Chills in Chile

The recent cold snap in Santiago was quickly snuffed out by blazing heat, reminding us that being near a western-facing window from 5pm to 8pm is like stepping into an inferno. But in a few months, as this inferno fades into memory, we will be in the midst of winter that on paper should not feel as miserable as it is. Continue reading

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Chilean Scandinavia

Boris Ivelic, Embarcacion Amereida (2005)

Boris Ivelic, Embarcacion Amereida (2005)

“The southward archipelagic extension of [forest Chile] from Chiloé island to Cape Horn is an almost uninhabited wilderness of channels, islands, rocks, glaciers, and ice sheets. The forest deteriorates in quality and the resources of both the islands and the Andean mainland area appear to be minimal.” You could forgive Gilbert J. Butland for his limp assessment of Southern Chile in his 1951 text, Chile—An Outline of its Geography, Economics, and Politics. As the end of the terrestrial world Patagonia always seems to get the shaft in histories that are told north to south. But in the great twentieth-century tradition of changing South America’s orientation, Boris Ivelic presents another view of the continent. Continue reading

Bici en Bs As

Though I am a Monocle loyalist I am often stung by their snubbing of Latin America. A courtesy article on Brazil every now and then doesn’t quite make up for leaving the rest of us out. But it seems like the tides are turning with their recent podcast, “Best Bike Shops.” Sandwiched between Zürich and Toronto is Buenos Aires, home of Monochrome Bike Shop. True, hipsters are pretty much the same everywhere but it’s nice to imagine them speaking Spanish (or Portuguese) once in a while.

It’s also refreshing to see Toronto featured, another part of the world that is surprisingly off of Monocle’s radar. Though I get my fill with Property Virgins, it’s also nice to see Toronto’s cycling culture.

3D Kinetic Art Which Gives Time

A video titled Baselworld Watch Fair 2013 is probably nothing to write home about. And though it’s impeccably produced a report on a watch fair is exactly how you imagine it will be. However, Maximilian Büsser steals the show at 4:49 when he makes you think twice about your faithful timepiece.

Since 1970 and the invention of the quartz there is no more practical reason to have a mechanical movement. So what we do is mechanical art because we believe that the only reason there is a mechanical movement in a watch today is because it’s artistic. We deconstruct traditional watchmaking and reconstruct it into 3D kinetic art which gives time.

And all this time I could’ve been wearing something more interesting. My mind is swimming in the kinetic art-watch possibilities, not to mention the 4th dimension implications: if my kinetic watch is sitting pretty in three dimensions on my wrist what’s stopping it from transporting me into further dimensions?