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.
How The Leica Logo Has Changed Over The Past 100 Years – PetaPixel*
The Leica logo – a tiny red dot found on cameras strung across the chests of photographers the world around. Visible from across the room, Leica owners will often find themselves giving a silent nod to their fellow comrades, relishing in a shared interest for reconnecting with the process of photography in its most pure state. Undoubtedly, part of the charm of owning and shooting with a Leica stems from the fact that the cameras have remained relatively unchanged over the last 100+ years – iconic red logo included. This clever infographic is actually an ad run by Leica back in 2011, extolling Leica's commitment to the brand's identity with the simple statement (roughly translated from German, with an American twist), "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." A visual reminder as to just one quality that has helped make Leica the icon it is today.
– Sarah Reid, Business Development Associate*
The Chicago Harp That Rules The World – ChicagoMag
The harp is a symbol of love. In the Celtic culture, it represents the bridge between the heavens and the Earth. In Iceland and Norway, the harp strings are said to form a ladder which symbolizes the ascent to the higher states of love and other pathways that lead to paradise. It is this very devotion to idealism and perfection that has kept the Lyon & Healy harp factory in Chicago abuzz since 1864. Within the walls of the historic manufacturer, 120 woodworkers, gilders, and artists handcraft what's arguably the most complex instrument in the world. Check out the article and, if you really want to get fully immersive with the harp experience, dig into the music of two of my favorite harpists: Alice Coltrane (an owner and practitioner of a Style 11 Lyon Healy harp) and Dorothy Ashby.*
– David Aujero, Video Producer
What It Was Like To Fly The SR-71 Blackbird – Popular Mechanics
If you're into planes, or more specifically the Blackbird, you’ve probably read snippets of the greatest SR-71 story ever told around the web, the speed check story. If you enjoyed it, make sure to read the whole book here. And if you're craving for even more SR-71 then head to this recent piece from Popular Mechanics, which includes a great video. I like how Adelbert "Buzz" Carpenter goes into detail so extreme that it almost feels like it should still be classified. It's hard to overstate just how cool and ahead of its time the SR-71 was and it's always a treat to learn a bit more about this amazing plane.*
– Cole Pennington, Editor
The Day The Music Burned – The New York Times
Buckle up fellow lovers of things that are original, high quality, and rare – this one's a doozy. In an almost Chernobyl-level coverup and misinformation campaign, Universal Music Group downplayed the fact that, ten years ago, a massive fire in a storage warehouse completely destroyed a truly insane number of original master recordings of some of the most important music in history. From Buddy Holly to Snoop Dogg, R.E.M. to Aretha Franklin, the masters of entire artists' discographies – and in some cases entire record labels' catalogs – went up in flames and, until now, no one was really talking about it!
– Adam Becker, Shop Associate*
The Greatest Test Driver Of All Time: Norman Dewis – Carfection
Famed Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis passed away recently and Carfection has produced a lovely documentary film on his amazing life and career. Dewis helped develop and perfect some of the most famous Jags from the company's golden years. From keeping Jaguar at the top of the speed game to helping to make the most of their factory racing efforts, Dewis was a legend for his incredible lap times and his steely demeanor, even on the limit. Godspeed, Dewis, godspeed.*
– James Stacey, Senior Writer