Close to 350 years ago, a Dutch inventor and scientist by the name of Christiaan Huygens observed that two pendulum clocks hanging from the same wall would synchronise their swing after a certain amount of time. And following this moment in time, the whole phenomenon has caused scientific head-scratching the world over for centuries after. However, still, after all this time, no consensus had been reached… until now.
Following centuries of reverting to analogue watch designs that worked through the flow of water to calculate passage of time, for example. Modern human civilisation was successful in eventually achieving ways and means in which a precise clock that accurately told the time could be made.
As there are so many millions of people globally who are in possession of smartphones and in particular, the iPhone from Apple, there is a question that is frequently asked, and that is; just why does the snooze function on the iPhone work on nine minute intervals?
While we are all surrounded by timepieces, large and small, of various designs, descents, and quality, have you ever stopped to ask yourself where it all began? More specifically, when the first wristwatch was ever made? If this is a question that’s been bugging you then we can help to scratch that itch!
One of the biggest watch collections on the planet, kept by a Dutch dynastic family which dates back to the 13th century, is set to go up for auction at Bonhams next month (December). Continue reading
There’s a host of things that happen when we go through that annual event of putting the clocks back. Now we’ve done it, let’s take a look at some of the more amusing things we’ve all known to happen, shall we?
September 2014, and the Apple chief designer Jony Ive made some clear and incisive remarks about his company’s debut wearable device (The Apple Watch) to declare that the Swiss watch industry was ‘in trouble’. He’s not the first to make these kinds of remarks, or statements of intent. Swiss horologists have remained defiant in previous situations of extinction, and it can be done again.
Global time will stand still today, and in doing so will delay the arrival of midnight by a second.
Watchmaker Roger Smith was the guest of honour at Birmingham City University recently, when the world tour of film The Watchmaker’s Apprentice came around to the city.