marți, 11 noiembrie 2014

Fascinanta poveste a celui mai complicat ceas din lume




Supercomplicația lui Henry Graves, cel mai complicat ceas realizat manual. Foto: Sotheby's
Cel mai complicat ceas din lume realizat manual, numit „Supercomplicația” lui Henry Graves, va fi scos la licitație pornind de la un preț de 9,8 milioane de lire sterline.
O „complicație” este un termen tehnic ce se referă la orice atribut al unui ceas care se adaugă funcției de bază a unui ceas, aceea de a indica ora. Iar Henry Graves Jr., un bancher american care a trăit între anii 1868 și 1953, și-a dorit mai multe „complicații” decât oricine altcineva, scrie BBC.

„Supercomplicația”, realizată de Patek Philippe în 1932, are 24 de funcții, printre care se numără un calendar perpetuu care se ajustează singur în cazul anilor bisecți, ora răsăritului și a apusului și chiar o hartă a cerului de deasupra orașului New York așa cum o vedea Graves din apartamentulu său de pe Fifth Avenue din New York. Mai mult, distanțele dintre stele sunt corect reprezentate, fiind proporționale cu distanțele reale, iar harta se rotește odată cu cerul. Ceasul are și alarmă și indică fazele Lunii.



În cartea „A Grand Complication”, autoarea Stacy Perman povestește că Henry Graves era un om „ciudat de tăcut” pentru perioada în care a trăit, precum și „un om al tihnei”. Pe-atunci, ceasornicarii trăiau o adevărată „epocă de aur”. „Până la apariția automobilului, ei erau considerați cei mai novatori producători din lume”, explică Perman.
„Supercomplicația” a apărut în urma unei competiții neoficiale dintre Henry Graves și producătorul de automobile James Packard. Ceasul acestuia din urmă avea 10 „complicații” și fusese primul ceas din lume care avusese o hartă a cerului pe cadran (o hartă a cerului de deasupra casei sale din Ohio, realizată cu 500 de stele aurii).


Graves a comandat „Supercomplicația” tocmai pentru a avea un ceas care să-l întreacă pe cel al lui Packard. A dat comanda în anul 1925 și a primit ceasul abia în 1933.
Ceasul său are 900 de piese și rămâne cel mai complicat ceas construit vreodată fără ajutoul computerelor, potrivit casei de licitații Sotheby’s. A fost întors ultima dată în anul 1969. Și încă merge.

 http://greatnews.ro/fascinanta-poveste-celui-mai-complicat-ceas-din-lume/

joi, 29 mai 2014

60 de fotografii rare





Barack Obama on his high school basketball team





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Arnold Schwarzenegger in New York for the first time in 1968





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Bill Gates' mug shot for driving without a license 1977





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Muhammad Ali talking someone out of jumping - 1981





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Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer, Ip, in Beverly Hills, CA -1958.





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Madonna, Sting and Tupac hanging out.





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Paul McCartney, John Lennon & George Harrison performing at a wedding reception, 1958.





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President FDR's funeral in 1945





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Robin Williams dressed like a cheerleader - 1980





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The original Star Wars cast seen just before filming





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Cameramen recording the lion roar for the MGM logo





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Elton John at the piano bar aboard his private plane - 1976





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Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service.





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Elijah Wood & Macaulay Culkin - 1993





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John Travolta & Olivia Newton John rehearsing for "GREASE"





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A young Osama Bin Laden with his family in Sweden during the 1970s. Bin Laden is second from the right in a green shirt and blue pants.





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Diane Keaton and Al Pacino on set for The Godfather 1972





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Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore on set of E.T





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Actors portraying President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe and their rumored affair





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Hachiko before his burial in 1935





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i.imgur.comThe Japanese dog was famous for his incredible loyalty. His owner passed away and didn't come home on his usual train one evening in 1925. Hachiko returned to the station every day and waited for him to come home for 9 years until his own death.

Steve Jobs sitting with Bill Gates discussing the future of computing in 1991.





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Adam West (Batman) & Leonard Nemoy (Spock) goof around on a drumset





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Amelia Earhart getting her last haircut - 1937





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Early drawings by Walt Disney of Mickey Mouse





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The US-built ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer) was the first computer ever made





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Marathon Runners at the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens, Greece - 1896





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The first Walmart store opened in 1962





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Fidel Castro and Malcolm X discussing politics and family - 1960





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Vladimir Putin as a teenager (2nd from the left, in a hat)





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Marilyn Monroe meets Queen Elizabeth II - 1956





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Steven Hawking with his bride, Jane Wilde





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Hilter as the best man in Joseph Goebbels wedding





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Last concert of Beatles on a London rooftop - 1969





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George Armstrong Custer and some of his fellow soldiers, during the American Civil War. [Colorized]





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Norway celebrates the first ever banana arriving in the country





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Alan Shepard, America's first man in space, puts on his Navy Mark IV spacesuit.





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Howard Carter, an English archaeologist, examining the opened sarcophagus of King Tut.





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Sean Connery as James Bond, poses with Aston Martin DB5 - 1965





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Elvis Presley during his service in the U.S. Army - 1958





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William Harley and Arthur Davidson, 1914 -- The Founders of Harley Davidson Motorcycles





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Pablo Picasso & Brigitte Bardot - 1956





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A young Bill Clinton meets John F. Kennedy





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Frank Sinatra asks Lou Gehrig for an autograph in 1939





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Steven Spielberg sits in the mechanical shark used in JAWS





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