Swiss ingenuity

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Watchmaking is a beautiful blend of technical mastery and poetry. Watchmakers are often considered as artists and from their ingenuity comes marvelous creations that keep your time. Some of the watches can do much more. What we usually call complications, bring an added value to the measure of time. This month, our watch blog decided to talk about a very interesting and one of the oldest complications in watch-making: the Moon Phases. Moon Phases and the measurement of life The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face…

Switzerland reaches the stars with Victorinox.

Switzerland reaches the stars with Victorinox.

While Switzerland welcomes the entire world at Baselworld 2014, something else has happened. In deed Switzerland was targeting the stars with its best ambassador: The Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox. Samuel Hess, sponsored by Victorinox in Switzerland launched a weather-balloon at 30’000 m of altitude and on board: the little red Swiss Army Knife by Victorinox. The images are breath-taking and remind us another Stratosphere project. Here is the video: The weather-balloon was launched nearby Winterthur in Switzerland. The ballon went up and up to the stratosphere and at 30’000m it bursted. And it was amazing to see the fall. The video was recorded thanks to a small GoPro Hero 3+ with a GPS tracker that would send every 10 minutes a SMS to the mobile phone. Victorinox will always your best companion for everything. For years, Victorinox is an official supplier of Nasa as part of the official standard…