A 2000-Year-Old Brass Computer

In a 2000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera, scientists discovered the oldest known example of a computer—a complex, computational device that predicted astrological events along a calendar year. This ancient hybrid clock/calculator, known as the Antikythera mechanism, featured brass gears and dials built from mathematical ratios. While discovered 115 years ago, it wasn’t until 1959 that Princeton science historian Derek J. …

Montblanc’s New Bronze 1858 Collection Watches

Vintage-inspired timepieces employing the metal for the first time in the brand's history

Beyond the vintage aesthetics of Montblanc‘s new bronze 1858 Collection pieces, two related attributes shine: the visual warmth of the metal, both dressy and casual, and an understanding that with age these watches will acquire their own unique patina. Bronze has found success across a few watch brands of late, but Montblanc hit a sweet spot here with these three additions. The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph …

Mini Poop Emoji Sculpture

Immortalizing the cultural phenomenon for generations to come, Matthew LaPenta is casting it in bronze

Along with the upside-down smiley face, side eye and praying hands, the poop emoji must be toward the top of the most-used and most-loved list. Recognizing the phenomenon that is this new language—and the significance of the cheerfully smiling feces—LA-based artist Matthew LaPenta wants to immortalize it in bronze. Showing a version of the sculpture at Scope Art Fair Miami Beach late last year, the …