On the front cover of the British Horological Journal of March 2013 we have a photograph of a very rare Breguet Sympathique clock. It was sold to a private museum on the 4th of December at Sothebys New York at $6.8m.
The Duc d’Orleans Breguet Sympathique clock of c1835 was commissioned by the Duc d’Orleans, Ferdinand-Philippe. This is the most complex clock of the Sympathique clocks created by Abraham-Louis Breguet. A Sympathique clock was a system consisting of a clock and a watch where the clock was designed to hold the watch in its cradle, adjusting and winding it automatically.
In the 142 pages of this month’s magazine Jim Amfield FBHI continues with his series on the lathe and Geoffrey Walker FBHI writes in a new series in the Horologists Toolbox about his 6 favourite tools.
Jim Amfield FBHI with the assistance of Bill Connor writes a very useful article with drawings on the construction of a motorised burnishing attachment for a lathe.
Apologies for the late publishing of this article – my magazine lay in the belly of the postal strikes for a few weeks.
All the best for 2013! The year is well on its way and the December festivities are but a distant memory. As horologists, clock and watch enthusiasts and makers we don’t mind though do we? Our passion is about observing the hands of time moving along, not so?
I came across this very interesting article on page 24 of this month’s Journal on Sculptural Horology. Herein Phil Abernethy of Ontario describes his latest creation. Do have a look at his website to see the clock in operation: www.philabernethy.com
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The sale of the late Dr George Daniels’ CBE extraordinary horological collection was highly anticipated. Sotheby’s conducted the sale on 6 November in Bond street. The image included here is on the back page of December’s Journal. It is an ebony Roman-striking bracket clock by Joseph Knibb. It sold for £1, 273,250.
The iconic Space Traveller on the Front cover sold for £1, 329,250.
If you scroll down this webpage and cast your eye to the bottom right, you’ll see the following stats of this website. We may enjoy a specialised interest but it certainly is growing!
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On that high note I wish all our readers near and far, and especially the South Africans interested in clocks and watches, whether you’re a member of the BHI or not, a very blessed Christmas 2012. May you have time to spend with your family and dearest ones.
The November issue reflects amongst others on the 31st Hong Kong Watch and Clock Fair Fair 2012.
As a parent of two young children the BURG Watch-phone (pictured) caught my eye. This Dutch designed watch/phone features a useful tracking capability to keep check on the whereabouts of your child. The ‘IT’S A PHONE’ BURG 12 watch, not pictured here, features an MP3/MP4 Player, camera with zoom and video, phone book with space for 500 contacts and many more features. Wow!
Dr. Stephan Gagneux’s Half-seconds Pendulum Clock with Automatic Winding
Of particular interest to me this month is Dr. Stephan Gagneux’s (FBHI) half-seconds clock with automatic winding on pp 450-453. Side and bottom view to the left.
He built the clock over three years.
A fascinating read from cover to cover. Allow me to focus on one little advert on page 424.
It reads “The Longcase Clock and its Case. A symposium in memory of Michael Legg, arranged by the British Museum and the Regional Furniture Society. Stephenson Theatre, British Museum, Saturday 13 October 2012, 10 am – 5 pm.”
Here the interesting questions to be discussed:
- “How did people buy a clock in the 18th century?
- Who made the case; what was the interaction between customer, clockmaker and casemaker?
- How do designs vary between regions and why?
- Did the Longcase clock have a special role in the cultural consciousness of regional communities?”
Recent research will inform these questions.
Brian Loomes HonFBHI writes a compelling article on the life of William Kipling of London. Kipling came to London as a 14-year old apprentice, married his master’s daughter, tragically survived his own son and retired a gentleman.
Another article I want to draw attention to is written by Gunter Dahndel MBHI. He discusses the amazing miniature wooden clocks and now first wristwatch by Ukranian watchmaker Valerii Danevych.
Valerii Danevych. Tourbillon egg.
Dear members, please e-mail me to firstname.lastname@example.org if you haven’t received your August issue yet.
The Hour Bell of the Palace of Westminster (Big Ben) will ring 40 times between 8:12 and 8:15 tomorrow morning 27 July to herald the start of the Olympic Games in London 2012. This will be amplified by simultaneous, nationwide bell ringing. Have a look at the linked article, you’ll also find a “London 2012 Join In mobile application” for your mobile/cell phone.
BHI Journal July 2012: I found the article of Lewis Jones et al. fascinating: “Clocks as a Learning Tool”. Have a look at page 322 for this article and also the 150 Clock – 4 years on, page 298.
In fact the entire Journal, front to back cover (showing two Breguet watches) is enough to keep one’s interest in clocks and watches aflame.
Well done to the team at Upton Hall, Newark, Nottinghamshire.
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