Cole Pennington

Cole Pennington
After spending half a decade exploring the far-flung corners of Asia as a travel writer, Cole returned to New York City where he’s currently enrolled at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He writes about horology, classic motoring, exploration, and aviation. You’ll find funky and chunky ‘60s divers and far out ‘70s chronos on his wrist, and a modified '74 Datsun Z-car in his garage.

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A Porsche Without a Price

This gift from Germany to America after WWII is priceless for a reason.

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MB&F Founder Maximilian Büsser Talks Design, the Industry and the Future of Watchmaking

SHIFTed spoke to Büsser about riffing off vintage American design elements in his timepieces, the state of the Swiss watch industry, and MB&F’s future projects.

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How an American Pilot Watch Made Its Way Back West on One of the Darkest Days in History

The Longines-Wittnauer Second Setting was arguably the first true pilot's watch, allowing pilots to instantly correct minor aberrations in timekeeping that can throw off navigation calculations.  The American invention also may have played an important role on one of the darkest military days in US history.

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Astronaut Mike Massimino Explains Why His Omega X-33 Was Crucial in Space

Astronaut Mike Massimino has flown two shuttle missions, STS-109 and STS-125; performed four spacewalks and even sent the first tweet ever from space. He’s now a New York Times bestselling author and mechanical engineering professor at Columbia University.

He’s also a watch enthusiast who wears his flown Omega X-33 daily.  SHIFTed had the opportunity to speak with the astronaut about the timepieces he used on the shuttle missions, NASA and Speedmasters.  


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How NASA Used the Pontiac Bonneville, the Government's Original Hot Rod Convertible

In 1963, NASA had a problem. The solution was 421 cubic inches of thunderous American muscle.

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Why Camy Was an Unsung Trendsetter Among Swiss Watchmakers

Camy watches like the Rallyking and Sevenseas hit all the right notes of cool when it comes to ‘60s and ‘70s tool watches, but they haven't managed to catch the eye of  vintage watch collectors. At this under the radar manufacturer, Raymond Weil laid the foundation for his eponymous Raymond Weil Geneve label, one of the last few family-owned Swiss watchmakers today.

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Roving Around Russia’s Siberian Altai in a Defender

For three months each year, local villagers set out to chart the unmapped muddy roads that criss-cross the rugged landscape of Siberia. 

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Why the Subaru X100 Never Left the Test Track

Alex Tremulis had an idea:  he would build a car capable of traveling 100 miles per gallon.

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This Report From the '80s Explains Why Tritium Radiation Is Trivial

 Following RedBar Group COO Kathleen McGivney's talk at The Horological Society of New York, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Radium Dials," Cole Pennington looks into the dangers of another radioactive material common in our vintage timepieces — tritium. 

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How a Rattraprante Chronograph Helped Mussolini Secretly Raid Tokyo

Had Dr. Publio Magini passed without ever uttering a word of a secret mission ordered by Mussolini himself, the details of this story would have disappeared.

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