2017 Jaguar XE first drive
The XE adopts Jaguar's new modular platform and becomes the only car in its segment with an aluminum-intensive monocoque -- 75 percent aluminum, the remainder is high-strength steel -- and double-wishbone front suspension. It is, promises Jaguar, the ...
January 27, 2015
Anatomy of a wristwatch: A master watchmaker explains what goes on under the ...
whose running speed is regulated by a ticking “escapement”, which ekes out the mainspring's torque tooth by tooth. We asked the watchmakers of Bond Street's Wempe emporium to talk us through the inner workings of the watch universe, piece by piece....
March 5, 2015
The oscillator that could makeover the mechanical watch
IsoSpring differs from the pendulum, the spiral-balance wheel and the tuning fork, the three oscillators used in clocks and watches. We do not appeal to high technology and our methods are accessible to 18th century engineers," points out Simon Henein....
September 18, 2014
Pleasurable Delirium: Things The Quietus Learned At Sónar 2014
As well as being the auditory equivalent of one of the sugar-boost slushy mojitos they serve at all the festival bars this year, DâM's set is also a neat insight into one characteristic binding much of the weekend's most exciting music: torque, that ...
June 20, 2014
Not much force: Researchers detect smallest force ever measured
"We applied an external force to the center-of-mass motion of an ultracold atom cloud in a high-finesse optical cavity and measured the resulting motion optically," says Dan Stamper-Kurn, a physicist who holds joint appointments with Berkeley Lab's ...
June 26, 2014
Device Can Transport Stem Cells on Planes
The device is powered by a series of constant torque springs. Each spring can drive Interestingly, the students were inspired by the design of a pendulum clock and escapement mechanism, which they studied in their freshman design class. The ...
June 27, 2014
Paul Fanlund: In the Ginsburg 'debate,' the Supreme Court reflects our toxic ...
Paul Fanlund is editor of The Capital Times. A longtime Madisonian, he was a State Journal reporter and editor before occupying a business job with Madison Newspapers for six years. He joined the Cap Times in 2006. In his weekly column, which typically ...
April 21, 2014
An aluminum-built, 3-series fighting cat for the D-segment What is it. This is the Jaguar XE , Britain’s answer to the all-conquering BMW 3-series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-class. The entry-level luxury sedan pitches Jaguar into the D-segment for the first time since the 2002-2010 X-type -- a sedan sharing DNA with millennium-era Ford Contours and Mercury Cougars, its dress sense with WW2 British fighter pilots. The XE adopts Jaguar’s new modular platform and becomes the only car in its segment with an aluminum-intensive monocoque -- 75 percent aluminum, the remainder is high-strength steel -- and double-wishbone front suspension. Of course, Ian Callum and his design team have taken care of the exterior design, the slick 0. 26 coefficient of drag makes it the most aero-efficient Jaguar ever. The headlines focus on Jaguar Land Rover’s all-new Ingenium engines. They’re high-tech, with all-aluminum construction, friction-reducing technology to cut stickiness 17 percent, variable-flow oil and water pumps and much more. Only the 2. 0-liter turbodiesels (163hp and 180hp) represent the modular Ingenium family initially. 0-liter turbocharged gas engines (200 hp and 240 hp) and the 3. 0-liter supercharged V6 (340 hp) carry over, the latter shared with the F-Type V6 S.
” But the late, great virtuoso English watchmaker George Daniels – a vintage Bentley collector himself – elevated the humble mechanical timepiece to a status outreaching even life itself. At just five years old, he prised off the back of a pocket watch with a bread knife, and “what I saw inside the case was the centre of the universe,” he recalls. The contents started at one end with the mainspring and proceeded in a circle to the inside of the case to the vibrating balance wheel. ” Herein lies the deep satisfaction of mechanical watches. Many will spend their thousands on a watch because it articulates their status or fashion sense. The appeal of a mechanical watch over a battery-powered quartz one is the fact you can have a living, breathing entity on your wrist, with a heartbeat tick-tick-ticking inside. In fact, every mechanical watch to this day is based on this same premise – a mainspring powering a precisely ratioed geartrain to which the hands are attached, whose running speed is regulated by a ticking “escapement”, which ekes out the... We asked the watchmakers of Bond Street’s Wempe emporium to talk us through the inner workings of the watch universe,.
A group of EPFL researchers has imagined a unidirectional continuous oscillator which could become a new timebase for the mechanical watch. IsoSpring, the name given to the new oscillator, was recently revealed to the public at the Journée d'Etude de la Société Suisse de Chronométrie, the annual conference of the Swiss watch industry. IsoSpring allows one to bypass the most complicated mechanism of traditional watches. the watch industry has expressed great interest in the project," says Professor Simon Henein, holder of the Patek Philippe Chair and director of Instant-Lab. IsoSpring differs from the pendulum, the spiral-balance wheel and the tuning fork, the three oscillators used in clocks and watches. It represents the first conceptual change in the mechanical watch in 200 years. 60% energy lost in traditional watches. Mechanical watches depend on a system of gears leading to the alternating oscillations of the balance wheel and the motion of the hands. The interface between these gears and the balance wheel is the escapement. Every time the balance wheel changes direction, the entire gearing mechanism starts and stops yielding the familiar ticking sound.