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  1. Although Marcel Bloch never learned to fly, he had a pilot’s passion for the emerging science of flight. Bloch’s first job after graduating from the École Supérieure d’Aéronautique in 1913 was to...
  2. Traveling and making art have much in common: Both require faith that you will get from one point to another, although the real pleasure often comes from connecting the dots along the way. A love of...
  3. I’ve always felt that boats represent the wishes, desires, and personalities of the people who build them and, even more so, the people who own them. The effort that goes into designing and building...
  4. Design trends, we can argue, speak to their time. In particular, the shapes of our flying machines always have reflected the moods and desires of an age. Thus the latest generation of commercial and...
  5. On A Roll From The Beginning Growing up in the 1960s in Tuscany’s Lucca valley, a center of Italy’s paper industry since the 17th century, Fabio Perini did as previous generations of his family had...
  6. Ettore Bugatti continues to be considered one of the world’s great engineering artists. His technical innovations are legendary, but above all, his automobiles were beautiful. Those that remain today...
  7. Leaving Their Mark Look closely and you will see a hunter, dressed in skins, working a ramrod down the muzzle of his flintlock. At his feet is a bird dog, and behind him are mountains and trees. This...
  8. When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect that the gun mounts to your shoulder almost of its own accord. I have handled literally thousands...
  9. When you lift a really fine firearm, it seems to float in your hands; the equilibrium is so perfect that the gun mounts to your shoulder almost of its own accord. I have handled literally thousands...
  10. Challenging the absence of soul, detail, and uniqueness in mass-produced adornments that flooded the market after the industrial revolution, Cartier returned artistic spirit to its métier by...

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