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Ignatz Flying Pendulum Clocks of 1883 and 1965 - Powered by a Tetherball Escapement


Watch the video above to see the unusual way this watch powers itself (or this->link)


The original flying pendulum clock (shown above) was invented, and patented, by Christian Clausen of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1883. Clausen described it as "the craziest clock in the world" due to the motion of the tetherball style escapement with a ball and string. It was originally sold by the New Haven Clock Company (under the Jerome & Co. name) for about a year (1884-1885). It is reported that these clocks were sold to Jewelry stores to display in their windows to attract the attention of passing shoppers.

It got the name "Ignatz" from Dr. Rowell (a noted clock collector) in 1935. Dr. Rowell felt this clock had the personality of Ignatz, the mouse in the old Krazy Kat comic strip. The name stuck as it is still called this today. The original New Haven Flying Pendulum clocks are quite rare. This reproduction was manufactured by the Horolovar Company between 1965 and 1975. The movement was made in Germany and was cased at Horolovar in Bronxville, NY.

Shots of the Horolvar reproductions of 1965-1975
(some of these can be found online for around $200-300)

The tetherball escapement




Videos of other flying pendulum clocks (above; an Italian reproduction - below; a homemade wood clock)



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Blonder Slide Rule Wall Clock - Math Chic!

An interesting wall clock prototype inspired by a slide rule. Hours and minutes on separate rulers, meet at a central slider with retrograde motion for each cycle. Mockup shown constructed from foam core and powered by LEGO Mindstorms.

I previously featured inventor Greg Blonder and his seriously ambitious 1,000 year forest clock concept, the TiWalkMe (seen->here). The Watchismo Times is proud to be the first showcasing his latest timepiece project, the Slide Rule Wall Clock - on a much smaller scale than a entire forest but still very original.


Video-->Link

LEGO Mindstorms mock-up motor



Slide Rule Clock renderings


Ripe for production...you saw it here first. Plus, if it's produced, Greg has promised me one! Stainless version please...

Greg Blonder's Slide Rule Clock mock-up page-->Link Rendering page-->Link

[Each scale is 2"x18"]
[DC powered]
[Invisible wiring to wall plug]
[Silent]
[Press corners of runner to set time, Hours and Minutes, up and down]
[Red hairline bisecting slider]



graphic animation of the Slide Rule clock in motion

Blonder, inventor, physicist, entrepreneur, designer and former Bell Labs chief scientist has over 70 patents under his belt, many of which can be seen at Genuine Ideas and Talus Furniture. His page for the Slide Rule wall clock can be seen here.

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Protractor & Slide Rule Watches
The TiWalkMe Thousand Year Forest Clock
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Rowland Art Engineering Giant LED Clock Table

Rowland Art Engineering Giant LED Clock TableFormer aircraft toolmaker and art engineer Lee J Rowland of London has created this giant size LED wristwatch clock table with fully functioning programable touch button display (£18,500). Part of his Deja Vu series of tables seen from his website here-->Link

Rowland Art Engineering Giant LED Clock Table
via Gizmodo

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History of LED Calculator Watches
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History of Solar LED Watches
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Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonSuspended in a bubble block of Baccarat crystal and powered by temperature change, Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 mechanical clock is the work of Australian super-designer Marc Newson (known for designing the Ikepod watch and a million other sleek objects). Newson is reportedly a huge fan of the Atmos and approached the company to collaborate. The result is this eightieth anniversary Atmos.

The Atmos clocks don't need to be wound up. they get all the energy to run from small temperature changes in the encapsulated environment, and can run for years without human intervention.

Its power source is a hermetically sealed capsule containing a mixture of gas and liquid ethyl chloride, which expands into an expansion chamber as the temperature rises, compressing a spiral spring; with a fall in temperature the gas condenses and the spring slackens. This motion constantly winds the mainspring. A variation in temperature of only one degree in the range between 15 and 30 degrees Celsius is sufficient for two days' operation.

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Some cool side angles from Dje of Watchprosite

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
A variety of rare antique and vintage Atmos clocks

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonBig Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Some vintage Atmos advertising - via Atmosdam

Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
Big Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc Newson
The Atmos clock was invented by Neuchâtel engineer Jean-Léon Reutter (1899- 1971). From his youth, he wanted to produce a clock that could be wound by atmospheric fluctuations, and in 1928 he succeeded. Reutter’s patent was first licensed to a French company who exploited it until 1935. Subsequently, it was purchased by Jaeger-LeCoultre. via Antiquorum

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New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot Works

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot Works
A fantastic new collection of robot sculptures from Bennett Robot Works of Bridgehampton NY. Handbuilt by Gordon Bennett from a mixture of found objects both old and new. The parts are found in varous places including garbage dumps, basements, construction sites and garage sales.

They are inspired Norman Bel Geddes and Raymond Loewy whose visions of the "Modern Age" helped shape industrial design of the 40's and 50's. Each robot takes about a month to build, range in height from 14" to 36" (inches) and priced between $750 and $6000. Each is a unique one-of-a-kind sculpture and receives its own numbered metal tag.

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksEolin

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksLindstrom
New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksColumbia 2

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksD.C.

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot Works
Sangamo

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot Works
Monarch

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksTelechron 2

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksLambda

New Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot Works


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Clock Wise - Rare Vintage Patek Philippe Solar Clock & A Homemade Etch-A-Sketch Clock


Two 1960s Patek Philippe Solar clocks to be auctioned at the upcoming Antiquorum Important Collectors' Wristwatches, Pocket Watches and Clocks in Geneva. The full catalog here-->Link

Estimate: 3,600 USD - 5,400 USD (2,500 EUR - 3,700 EUR)
Auction-->Link

Previously auctioned 1960 Patek "Pendulette" Solar Clock
(or the "R2D2" as I like to call it)
Sold for approx $7000 in 2007->Link


From the Timezone history of the Patek light-powered clock-->Link

"By contemporary standards, the Patek light-wound clock is a technological anomaly and peculiarly primitive. It combines what were, in 1950, state-of-the-art electronics (including very expensive photoelectric cells) with a traditional Patek mechanical hand-wound movement.

To place the light-wound clock in historical perspective, 1950 was also the year that Patek introduced the Gyromax balance wheel, which at the time seemed an important development for the future of the wristwatch. It would be only two years later that Patek would introduce a "fully electronic clock, i.e. without moving parts," and still another year--1953--before Patek introduced its first automatic wristwatch. Just a year after the automatic Patek introduced the first "nuclear-powered" timepiece, "deriving its energy from a radio-active isotope." And finally, in 1958, Patek produced its first quartz-controlled clock. This is an interesting history for a company that is, today, so strongly associated with conservative and traditional mechanical wristwatches."

And now for something completely different...

Angela Yuan, a young NYC mechanical engineer has built a fun little clock from an Etch A Sketch toy. Each minute that passes, the machine tilts the toy, shakes it clean, and mechanically draws the correct time.


Video-->Link



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The Secret Life of Machines

A great episode of the late eighties BBC series "The Secret Life of Machines". This particular episode (featured in three parts below) focuses on the development and technology leading up to quartz watches but there is much much more in this show. Everything from sundials, water clocks, church clocks, mechanical pocket watches, the first wristwatches, vintage watch commercials, electric, tuning fork, solid state, LCD, LED, and the modern analog Quartz.




Part 1 --> Link (or click play above)



Part 2 --> Link (or click play above)



Part 3 --> Link (or click play above)

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via WatchesCorner


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Clockwise - Tik Tak Clock

Clockwise - Tik Tak Clock
Designed by Niels van Eijk and Miriam van der Lubbe, the Tik Tak clock explodes with every single minute represented on random lengths of powdered steel rods. The sizes of the 60 digits correspond with varying shades of stee for additional depth.

Available for £89.00 (appx. $177 USD) at Habitat UK-->Link

Clockwise - Tik Tak ClockThe original sketch for the Tik Tak Clock



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The World Clock Project

Just bumped into this by the World Clock Project, a website that displays the current time from clocks shot from around the globe & accurate to your location. They're always looking for more shots to fill the empty time-slots and anyone can contribute images (preferably) of public clocks. Submit by Flickr or email (methods described below).

The World Clock Project5:04 in the bakery - The Bakery Salt Lake City, UT

The World Clock Project4:19 am - Hooters
Somewhere on Route 5 North outside of Portland, Oregon

The World Clock Project7:20 am - Clock House - Stamford Hill

The World Clock Project11:57 am - Glockenspiel Rathaus, Germany

Why they're doing this...

"We find it intriguing to see a picture of a clock that is located thousands of miles away, but one which tells us the exact time of where we are right now. So we've set out to collect as many pictures of clocks as possible from as many different people as possible from around the world. Our goal is to gather enough pictures to account for all the minutes of the day. Upon accomplishing that, we will create a "digital picture clock" for the community."

Email your clock photos to clocks@worldclockproject.org or, if you are already a Flickr user, join us on the World Clock Project Flickr group.

See detailed instructions.

World Clock Project-->Link

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Use Your Phonograph as an Alarm Clock - Popular Science 1932

Use Your Phonograph as an Alarm Clock - Popular Science 1932
USE PHONOGRAPH AS AN ALARM CLOCK

"A novel attachment for the phonograph by which a heavy sleeper may be aroused at any hour he wishes by soft music, was recently shown in London, England. The alarm-clock device is set at the desired hour, and wound. A brake on the turntable of the phonograph is released at the set hour by a slight pull from the alarm key of the clock."


Use Your Phonograph as an Alarm Clock - Popular Science 19321932 Issue of Popular Science

Via Modern Mechanix

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Ignatz Flying Pendulum Clocks of 1883 and 1965 - Powered by a Tetherball EscapementBlonder Slide Rule Wall Clock - Math Chic!Rowland Art Engineering Giant LED Clock TableBig Changes in the Atmosphere - Jaeger LeCoultre's Atmos 561 by Marc NewsonNew Clock & Gauge Robots from Bennett Robot WorksClock Wise - Rare Vintage Patek Philippe Solar Clock & A Homemade Etch-A-Sketch ClockClockwise - Tik Tak ClockThe World Clock ProjectUse Your Phonograph as an Alarm Clock - Popular Science 1932

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