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On a recent visit to the Valbray manufacture, which is around 45 minutes’ drive north of Geneva, I surreptitiously looked at the electrics in back of a CNC machine (as one does).

Seeing my interest, Côme de Valbray, who co-founded the brand with his wife Olga, casually mentioned that the racks of electronics contained the processing power of 350 powerful computers and that the machine drew up to 90,000 watts of power in operation: that’s equivalent to the power used by around ten homes.

To discover why modern CNC machines requirte so much processing power, click http://quillandpad.com/2015/05/02/350-processors-and-90000-watts-of-power-just-to-mill-a-curved-line-cnc-primer/.
On a recent visit to the Valbray manufacture, which is around 45 minutes' drive north of Geneva, I surreptitiously looked at the electrics in back of a CNC machine (as one does). Seeing my interest, Côme de Valbray, who co-founded the brand with his wife Olga, casually mentioned that the racks of electronics contained the processing power of 350 powerful computers and that the machine drew up to 90,000 watts of power in operation: that's equivale...
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We’ve all been there — you’ve searched under your car seat, tossed around the sofa cushions and you still can’t find your phone. If you know where your computer is, you can now ask Google to find your Android phone from your desktop. If the pesky phone is hiding nearby, Google can ring it for you — or you can see it on the map if you, say, forgot it at the bar. Just make sure you’ve got the latest version of the Google app installed on your device!
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Roger Smith holds a special place in the pantheon of independent watchmaking, both on his own merits and as the man who worked most closely with the legendary George Daniels.

From his workshop on the Isle of Man, Roger turns out a very small number of distinctive pieces each year; I’m fortunate to count among my close friends two fellows who own variants of the Roger Smith Series 2, the subject of this edition of Behind the Lens.

Click link to view more stunning images of this very special timepiece http://quillandpad.com/2015/04/10/behind-the-lens-roger-smith-series-2/ #RogerWSmith #IsleofMan #watches #wristwatch +
Roger Smith holds a special place in the pantheon of independent watchmaking, both on his own merits and as the man who worked most closely with the legendary George Daniels. From his workshop on the Isle of Man, Roger turns out a very small number of distinctive pieces each year; I’m fortunate to count among my close friends two fellows who own variants of the Roger Smith Series 2, the subject of this edition of Behind the Lens. While any ...
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In honor of the Seattle Mariners Opening Day, let's take a look at how Seattle Major League Baseball uniforms have changed over the years!
From the Seattle Pilots in 1969 to the 2015 throwback-esque colored alternate uniforms, the Seattle Major League Baseball uniforms have changed since the club started in 1977.
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Up Close With The Hajime Asaoka Tourbillon #1 (With Original Photos, Review & Price)
Designed and produced almost entirely by one man in a home workshop, the Tourbillon #1 was Hajime Asaoka's first timepiece and proof that is he one of the best emerging independent watchmakers. Hajime Asaoka is a remarkably accomplished watchmaker, despite ...
Hajime Asaoka is a remarkably accomplished watchmaker, despite having no formal training. Working from a converted apartment, he learnt the craft from books, taught himself machining and created his first watch six years ago, the Tourbillon #1 (which was also the base for his collaboration with ...
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Discover MELCHIOR – MB&F by L’Epée 1839

For the full story, click: http://mbandf.com/machines/performance-art/melchior/

Founded in 2005, MB&F is celebrating its first decade in 2015 and to commemorate this milestone, we are presenting Melchior, an impressive kinetic robot which also happens to be an impeccably finished, 480-component mechanical table clock.

Created with L’Epée 1839, Melchior is the robot buddy you would want by your side while trying to thwart Darth Vader – he’s got smart steel and brass armour, an enigmatic glint in his eyes, animated brain and muscular, articulated arms – the right one packing a rocket launcher, the left a Gatling gun.

But look again and you can see Melchior is also a majestic high-end table clock featuring jumping hours, sweeping minutes, double retrograde seconds and a 40-day power reserve - a tribute to refined, classic clock- and watchmaking.

To find out more, click: http://mbandf.com/machines/performance-art/melchior/
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Up Close With The Vacheron Constantin Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph (With Original Photos)
The most complicated wristwatch of Vacheron Constantin's offerings at SIHH 2015, the Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph is powered by a gorgeously complex split-seconds chronograph movement with a novel peripheral rotor. Vacheron Constantin ...
Vacheron Constantin introduced three chronographs at SIHH 2015, all presented in the new cushion-shaped Harmony case, with the top of the line model being the Harmony Ultra-Thin Grande Complication Chronograph. It's a split seconds monopusher chronograph with a power reserve indicator, ...
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Not a bird, not a plane—the watchmaking part depicted here, known as the pallet, is an integral part of the NOMOS swing system and sets the pace for the whole watch movement. The question is: Do you know how NOMOS watchmakers affix the ruby pallet stones? 
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Which one of these amazing LEGO​ foods is your favorite?
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I have inevitably led myself to this point in which I get the chance to talk about something that our readers probably know I love all too well: a jump hour watch.

But not just any jump hour watch, this time it’s the four-handed +Speake-Marin Jumping Hours, a piece unique.

Click link to discover more, including live photos, http://quillandpad.com/2015/04/06/here-i-go-again-speake-marin-jumping-hours. #SpeakeMarin  
I, by way of my choices, have inevitably led myself to this point in which I get the chance to talk about something that our readers probably know I love all too well: a jump hour watch. But not just any jump hour watch, this time it’s the four-handed Speake-Marin Jumping Hours, a piece unique. You might remember that in Jump Hour: A Love Story you were given a sneak preview of the Speake-Marin Jumping Hours. Well, that also happened to be ...
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The “sandwich” dial is one of the major innovations made by Officine Panerai to meet the needs of the Royal Italian Navy in the 1930s and 1940s. With the aim of achieving unequalled luminosity, the dial was constructed with two overlapping plates, with the self-luminous paste between them. 

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With Baselworld 2015 about to begin, we thought it would be worthwhile to take a step back in time to Baselworld 1946 (though ;it wasn't even called Baselworld at that time – but you get the idea). Where did we get all these photos? eBay. Naturally. When we saw this series of photos of booths from the 1946 fair that was distributed to watch and clock retailers around the world listed on eBay, ;we knew we had to buy them to share with you. Some of...
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