Friday, August 31, 2012

First Post Revisited - Where it all begins

I looked up the other day and realized that in a little over two years I had accumulated more than 1000 posts!  So it seemed as good a time as any to hop in the "way-back" machine and revisit the very first post.  You know, sort of bringing it all back home -

This post originally ran on June 29th, 2010

Courtesy of NOMOS Glashütte
Time is fleeting. To measure it is a nearly futile protest against its inevitable forward momentum. How do we measure time? The folks at Nomos have been good enough to share some images and some stories. The watch pictured above is the Nomos Tangente. I have always been obsessed by this watch. Beyond the obvious - i.e. the design, I had always found the name quite evocative - Tangente. I had always believed that the name had a design reference. As if Mies himself had lent a hand (albeit from the great beyond) in the design of this great watch. It was only many years later when traveling through Switzerland with my German speaking boss that it was explained to me. The name Tangente had nothing to do with design. In fact, the Tangente was named for the roadways that you must travel in your car on a daily basis in Germany. At first I was a bit bummed out. But then I thought about the genius of this name. I have been smiling ever since.

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