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Clickspring Chris has completed his clock

Clickspring Chris, mentioned several times previously on Metafilter (1 2 3), has posted his last clock build video. The final results are stunning. [more inside]
posted by carter on Dec 5, 2016 - 28 comments

Galactic Tick Day

September 29, 2016 is Galactic Tick Day, a celebration of our progress around the milky way.

Our planet Earth, along with the rest of the Solar System travels around the galactic center of the Milky Way Galaxy every 225 million Earth years. One centi-arcsecond of this rotation is called a Galactic Tick. A Galactic Tick happens every 633.7 days, or 1.7361 years.

Galactic Tick Day is set aside to acknowledge our Sun's motion, our progress around the home galaxy, and to celebrate humanity's knowledge of this motion.

Note: No spoons were harmed in the creation of this FPP. [more inside]
posted by Herodios on Sep 29, 2016 - 30 comments

Finally a horology post for people who like shiny things.

“Making a clock is a fascinating and satisfying experience. From the matching of the first two components, to the moment one hears the first beats of the escapement - it is as though one has created a living thing.”
Ever want to build your own clock? It might be fun, especially if you’re into home machining and are bored of small projects (like building a working steam engine). You could always buy a Clock Construction Manual by John Wilding. Or you could sit at home and watch a beautiful brass skeleton clock being made over at ClickSpring. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman on Aug 17, 2015 - 9 comments

Coordinating The World

Chief Scientist Demetrios Matsakis gives us a tour of the U.S. Naval Observatory's Time Services and explains where time comes from.
posted by gman on Mar 20, 2014 - 33 comments

A Machine that Writes in Time

"La Machine à Ecrire le Temps" from Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz took nearly a decade to develop, with more than 1,200 intricately connected components; including 84 ball bearings, 50 cams and 9 belts. It costs nearly $350,000. What does it do? It writes out the time for you.
posted by quin on Jan 10, 2013 - 34 comments

George Daniels World's Best Horologist

"When you make something as small and complex as a watch, you can't do a little and put it down and come back the next day and do a bit more. You work until you are exhausted, then pack it in for the night and start again the next day, always working to maximum capacity, or the watch wouldn't get done." [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Nov 18, 2011 - 17 comments

The watches of Philippe Dufour

PHILIPPE DUFOUR - Horlogerie compliquée
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 31, 2009 - 14 comments

Astronomic representation

The Richard Mille Planetarium-Tellurium - 10 years in the making and looking absolutely fabulous.
posted by tellurian on Aug 28, 2007 - 12 comments

New York's Official Clock Master

Marvin Schneider, New York City's Official Clock Master is responsible for keeping the giant public clocks of the five boroughs running smoothly; the beautiful photo essay with an accompanying interview is not to be missed for fans of giant gears & sprockets.
posted by jonson on Jun 10, 2007 - 18 comments

Sculptural Wooden Clocks

Timeshapes: The wooden clocks of Jim Borden. Suspended clocks. Table clocks. Wall clocks. His 30-foot clock. The clock making process. He's even listed in the Online Movement Catalog.
posted by OmieWise on Mar 29, 2007 - 11 comments

Why make it simple when it can be complicated?

JJ Casalonga's Gallery of Odd Watches contains a number of rare and esoteric designs. Some are conventional but for being nearly transparent or made of wood, while others are truly bizarre and impractical. Is this what the timecube guy wears? Don't miss the Bolshevik counter-clockwise design.
posted by Rhomboid on Oct 16, 2006 - 12 comments

Just a few art links

Claude Théberge is a Canadian artist. Watch out for the umbrellas and hats. [MI]
posted by nervousfritz on Jul 6, 2006 - 9 comments

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich has some excellent online collections related to maritime history and technology, including telescopes, marine chronometers, sundials, and a whole lot more. Some stuff I've been looking at: John Harrison's chronometers (described in Dava Sobel's book Longitude), polyhedral sundials, and pocket globes.
posted by carter on Mar 15, 2006 - 4 comments

A Watchmakers' Blog

A Master Watchmaker's Notebook. Fascinating, all of it.
posted by five fresh fish on Feb 20, 2006 - 27 comments

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