The Bolt: Shostakovich’s controversial ballet

Dmitri Shostakovich wrote The Bolt in 1931. It was a piece of musical experimentation, a ballet of unruly satire, populated by a host of comical characters. The Bolt is based on a true story that follows the exploits of Lyonka Gulba (Gulba in Russian means idler), an indolent worker who persuades a young man to throw a bolt into the factory machinery, sabotaging the production of his workplace in revenge for being sacked. The production featured real hammers and machine-inspired... Read More

Cartier in the Twentieth Century

The first wristwatch Cartier created was in 1904, the square-shaped Santos-Dumont bracelet for the Brazilian pilot of the same name who had complained to his friend Louis Cartier, the grandson of the founder, that he couldn’t tell the time with both hands on the controls whilst flying. It was arguably the Tank prototype of 1917, however, that set a new standard in contemporary wristwatch design. Legend has it that Louis took visual inspiration from the small two-man Renault... Read More

Design review: Jaguar XE

The all-new XE is one of the most significant products launches in Jaguar’s modern-day history. Under the ownership of India’s Tata Motors, Jaguar Land Rover appears to be going from strength to strength. And much like the small Evoque at sister brand Land Rover, this orms part of the company’s quest for ‘white space’ products that have global appeal and will open the marque to a wider audience. We caught up with Wayne Burgess, Jaguar production studio director,... Read More