Each week our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
The Story Of Nikka – SCMP
Full disclosure – this story was probably an ad I clicked on one of my news apps on my phone, but when I see Japanese and Scotch, I tap immediately. The story tells of a man from a sake brewing family, Masataka Taketsuru, who, after studying brewing technology in Osaka, set out to Scotland to discover the secrets of making the finest whiskey. If you're like me and start to tingle when you hear every detail about the history and how exquisitely crafted products are brought into the world, go ahead and give this story a whirl. While you're at it, drop me a note in the comments to let me know what you're sipping on these days.*
–David Aujero, Associate Digital Producer
Why Do So Many Egyptian Statues Have Broken Noses? – Artsy
Until I saw this headline, I didn't realize this was a question I should have been asking all along. But once it was in my brain, I couldn't believe it hadn't appeared there sooner. I won't spoil the answer, but this story from Artsy dives deep into the role that public art played in ancient Egypt, the mystic power we sometimes ascribe to inanimate things, and how the idea of "history" itself is ever evolving.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
100 Years of Bauhaus: What Famous Logos Would Look Like In Bauhaus Style – 99designs
Famous for its minimalist designs, use of primary colors, and the marriage of form and function, Bauhaus design is very much alive today. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the team at 99designs overhauled the logos of some of the most prolific brands of the last century. Balancing color, lines, and symmetry, these reimagined logos provide a specific twist on several iconic logos. Cheers to the next 100 years of keeping it simple, colorful, and punchy.*
– Sarah Reid, Advertising Manager
Shopper In A Strange Land: Hunting For Ancient Ceramics In Taiwan – Travel + Leisure
There are points on the collecting curve when we come so close to our white whale (aka the grail), when we’re finally within striking distance and everything lines up to carry out the acquisition attack on that watch we’ve long since lusted over. And then something weird happens: We just don’t care anymore. It’s a strange phenomenon, but I think you likely know exactly what I’m talking about. If I procured the rarest watch on your short list and offered it to you at a very reasonable price, would you buy it? Sometimes it really is more about the chase, and while this old story from Travel + Leisure is about Chinese bowls, it captures the notion of a complex self-realization that you, as a watch collector, may have experienced before.*
– Cole Pennington, Editor


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