Aug 30, 20165236 views

Why horology?

Humans have long been fascinated by horology, or the study of timekeeping. And it’s not just the mechanisms themselves that have captivated us—it’s the idea of measuring an intangible.
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Beyond watches themselves, what is it about horology that interests you? Why have we as humans been obsessed with the concept of time since, well, the dawn of time? Are there certain moments in horological history that you’re particularly fascinated by?
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I find the mechanisms amazing in the simplicity of the complexity. And, as an interesting juxtaposition, that an automatic watch may be the closest thing to a perpetual motion device that man has ever created.
I am intrigued by the importance we have given time as a discrete quantity. I don't think we really can treat it that way, but that is what the social norm is. For example, how much life can be lived within a unit of time? I am also intrigued as to why the ancient Sumerians decided to use the base-60 numerical system to measure time, that we still use today. I guess my interest in horology started, as a child, when I first learned about water clocks.
Watches and horology are amazing because they represent an amalgation of art, engineering, science, and the abstract. Each watch is a work of art, undoubtedly. The various styles, and artistic motifs between each watch type and manufacturer are interesting to compare. Plus, the engineering that goes into a mechanical watch just fascinates me. The fact that these collections of metal bits can tick and move at precisely defined rate is just insane. And it goes without saying that time itself, an abstract concept, can be so clearly defined and delineatedby a device that one can wear on a wrist is is it a miracle of science as well.
Flypanam
Wow! Well said.
I've always been fascinated by the scientific debate over time and its role in general relativity/physics.
https://phys.org/news/2012-04-physicists-abolish-fourth-dimension-space.html
Woow lovely watch. Wats the make bro. Please share details...
because i love hors.
I just like to watch it go 'round and 'round...
For me it's a few interrelated elements: 1. The magical aspect of time being a thing that we measure as humans in such precise terms, 2. The creativity, craftmanship and beauty of a mechanical movement, finely balanced and with the possibility of lasting for generations (there's something beautiful in that) 3. The ever increasing rapidity of change and upgrades inherent in our technologically driven society - everything is upgraded constantly. Yet a watch of 30, 50, 70, 100 years or more can maintain its functional design and its intrinsic beauty. 4. Finally it's the design - so many designs and aesthetics to admire, loathe, desire and possibly acquire. in a nutshell watches are about the human spirit and mind, our innovation and our desire for aesthetic beauty - that's also true of many tech devices but they won't sustain like a mechanical watch!
Nice watch where can I get one?
A myriad of reasons really justifies my liking and enjoying mechanical watches. Foremost however, it is the simple fact that time is fleeting. Every single second spent is one you can't get back, you can't ask, trade or borrower more. With that perpetual reminder, I am always trying to make the most of the time I have, and as I see fit. If that's spending time with family and friends, playing with my dogs, or reading a book whilst listening to music, it's managing those moments within the frame and scope of knowing that the day will eventually and absolutely come when I won't be able to.
Also, having witnessed a couple of my watches first hand being serviced and having it's parts divided up, it really is an amazing achievement to think of the skill and knowledge that goes into something like a watch or time piece. Again, it's the depth of the meaning really of trying to master something as meaningful but intangible and unconquerable as "time".
For all those with questions about the watch itself: I made a watch last year, and the movement above looks like the same movement I used.
- manual wind - hour / minute - seconds at 9 o'clock

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I used a Seagull clone of a 6497 I believe.
I will design and build my very own watch on day, my dream is to collect those tiny mechanical marvels that worth more than a super car while wearing a plaid shirt and old pair of jeans,
I think the ATMOS clock by Jaeger LeCoutre is interesting. It runs off of atmospheric changes in pressure and temperature so basically you never have to wind it or do anything and it will just run. I also enjoy watching videos from Swiss watchmaking events which showcase the best watches they can make. Some of my favourite examples are the Gyrotourbillon series from JLC and the Charming Bird watch by Jaquet Droz.
Gyrotourbillon:

Charming Bird:
For me it comes down to three things: The device itself, with it's aesthetics and functionality, the way it can compliment and accent your clothing choices; the patience, effort, and skill required to manufacture and assemble the components in a way that allows such minuscule and fragile pieces to come together into something that can last for generations, and finally, it's that reminder that we only have so much time in this world, none of us get to really choose how long. It's a reminder to live each day, and each moment to it's fullest, and never settle.
Seriously though, I need this watch. Can we please know what firm it is at least? :-)
Beautiful Watch, How can I get one?
who makes this watch?
What fascinates me is the artistry and the engineering that attempt to precisely measure and present time. As time pieces got smaller, horology also became about managing minute variations in materials and the affects of magnetism and gravity, visible only on a macro scale involving incredibly small interacting parts. Finally, it's about the presentation of engineering as art, as demonstrated in illustrated skeleton watch.
There are many aspects that interest me in addition to the mechanics of the watches. There's manufacturing - like the story of Waltham Watches and the start of the Industrial Revolution. There's design and style and what makes a watch "beautiful" to one person, or "elegant", "sporty", and what connoisseurs tend to see in high end watches that regular people don't. And I'm fascinated by how watches seem to be coveted by men but never spoken about in public. You rarely hear one man compliment another on their watch even though they're possibly dying to ask about it. And finally, there's the shifting market we're experiencing right now with watch sales dropping steadily due to adoption of smart watches and lack of interest in time pieces by younger generations who seem to feel more freedom without a constant reminder of the time, despite their slavery to their phones.
Foolth
I'm one of those guys who WILL ask about a watch. I once took a glance at a guy's wrist and asked, "Is that a Planet Ocean?" His eyes lit up and he replied "Yes!" and we talked about Omegas for 20 minutes. Guys who are horologists LOVE to talk about their watches.
I love skeleton watches!
This post started as philosophical and has taken a hard left turn onto a rather different street. A few thoughts to bring it back...
Time keeping, to me currently, is interesting as it affords the ability to fit and package everything I care to experience into given movements of the day. If I keep time, I have more time to invest in a variety of experiences, encounters and moments. If I record time spent, I then get to examine if I am investing a proportionate amount of time in the moments I care about the most, and rebalance as necessary.
This is all only currently true for me as I live on "mechanical time." I exist on a schedule aligned with others on which the greatest benefit to society and organizations can be gained. There are times of day designated for eating and for sleeping. Within this structure, we optimize for survival.
There is, however, another frame: "body time." Body time is to follow the pace and flow of what one's body and senses need in any given moment. There are no designated hours for sleeping or for eating. There is only "is the body tired now?" or "is the body hungry?" Body time is arguably the more natural of the two sets and is rarely encountered by those that operate on mechanical time save for glimpses on vacation or those that exist in particular societies.
Which form of time sounds more interesting to you and how can we adapt the two notions of time to perhaps strike a more interesting balance?
I need that watch. We need to request that as a Drop.
In a word: mortality. While time may be relative in the grand space-time scheme, every individual ticks their time by one second at a time.
Plus watches are gorgeous. ☺️
In short it is our endless pursuit of trying to control whats is beyond us. In horology we learn so as a means of finding a way to understand what is passig us by...
Who made the movement and the assembled watch?
What watch is this? It's beautiful.
Beautiful watch!
calvinmd
I must give credit where credit is due. It is Kunal's watch :)
MikeMD
can you please tell me where I can buy one, make model?
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