Zenith’s Ultra-Light All-Carbon Defy Classic Wristwatch

65 grams of layered carbon fiber compose an entire watch case—and its bracelet

From its geometric, open-worked dial (which reveals the mechanisms at the heart of the watch underneath) to its sci-fi camouflage aesthetic, Zenith‘s new DEFY Classic Carbon wristwatch sets a new standard for the brand. It’s the Swiss luxury manufacture’s debut carbon watch with an integrated carbon bracelet—an attribute composed of more than 50 individual carbon fiber components itself. This means that the timepiece weighs a mere 65 grams …

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Japan’s 1,000-Year-Old Cherry Tree Blossoms Again In Japan’s Miharu (a town in the Fukushima Prefecture), a 1,000-year-old cherry tree continues to blossom. While there are no tourists flocking to see it this year, the tree—known as the Takizakura—is as glorious and mesmerizing as ever for those who live nearby. One such individual is Sidafumi Hirata, who has visited the tree since his childhood and is …

Scientist-Invented Carbon Nanostructure That’s Stronger Than Diamonds

Scientists from several institutions (including the University of California, Irvine) have conceptualized and fabricated a new class of plate-nanolattices (nanometer-sized carbon structures) that happens to be stronger than diamonds. They’ve done so through a complex 3D laser printing process referred to as “two-photon polymerization direct laser writing.” Scientists begin by focusing a laser on a drop of ultraviolet-light-sensitive liquid resin. It’s in the final material’s …