the hands is now matched by a blue flange and blue stitching of the leather strap. Reference Number: PAM00767 Price: €139,000 — via Hodinkee
While a lot of H Moser’s new releases iterate on already well-known forms (such as the Swiss Alp Watch and the Endeavour Tourbillon), this watch brings something totally new to the table. Inside the 42mm white gold Endeavour case is an orbital time display that uses a series of three spinning hour discs integrated into the Funky Blue dial and a central minutes disc spinning over the top to the display the time. It’s a different take on the so-called
wandering hours and one that presents a bold, graphic interpretation of the complication. Price: $32,000 — via Hodinkee
Greubel Forsey’s GMT watch may have a short name, but it’s one of the most complicated watches that they make. The watch shows the time in two time zones; there’s a world time disk on the back which takes into account Daylight Saving Time in the time zones where it’s observed, and most spectacularly, there’s a 3D model of the Earth which rotates once every 24 hours. The watch has been offered in several metals and dial treatments heretofore, but the newest version is by far the most visually elaborate. The dial now has a multi-level sapphire chapter ring, and the case has been decorated with Greubel Forsey’s signature
statement of purpose engraving. The globe is now completely visible from both the dial and movement side of the watch (unlike the original GMT, in which Antarctica was not visible). This newest version will be called the GMT Earth. The added level of visual complexity really underscores the appealingly mad-scientist high mechanical flavour of Greubel Forsey watches — as well as offering further scope for displaying their mastery of traditional watch finishing techniques, which is among the best in the world. Price: CHF 610,000 — via Hodinkee
In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Feline Conservation Centre, Oakland Zoo has taken in two orphaned Mountain Lion cubs. The cubs were found separately in Orange County, two weeks apart from each other. Due to their ages and geographic proximity to each other when rescued, Oakland Zoo veterinarians will conduct DNA testing to determine if they are, in fact, siblings — via ZooBorns