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.
Niki Lauda, Formula One Champion Who Pushed Limits, Dies At 70 – The New York Times
The motorsports world lost a legend this past week with the passing of the great Niki Lauda. He will be missed by many – whether those who followed his career during his time, or those who were introduced to him*when Hollywood released the now classic film Rush. Lauda embodied the never-give-up persona that captivated fans during an era of Formula One when danger was at an all time high with increased speeds and insufficient safety standards. Through adversity and sheer competitive drive, Lauda went on to win a Drivers' World Championship only one year after being involved in one of the most horrific crashes the sport had ever seen. He finished his career with three world championships as a driver, and five more championships during his time as an executive with Mercedes AMG. This weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, Formula One’s gratitude and remembrance for one of the all-time greats will be in full display. RIP Niki.
– Mo Ali, Director of Strategy
Game Of Thrones Coverage From Sarah Rense And Matt Miller – Esquire
While fantasy might not usually be my genre sweet spot, I was full-on obsessed with Game Of Thrones. And along the tumultuous path that was watching the eighth and final season of the show over the last six weeks, I was thankful to have Esquire's excellent coverage to provide me with everything from fan theories to hidden hat-tips to expressions of rage at the show's creators. Sarah Rense and Matt Miller both spilt a ton of ink on the matter, and if you're at all interested in the show and how it wrapped up, go check out what they have to say (if for no other reason than to get yourself worked up all over again). The link above will take you to all the Esquire entertainment coverage, but if you want you can also hone in on stories from Sarah or Matt individually.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Managing Editor
Mechanical Principles – Ralph Steiner
My fascination with mechanical objects has often led me deep into the "how stuff works" part of* YouTube. One of my favorite late night finds is a beautiful (and amazingly satisfying) short film from 1930 titled Mechanical Principles by Ralph Steiner. The American photographer and avant-garde filmmaker captured an assortment of interlocking gears whose movements seem at odds with reality. Square gears connect seamlessly and unexpected geometries define repetitive movements that can’t adequately be put into words. With that said, it's probably best to take a look for yourself.
– Ian Cox, Designer
All The Thoughtful Details Of The TWA Hotel –*Bloomberg
If I could have grown up in any point in history instead of the present, there are a few contenders. One of the top choices has always been the 1950's or '60s. I love mid-century design, and am fascinated with the Jet Age. Thankfully for me, the style of that era is back en vogue and things like the $265 million TWA Hotel at JFK Airport are crazy things that commercially make sense. The iconic TWA terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen, originally opened in 1962. It re-opened to the public last week as a new hotel, angling to make the airport a destination itself. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but Bloomberg was on site to capture the scenes as the space welcomed travelers for the first time in 18 years.
– Brad Slavin, Advertising Manager
'Knitting Is Coding' And Yarn Is Programmable In This Physics Lab – The New York Times
Knitting is one of those seemingly innocuous hobbies that can rapidly become an all-encompassing obsession (if you're a longtime HODINKEE habitué you probably know*exactly*what I mean. "Harmless hobby," hah.) For Dr. Elisabetta Matsumoto, mathematician, physicist, and lover of knitting since childhood, the study of knitting takes on many dimensions most of us have probably never considered. A knit piece of fabric has many "emergent properties," including its elasticity (a piece of knit fabric stretches in ways that the yarn from which it's made does not) and the patterns produced when knots are assembled into a greater whole. Putting such properties on a robust, predictive mathematical foundation could have implications not just for theoretical mathematics, but also for such applications as wearable electronics and artificial tissues. Find out more about why Matsumoto says "knitting is coding" and what goes on at a mathematician's "stitch 'n' bitch" knitting Happy Hour, at the great, grand, and groovy New York Times.
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief