When people ask what’s so special about mechanical watches, we go on about the miracle of keeping time with gears and springs, the artisanal tradition and the importance timepieces have played in great historical events. If anyone listening hasn’t walked away by then, eyes are usually glazed and the subject quickly changed. Now we can just point those people to this video.
The Watchmaker's Art
Ditch The Civic and Don Some Leather
What would a modern interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde look like? Nicholas Maggio (who we’ve already seen is pretty good at the babes, crime, cars equation) has taken a stab, and the results are about as killer as you’d expect. If you don’t hit eBay in search of a leather jacket and an E28 M5 afterwards, you might need to watch it again.
Salomon's Running TV on the Western States 100
Salomon’s Running TV reaches back to the history of the 20th Annual Western States 100 in “The Original”. The year was 1974, and the Western States (also known as The Tevis Cup) was a 100-mile endurance horse ride in Placer County, CA. Colfax-native Gordy Ainsleigh had been competing for several years. “When my horse went lame in ’73, [race organizer] Drucilla invited me to do it the next year on foot”, he says. “I said, ‘well maybe’, and I was thinking: I’ll have a better horse by then. I didn’t get around to it, so in ’74, as the spring rolled on, I ran.”
Colonoscopy of a Glacier
Due to warming climates, the Mendenhall Glacier in Alaska has retreated by more than a mile during the past few decades. As it slides along the uneven valley floor, its underside buckles into caves and irregular ice patterns. Wind and flowing water continually carve and enlarge the caves, making them a dynamic but remote tourist attraction. Recently, a Los Angeles based film crew visited the glacier and, by attaching a GoPro camera to a flyable droid, recorded the carving force of the glacial meltwater as it winds through Mendenhall’s underside.
Have you got the time?
Next time you wind and set your humble wristwatch against the time on your MacBook, remember that behind those digits are oscillations of Cesium atoms at the US Naval Observatory.
Adapting, Exploring, Living
In Endless Abilities, paraplegic Zachary Bastian and his friends travel across the country to document the stories of other physically disabled individuals who have found ways to live athletic lives in spite of their conditions. Get goosebumps; count your blessings; realize unforeseen possibilities These are this video’s gifts.
Portrait of a Surf Photographer's Life
Mickey Smith lives behind the camera, treading water and capturing extreme surfers while avoiding waves, sharks and loose surfboards. This is the story of his passionate pursuit of the perfect surfing moment.
Jungle, Coast, Cave, Reef
The story of Belize is one of layers, as evidenced by the experience of GP editor and adventurer, Jason Heaton, who explored the country’s Caribbean coastline and inland jungles, diving underwater, caving underground, and — at least for a short while — relaxing under coconut trees.
Nanometers from the future
In the past, researchers working with graphene faced incredibly high production costs — somewhere in the range of $100,000,000 per cubic centimer. The price isn’t particularly surprising, considering that the leading method involved hand-peeling layers of graphite with scotch tape and placing it on silicone wafers. In this video, Ric Kaner, a chemist at UCLA, explains how he set out to find a better production method…and ended up making a discovery that could change the way we interact with electronics.
Do You Wanna Go to the Moon?
When the doors open on the annual SIHH watch fair in Geneva, there’s a stampede of journalists to the A. Lange & Söhne booth to see what new timepiece miracles the Glashütte brand has introduced. The German brand never disappoints, and this year is no exception: the Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar Terraluna ($215,100+) is a spectacular timepiece, yet another tour de force from Glashutte. In this video Lange’s Technical Director, Anthony de Haas, explains the masterpiece.
Sculpting the Mountain
Now in its seventh season, the Salomon Freeski TV channel has covered the sport exhaustively. In “The Architect”, Vice President of Resort Design at Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners, Ryley Thiessen, explains how resort development has changed from the 1960s to today, bringing us from mom-and-pop mountains (now all but extinct) to four-season resorts in China.
How It's Made
Apple’s Mac Pro, released in the fall of last year, is the kind of provocative machine that makes even luddites turn their heads. Its design is reminiscent, in some ways, of Da Vinci’s plans for a flying machine: an impressive idea, a maelstrom of creativity, a game-changer that inspires curiosity and awe. It’s not anywhere near as ground-breaking as Leonardo’s plans — but then again, Apple is able to execute. Apple’s short film captures that execution.
Outdoor adventure in Kyrgyzstan
Combine partial nudity and breathtaking landscapes and you’ve got a recipe for a pretty good movie; throw in world-class alpinist Kyle Dempster, a bicycle and the Kyrgyzstan wilderness, well, then you get an unexpected and touching adventure film. Dempster set out in 2011 for a six-week trip in the Central Asian country, armed with a bicycle for transportation and a bag of climbing gear for soloing unclimbed alpine rock and mixed routes. The result is an award-winning film, The Road from Karakol, that’s raw, funny and insightful.
For a genre that was probably started by someone with a Handycam saying “I bet you can’t do that”, outdoor action films tend to have incredible cinematography. Teton Gravity Research has been a long-time player in the action-sports film game, and it absolutely shows in the trailer for the latest film “Way of Life”. Though the skiing in the movie from the likes of Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Tim Durtschi and Sammy Carlson among others is absolutely jaw-dropping, the helicopter-mounted tech behind the film is equally impressive.
Plunging into Parody
We laud the rise of American manufactured goods, especially the ones that speak to individualism, quality and good old fashion craftsmanship. We also love a good laugh. That’s why The Re Made American Master Plunger is 100% unclogged goodness. A Faux-artisan and video comedian who is clearly not Best Made Co’s Peter Smith-Buchanan spends three minutes and eighteen seconds focused on a corner hardware store bottom-rung toilet plunger and proceeds to extol the wonders it “unleashes”.
The Ingenieur Chronograph Silberpfeil is a direct homage to the famous Mercedes-Benz W25 Silver Arrow that dominated motorsports between the World Wars. These cars were monsters, with oversized spoked rims and massive straight-cylinder engines barely sheathed in metal. The watch’s dial sports the same circular-grained aluminum treatment as the Silver Arrows’ dashboards, and the caseback has an engraved likeness of the car itself. But enough about the watch. This year, a restored Silberpfeil took part in the famous Klausen Hill Climb race in Switzerland — and this video takes us along for the ride.
Put it back together
Andy Phelps is a born craftsman. When a tragic car wreck left him a quadriplegic — and the sole survivor of the accident — Andy found himself at a daunting crossroads. All the hours he’d spent cultivating skills like carpentry and juggling were suddenly of no use to him, but the overbearing urge to make something was undiminished. Juggle & Cut recounts Andy’s story and his discovery of film editing.
When disaster strikes on the mountain, it’s Ski Patrol that comes to save your life. In this teaser trailer for a full-length feature directed by Carson Garner, you’ll hear about the lives and work of some of the most grizzled, experienced Ski Patrol veterans at several Rocky Mountain ski resorts, as well as members of several backcountry Search and Rescue teams.
Remember buying loose-leaf paper for school? When was the last time you splurged on a 200-sheet pack of triple hole punched, horizontal line covered paper? The fact is, with the rise of hi-def displays and polished glass, paper isn’t as valued as it used to be. Still, some refuse to let go. In this video, Monocle reporter Kenji Hall visits Kakimori, a carefully curated stationary shop in Tokyo that still produces good ol’ fashioned notebooks by hand.
Heart of Gold
Bodie Stroud’s 1969 Ford Mustang is custom built with an all aluminum 494 engine, one of only ten built for Mario Andretti’s Can-Am series racecar. It’s even signed by Piedone himself, making the one-of-a-kind car even more one-of-a-kind. In this video, directed by Julian King, you can hear Stroud talk reverently about the car’s creation, and watch a piece of American history come back to life.
Ride on, Kimura
This film, directed by Danielle Levitt, paints a portrait of Shinya Kimura, a self-described motorcycle mechanic. Since 1992, Kimura has been building and racing custom bikes, first from his shop in Okazaki, Japan, and then from Azusa, California. You’ll find yourself wanting one as he describes the reason he rides: “Running with your legs has limited speed.” Right on, Kimura. Ride on.
We’ve all seen surfboards, but how many of us have seen them being made? Watch the process come alive in “Josh Oldenburg Surfboards”, a short video directed by Andrew Truong and Jeffrey Tang. It features footage from the workshop of Josh Oldenburg, a new player in San Diego’s one-off surfboard shaping scene.
Taking photos... the long way
Handling incredibly dangerous chemicals and taking a single, earth-shattering shot — as much as it sounds like a recent happening in Breaking Bad, we’re actually talking about daguerreotype. Invented in the early 1800s, the labor-intensive process laid the groundwork for modern photography. Today, artists like Dan Carillo keep the tradition alive. This short film features incredible shots of Carillo’s daguerreotype process.
The inexorable march of time has confronted us at some point or another in our lifetime. Most of us adapt, bending and conforming to change, but it takes a certain something to stand still or even wade against the current. The Magnetist by Filibuster Productions dives into the anachronistic and oftentimes solitary life of Micke, a man who manages to incorporate the digital cassette into every aspect of his day-to-day life.
Pictures and film — as much as we love them — can sometimes have a hard time expressing things: the vastness of the Grand Canyon, the height of Dikembe Mutombo and the misery of climbing mountains. Look at any picture of Sir Edmund Hillary on Everest and you’ll probably think “boy, that looks like a good time”. This short film by Arcteryx doesn’t do that.
Spinning the big ring
Inspired by the land-speed record arms race on the Bonneville salt flats that paralleled the global arms race in the 1960s, Tom Donhou decided to build a bike with no objective other than going as fast as possible. The result, captured by Spindle Productions, is a purpose-built fixed-gear bike capable of breaking 100 miles per hour on flat ground.
Nurturing Cycling in an Unlikely Place
Jonathan “Jock” Boyer was the first American to ride in the Tour de France and later left the the U.S. to create a cycling program in war-torn Rwanda. What he found there was a group of young men with incredible pasts and immense talent. Rising From Ashes follows the formation and growth of Team Rwanda all the way from an idea to a continental powerhouse.
Blue Water, White Death
The history of shark movies is littered with some good, some bad and some very ugly films. Before Sharknado, before Open Water, even before Jaws, there was Blue Water, White Death, which may just be the greatest shark movie ever made.
It's all in the hands
Though the supremely capable Nissan GT-R is a feat of automotive technology, the craftsmanship behind the monstrous VR38 twin-turbo V8 engines by the “Takumi” is nothing short of impressive. Only four men can boast this level of skill for Nissan and each one prides himself on handbuilding each heavy-breathing beast beneath the hood of the current Japanese supercar. There’s no shortage of skill or humility in these four “samurai of the streets”, and our latest Viewfinder shows you their handcraft in an age of burgeoning technology.
Trial by tire
There is something of Reza Baluchi in all runners, we suspect. The runner takes part in a battle occasionally with his fellow man, often with the elements, but always with himself. Running is a tool for self-exploration — it demands it, and the longer the distance, the deeper the journey inward.