Surrey NanoSystems the inventors of Vantablack coating technology announce that they are partnering with Uhørt AS of Oslo to install the first Vantablack light absorbing ceiling in their digital colour grading facility. Uhørt are one of Scandinavia’s leading post production companies and have a reputation for delivering exceptional results through the use of innovative technologies.
Luxury watchmaker H Moser – known for occasionally baiting Apple with its Swiss Alp analog watches – has released a new dig at the tech company with a timepiece that features an infinitely spinning loading wheel, and retails at $30,800 (about £23,000 / AU$40,000).
HMoser & Cie may well be the only watchmaker with a sense of humour. When it’s not busy producing elegant dress watches with beautiful fume dials and complications, it’s making a statement with bizarre one-offs made of Swiss cheese, plants or the hallmark features of other brands’ iconic models. For last year’s April Fool’s joke, the brand revealed a concept watch you couldn’t even read the time off because everything was supposedly coated in Vantablack, one of the world’s darkest materials.
As it turns out, interest and demand for such a ridiculous concept was so overwhelming that H Moser & Cie decided to follow through on the idea – with practical revisions, of course – and it resulted in the Venturer Concept Vantablack series last year. For 2020, the collection welcomes new Venturer Vantablack Black Hands models with an even stealthier look with barely-there hands.
The watch with the darkest dial in watchmaking just got darker. Following last year’s Venturer Concept Vantablack, H. Moser & Cie. refines the watch by blackening the hands for this year’s collection. The result is just as austere and enigmatic, but perhaps even more so now. The Venturer Vantablack Black Hands is presented in two sizes – 39mm and 43mm. The smaller watch boasts a precious 18k white gold case, while the XL model is democratically encased in stainless steel.
Vantablack is a pigment that reaches a level of darkness that’s so intense, it’s kind of upsetting. It’s so black it’s like looking at a hole cut out of the universe. “Vantablack is striking when you look at it… because it [doesn’t look] like something is colored black.
A new limited-edition watch has a tourbillon swirling in what appears to be a deep, infinite black hole. But, in fact, the mesmerizing dial is covered with what the National Physical Laboratory, Britain’s measurements standards institute, has verified as the darkest material on Earth.
For this new 42mm white gold, the independent house Moser & Cie. chose materials derived from astrophysics or borrowed from the aerospace industry. Result? A Vantablack dial with no index or logo and aluminum components that showcase the tourbillon sublimating its hypnotic beauty.
The first time I heard about Vantablack was within space applications, such as telescopes, before starting to see the material popping up all over the internet for aesthetic purposes. The main uses have been around optical sensor systems, such as camera lenses and space optics. Now that the automotive industry has developed into a technology-focused sector, it’s starting to be used in lenses and radar systems that will be implemented in vehicles over the next few years as we approach the age of autonomy.