Posts tagged ‘swiss’

September 12, 2010

Tracing the Army Knife’s Swiss History

by Matt Forcey

Today, there are many all-in-one tools, but only one of them is a near-universal metaphor for versatility. And it isn’t Leatherman. In the imagination, Swiss Army Knives and their 126-year history stand alone. 

Steven Regengold, who blogs as The Gear Junkie, went to Ibach and Delemont, the two Swiss towns which still manufacture every Swiss Army tool for Victorinox and Wenger S.A., for an historical tour. It’s a great read; here are just a few highlights:

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September 8, 2010

Ultimate Steampunk Cell Phone – $275,000

by Matt Forcey

Forget digital. The future of cell phones may just be mechanical. As flat, touch screen slabs like the iPhone make our lives more virtual, a half-dozen guys from the luxury watch world are trying to drag mobile phones back onto the physical plane, in which every function would operate mechanically through human energy.

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September 7, 2010

Time Continuum: Spaceman Watches of the 1970’s

by Matt Forcey

In the late sixties Claude Lebet, owner of the Bulle, Switzerland-based watch brand Catena, asked Andre LeMarquand an architect from Neuchâtel, to create a timepiece inspired by man’s conquest of the moon and the astronauts who made it there.  Mr. Le Marquand provided him with his first wristwatch design called, what else, the “Spaceman.” 

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