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…The De Grisogono Meccanico DG is amazing?

De Grisogono Meccanico DG

The De Grisogono Meccanico DG is possibly the coolest watch I’ve ever seen.

Scratch that; The De Grisogono Meccanico DG is the coolest watch I’ve ever seen.

Why?

Because it’s “the first all mechanical watch with a digital display integrated into it”.

Let me repeat: An all mechanical watch with a digital display. No LEDs. No digital parts. Just 651 of the smallest watch pieces imaginable working together to make magic happen.

Sink in yet?

Basically, the DG 042 De Grisgono manual movement that powers the watch uses some sort of half magic half mystery potion to make the numbers at the bottom change every minute, and in doing so, causes shock and awe inside of anyone that sees it.

It’s either that, or they figured out how to shrink little elves and keep them alive inside of the watch, but I prefer to believe the former.

According to the press release:

    The mechanically operated digital display of the second timezone shows tens of hours, single hours, tens of minutes and single minutes, all displayed by mobile microsegments driven by an assemblage of 23 cams connected to a set of gears and a triggering and synchronization system. The time information is displayed by an array of 23 horizontally and vertically positioned microsegments. Vertical segments are 9 mm high and weigh at most 25 milligrams while the horizontal segments measure 2.90 mm in length and weigh only 10 milligrams. The segments have four faces: two opposing visible faces fitted with colored strips and two opposing unmarked faces. Time changes are effected by 90° rotations of the required segment or segments. Involving one to twelve segments, time changes are lightning fast.

Only 177 of this super limited edition will be made available in either red gold, titanium and gold, titanium and platinum, or titanium and rubber, and if you have to ask, you can’t afford it. (But believe me, with a watch like this, most people will have to ask!)

[De Grisogono]

[Via: Sybaries]

…It’s Things Thursday: Casio G-Shock?

Casio G-Shock

Despite (or perhaps because of) their ‘80s/retro style and unique look and functionality, Casio’s G-Shock watches continue to be popular among the hip and trendy.

Their latest series of limited edition watches, the G5500C series (aka Vivid Colors), features a unique solar technology which “combines a super sensitive solar panel with a high capacity rechargeable battery to power high-load functions”.

The solar technology also powers an auto light that illuminates the display automatically when the watch is angled towards the face (and only when available light is below a certain level).

There are three colors to choose from, and other features of the Vivid Colors series include shock resistance, 200M water resistance, World Time (48 cities), 4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm, Hourly Time Signal, Countdown timer, 1/100 Sec. Stopwatch, 12/14 Hr. Format, Battery Level Indicator, Power Save Function Tone and Button Tone Operation On/Off.

Get yours online and nationwide for just $120.

[Casio – G-Shock]

…Johnny Lee loves his Wii?

Johnny Lee is a Wiimote Magician.

By using the Wiimote/Sensor Bar combination (only reversed) with a specially designed program that he created, Johnny has turned the Wii a low cost Virtual Reality display that even looks believable on YouTube.

Could this be the future of gaming? (I hope so.)

[Johnny Lee]

…Blair’s 16 Million is hot?

Blair’s 16 MillionWhy would a hot sauce need a disclaimer?

Because when it’s Blair’s 16 Million Reserve, a pharmaceutical grade vial filled with pure capsaicin crystal, even a little bit is enough to kill.

Literally.

When Blair sells it, he specifically states: “Blair’s 16 Million is not a sauce or an ingredient. This product is made available for experimental/display purposes only”.

So why all the fuss?

Because Blair’s 16 Million gets its name from its Scoville rating of 16 Million on the Scoville scale. (A measure of hotness.)

How hot is 16 Million?

Well, typical Tabasco sauces have a rating of 2,500-5,000; typical cayenne peppers have a rating of 30,000; and the famed habanero peppers have a rating of 100,000-350,000. Even US pepper spray only manages to reach a rating of 2,000,000-5,300,000.

As you can imagine, a sauce with a rating three times as high as pepper spray is going to pack quite a punch.

Wonder what it does to food?

The brave reviewers over at the Hot Sauce Blog put a single spec into a pot of tomato soup, and had to throw the entire thing away. And these guys review hot sauce for a living!

Ready to try some?

Too bad, because all 999 bottles have already been spoken for.

Don’t worry through, I’m sure some poor soul with a burned tongue and a light wallet will put one up on eBay soon enough, and then it will be time for your famous chili to kick it up a few notches.

Just be sure to bring plenty of milk.

And a release form.

[Extreme Food – Blair’s 16 Million]

[Hot Sauce Blog – Blair’s 16 Million]

[Wikipedia – Scoville Scale]

…Mac menubars can display the date?

Mac Menu Bar

With a bit of clever menu manipulation, you can finally force your Mac to show the date in your menubar using System Preferences.

  1. In System Preferences, open International and go to the Formats tab.
  2. Next to Dates, click the Customize button. Arrange your date in the format you want to appear on your menubar. Use the down arrows on each element to choose between formats. (January, Jan, 01, 1, etc.)
  3. Now, select the entire date format and copy it to your clipboard (Cmd+A, Cmd+C). Hit OK.
  4. Hit the Customize button next to Times. Choose the “Medium” format.
  5. Paste the date format on your clipboard next to the time format, and hit OK. You’re done!

It’s not exactly easy, but it works, so there’s now no excuse for not knowing the date.

[Via: Lifehacker]