“Watches, Stories, and Gear” is a roundup of some of our favorite watch content on Worn & Wound, great stories from around the web, and cool gear that we’ve got our eye on.
This installment of “Watches, Stories, and Gear” is brought to you by the Windup Watch Shop.
Worn & Wound
Provenance Worth Pursuing: An Heirloom Hamilton
Tomorrow is Father’s Day, so we thought it would be appropriate to bring you a story from the Worn & Wound archives about a watch that has passed down through generations. In this story from the spring of 2017, contributor Jon Gaffney tells us the story of a simpleHamilton watch that once belonged to his grandfather, that has now become a family heirloom that you simply can’t put a price tag on.
The Milky Way could have dozens of alien civilizations capable of contacting us
Many of us look up at the night sky and ponder the existence of intelligent life elsewhere in a largely abstract way. We know the universe is big, maybe life can exist elsewhere, so it’s a possibility that someone or something is out there asking the very same questions we are. This article in Popular Science takes a different approach, reporting on recent research that suggests a staggeringly specific number of civilizations that could exist right here in the Milky Way. How these scientists came to the conclusion that there could be 36 other intelligent civilizations out there is fascinating for anyone who wondered whether life on earth is completely unique, or just one or many random and lucky instances of life in a vast galaxy.
Homemade Pizza is a Perfectly Unnecessary Dad-Bonding Project
Here’s another article that’s appropriate for Father’s Day – plus it has some great pizza content. This piece covers the noble pursuit of making great pizza at home, a challenge for most of us with normal ovens that just don’t get hot enough to replicate pizza from your favorite neighborhood spot. For the author of this story, pizza making is a family affair, and pretty serious business, but the ritual and work involved in getting a satisfying at-home pie turns out to be a valuable bonding experience.
New York Times
A Portrait of America that Still Haunts, Decades Later
In their “Close Read” series, the New York Times takes a look at an important piece of art or culture and examines it in excruciating detail. This week, they tackled “Trolley – New Orleans,” the iconic photograph by Robert Frank, capturing systemic and ingrained racism in a single image that resonates to this day. You can look at the photo and immediately be impacted by it, but that impact is even greater once you really examine it, as you will in this feature, by inspecting each section of the image carefully with detailed annotations, courtesy of writer Arthur Lubow.
1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
There’s a puzzle-like quality to Radiohead’s music, specifically in the way they make and release albums (who can forget the “newspaper album” released alongside The King of Limbs?), so perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that this week saw an officially sanctioned Radiohead jigsaw puzzle show up in the W.A.S.T.E store. It’s 1000 pieces, and takes an image from the “Com Lag” EP as inspiration. This jigsaw falls into place in late August.
Anordain Model 1
Fans of Anordain’s enamel dialed watches, take note: menswear destination The Armoury is now selling a variant of the Model 1 with their own logo at 6:00. This is a really fun collaboration and is a bit of a new twist of the “double signed” watches that we occasionally see selling for mind boggling sums at auction. Also, the Armoury logo just looks great on this watch. As of this writing, three different dial colors are available: Teal, Parisian Blue, and Iron Cream.
Sashiko Parka Coat
Epaulet is currently in the midst of a fairly substantial sale that we thought we’d draw your attention to. Many items are on deep discount in their online store, particularly those that are currently off season, like their Sashiko Parka Coat. This coat has a relaxed shape for easy layering, and is made from 12oz Japanese Sashiko cotton. The drab olive green color is incredibly versatile, as well.