While few things manage to offer charm similar to that of a vintage watch, a good old camera gets awfully close by embodying the same sort of mix of design, craftsmanship, functionality, and collectability we are used to with watches. In this thorough piece by Jack, he manages to capture the story and design of a gorgeous little camera made by Jaeger-LeCoultre in the 1930s.*
Called the Compass Camera, this lovely and compact 35mm rangefinder camera is made of machined aluminum and even offers an exposure meter. Click the link to this two-year-old post for some awesome photographs and characteristically excellent writing by Jack, but be sure to stay for the fonts, a video covering the handling of the Compass Camera, and even a selection of photographs created with the Compass Camera itself.*
Click here to read "Historical Perspectives: The Jaeger-LeCoultre Compass Camera, An Ultra-Compact 35mm Camera From The 1930s".