A Luxury Watch That Looks As Though It Could Hop, The HM3 Frog By MB&F.

above: The newest HM3 Frog is the Chocolate frog. Red gold with Chocolate PVD coated titanium in a limited edition of 10 pieces

MB&F presents Horological Machine N°3 Frog. Haute horlogerie is (usually) a very restrained and serious business; however one of Maximilian Büsser main goals in creating MB&F was to bring a child’s sense of awe and sense of playfulness into high-end watchmaking. There is no doubt that with the HM3 Frog, MB&F have certainly achieved that goal.

The protruding eyes of the (amphibian) frog enable it to see in many directions without having to turn its head. The bulbous domes of the HM3 Frog have the opposite, but no less important, feature of enabling the time to be easily seen from many angles without having to turn the wrist. The Frog differs substantially from HM3 in that it is the aluminum domes that rotate under the sapphire crystals in the Frog, whereas it is the hour and minute hands that rotate around their respective stationary cones on HM3.

The HM3 Frog is available in Grade 5 titanium with blued rotor, a limited edition of 10 in chocolate PVD-coated grade 5 titanium with red gold rotor, or a limited edition of 18 in black PVD-coated zirconium with purple rotor:

Rotating domes of this size and shape posed MB&F with a number of technical challenges. The hour and minute domes are machined from solid aluminium – chosen for its optimal strength to weight ratio. The domes weigh in at just over 0.5g. They are milled first from the outside and then the inside to arrive at a paper-thin wall thickness of just 0.28 mm, which reduces their energy requirements to an absolute minimum.

Even the fabrication of the semi-spherical sapphire crystal domes was incredibly demanding and only recently even possible at all. This is due to the fact that any slight imperfection in the sapphire might introduce a disconcerting magnification effect. The sapphire has to be shaped and polished to be perfectly uniform.

The Frog’s unusual method of indicating time necessitated the development of a new gear train for the HM3 engine. This was because the aluminum hour dome of the Frog rotates in 12 hours compared to the 24 hour revolution of the HM3 hour hand. And as the oversized date wheel is driven from the hours, the gearing driving the date had to be reworked as well.

The Frog may portray the time in a playful manner, but there is nothing but serious and meticulous attention to detail and care regarding the fine hand-finishing of the high-tuned engine purring within its lightweight high-tech titanium or zirconium case.

A close inspection of the case is rewarded with carefully thought out detailing including a figure 8 engraved around the domes that mirrors the form of the display back(revealing dual ceramic bearings); distinctive clover-head white gold screws; and an engraved arrow discreetly indicating the easy to read over-sized date.

above image courtesy of ablogtoread

If the viewer’s gaze manages to break away from the obiculate indications, it is likely to be arrested by the brightly-coloured 22K gold battle-axe winding rotor or the intricacies of the thoroughbred movement beneath.

the original HM3 in Grade 5 titanium with blue rotor:

The limited edition of 18 in black PVD-coated zirconium with purple rotor:

a limited edition of 10 in chocolate PVD-coated grade 5 titanium with red gold rotor

Grade 5 titanium/blue 22K gold rotor; limited edition of 10 chocolate titanium/22K red gold rotor; limited edition of 18 black zirconium/purple 22k gold rotor
 Screwed-down crown. 
 Dimensions (exclusive of crown and lugs) 47mm x 50mm x 16mm
. Number of case components = 53.

Three-dimensional horological engine designed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht/Agenhor
. Powered by a Girard-Perregaux base. 
Balance oscillating at 28,800 bph
 22K gold battle-axe shaped ‘mystery’ automatic winding rotor. 
Hour and minutes information transmitted via ceramic ball bearings to rotating domes. 
Number of jewels 36 (all functional)
. Number of components = 304.

Hour and day/night indicator on one dome (aluminium dome rotating in 12 hours). 
Minutes on second dome (aluminium dome rotating in 60 minutes)
. Date around the movement.

Rotating aluminium domes, stationary hands
Sapphire crystals
Domes and both display backs with anti-reflective treatment on both faces
. Domes for indications in aluminium, 0.58g

Price ranges from $82,000 to $100,000 USD

And you gotta love the Horolobot!:

all images and information courtesy of MB&F

Visit MB&F for more information

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Lucian Freud Remembered. Images of (and links to) his Astounding Work.

above: Lucian Freud self-portrait (one of many), Reflection, 2005

British realist, figurative and portrait painter Lucian Freud, who was one of the greatest artists of our time, passed away at the age of 88 on July 20th. Read more

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Cutest Smoke Detector Ever. The Chick-A-Dee Chirps You To Safety.

Smoke alarms, which are traditionally functional rather than decorative, are a vital tool to help protect your home and your loved ones. That’s why the Dutch Association of Insurers held a competition to design fire prevention solutions, with entries from students taking various design courses in the Netherlands.

The Chick-a-Dee® by Louise van der Veld was the winning entry. The Chick-a-Dee is a well-designed smoke alarm in the shape of a bird.

The bird is perched on a branch, which also serves as a mounting system. The Chick-a-Dee ® comes in 5 color variations and can easily be fitted to the ceiling.

The Chick-a-Dee design is based on the clip-on birds one often sees as decorations on Christmas trees. The designer chose this shape because birds have always been known for their warning calls. It is a well-known fact that that birds warn each other of danger by calling loudly. In the previous century, miners used to take canaries in small cages with them into the mine, because these birds are sensitive to poisonous gases such as carbon monoxide. These gases are both colourless and odourless and can hardly be sensed by man. As soon as the canaries showed even the slightest sign of distress (by no longer singing and chirping) it was a clear signal to evacuate the mine as quickly as possible. The bird’s presence gave the miners both a secure and pleasant feeling.

The Chick-a-Dee ® takes its name and appearance from the American Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapilla). This name is a tribute to its warning call, the phonetic Chickadee sound. At the smallest threat, the bird calls chick-a-dee-dee, and in more serious circumstances, the call becomes a loud dee-dee-dee sound. As soon as smoke is detected a 85 db alarm signal is activated. The alarm signals that the battery is dead by playing by playing the alarm signal. Under normal conditions, a control light flashes once a minute. The Chick-a-Dee can be tested by pressing the test button. The batteries are easy to replace.

The Chick-a-Dee smoke detector was specially designed for the Baby and Kids market. The Chick-a-Dee smoke detector is equipped with a 1.5 year battery lifetime and a three-year warranty. Dimensions: length 17 cm, width 17 cm, height 12 cm

images and product description courtesy of Chick-A-Dee and The Initiator and Company

Buy it here

Or buy it directly from Chick-a-Dee in various colors here.

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Oreo Cream Centers Carved Into Cameos. Don’t Dunk These In Milk!

oreo cookie art

Artist Judith G. Klausner is a Somerville MA artist, who in her own words, has with a love for small, intricate, and overlooked things. Her “embroidered toast” was featured on many blogs and sites last year, but she’s really outdone herself with her latest series of carved Oreo cookie cream centers. Read more

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Shake, Shake, Shake. Dogs In Motion Caught by Pet Photographer Carli Davidson.

dogs in motion by carli davidson

Pet photographer Carli Davidson of Portland, Oregon will take portraits of you and your pet, be it a dog, cat, goat or even an armadillo. Like many pet photographers, she will shoot them with and without their owners and is more than capable of capturing the special bond between human and animal. While the portraits are nice, it’s her series “Shake” that’s really worth sharing. Read more

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Pennwick Adds A Sexy Italian Sport Car To Their Luxury & Custom Golf Carts.

Pennwick custom golf carts

For some people, a plain ol’ golf cart just won’t do. For those, there’s Pennwick Golf carts. Built on actual club car chassis, their custom luxury carts have exotic sculpted fiberglass bodies in the shape of various high end automobiles, retro style cars and most recently, an Italian sports car.

Pennwick Custom Golf Carts

Pennwick custom golf carts
above: Pennwick’s newest addition to their line of luxury and custom golf carts

Loaded with standard features like headlights, tail lights, turn signals, side mirrors, electric horns, a 48 volt charging system and battery charge and hour meters, the cars reach a speed of 20 mph and can be customized to include such options as a 6-Passenger Upgrade, 15″ Rims, a hard top, gas-powered chassis, leather seats, chrome tilt steering column, stereo package and a golf bag holder.

Their newest model is a fiery red sports car that resembles a Ferrari Enzo:
Ferrari enzo golf cart by Pennwick
Ferrari enzo golf cart by Pennwick
Ferrari enzo golf cart by Pennwick
Ferrari enzo golf cart by Pennwick

Other models include The Brooklyn, with a base price of $16500:
The Brooklyn golf cart
The Brooklyn golf cart
The Brooklyn golf cart

The Smoothster – with its retro styling and jump seat, has a base price of $15500:
The Smoothster golf cart
The Smoothster golf cart
The Smoothster golf cart

The Shadow, a nod to the stately Rolls Royce, has a base price of $16900:
The Shadow rolls royce golf cart
The Shadow rolls royce golf cart
The Shadow rolls royce golf cart

The ’56, with a signature grill, perfectly shaped fenders and real cherry wood bed floor, has a base price of $16500:
The '56 retro truck golf cart
The '56 retro truck golf cart
The '56 retro truck golf cart
The '56 retro truck golf cart
The '56 retro truck golf cart

They will also create custom utility carts of all types for you.

About Pennwick:
Father and Son, John Southwick & John Pennington have been in the business of building the finest Luxury Golf Carts for over 6 years. Pennwick, LLC was established in March of 2009. Together they created Pennwick with the idea that they would continue with the same quality and workmanship as they had in years past, but with a greater determination to continually improve their product while bringing the latest in luxury design.

They provide the largest selection of custom golf carts, estate vehicles and electric carts in the world, with a commitment to quality and a determination to produce the most luxurious. Ideal for golf courses, private homes and estates, retirement communities, hotels and resorts, their carts are perfect for all occasions.

Their luxury carts and electric vehicles are built on Club Car Chassis with quality fiberglass bodies, OEM paint, marine grade upholstery, working headlights, tail lights, turn signals and hazards.

Pennwick, LLC
457 W 410 S 
Springville, Utah 84663 

To learn more and to purchase, visit Pennwick

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A Look At Carmageddon – 20 Awesome Photos.

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The Los Angeles Times has done a great job of keeping us Los Angelenos up to date on the dreaded “Carmageddon” (also referred to at Carpocalypse and Autopalypse) with photos and updates by many of their staff members. Read more

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A Hip Eco-Friendly Hammock For Dogs (or cats) From Pet Lounge Studios.

Well, since I blogged about a hammock for cats awhile back (shown below) , it’s only fair that I give equal press to this one for dogs (although cats can use it, too).

above: the Cat Hammock Coffee Table Combo

The Bambu Pet Hammock (patented) by Corey Drew, designer and founder of Pet Lounge Studios, is an eco-friendly pet bed made with an exotic strand bamboo material, which has the look of a cross between teak and rich mahogany.

The sling-like cushion is secured with stainless steel anchors and carabineers. One of the additional bonuses of the stretched cushion is that it will help relieve the pressure points often associated with arthritis in pets.

The washable cushion is made with upholstery grade ultra-suede and is also reversible. The supporting canvas has minimal stretch and is designed for pets up to 30lbs in weight.

Frame: 34″L x 25″W x 8″H
Cushion: 27″L x 21″W x 1″H

Pet Lounge Studios is using the Kickstarter forum as a way to launch the Bambu Pet Hammock and an elevated diner they also make at a special price.

Bambu Hammock Retail Price: $169.99 plus shipping
Kickstarter Price: $125.00 plus free shipping
(within the Continential United States)

Bambu Diner Retail Price: $99.99 plus shipping
Kickstarter Price: $65.00 plus free shipping
(within the Continential United States)

Bambu Hammock and Diner Retail Price: $249.98 plus shipping
Kickstarter Price: $190.00 plus free shipping
(within the Continential United States)

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Nina Levy Related Forms: More Creepiness at the Salamatina Gallery [UPDATED]

Nina Levy Related Forms
above: Nina Levy, Boy With Eyes, 2011

Artist Nina Levy’s  “Related Forms” at the Salamantina Gallery in New York is her first exhibition in New York in five years. The exhibit featured two new sculptures, a new series of photographs, and a selection of Levy’s work from the last ten years. Read more

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