very modern interpretation of an old system of reading time which is the wandering hours (this existed in clocks and pocket watches starting the 17th century). The Explorateurs also has a rather modern approach in its use of cloisonné enamel dial on 2 different levels.
The Urwerk on the other hand is absolutely contemporary both in its case shape and the way of reading time with its telescopic hands and revolving hour indicating cubes.
Loungers who in 2107 would look back on our time would probably consider the Urwerk more 21st century!
the "old system of reading time which is the wandering hours (this existed in clocks and pocket watches starting the 17th century)"
Tabernacle night clock from Campani Brothers late 17thc
Anonymous, circa 1820 (scan courtesy of Antiquorum)
The "Tabernacle night clock from Campani Brothers late 17thc" is quite amazing ; how it works for the hours?
And could your explaine the differences with a regular "jumping hour"?
Jump Hour for example in the model below the hours are indicated in the small apperture at 12, the mintes are read via the black onyx triangle on the periphery, for exaple in the photo below the time is 10.55. Once the minutes triangle hand reaches 60 the hour disc "jumps" to the next hour thus its name: Jump Hour
The wanderin hours have discs with the hours inscribed on them and slowly move ("wander") accross a segment where the minutes are inscribed. For example in the photo of the Hommage aux Grands Explorateurs below you can see the hour disc is 12 and it is in between the 0 and 10 minutes indication but closer to 0 so you can guess that it is around noon (or midnight)
In tha Campani clock in my other post there is a mark on the dial for every 10 minutes, the 30 minutes being in the top center of the dial
How the hours work in the "Campani clock"?
the hour disc reaches 60 a 12 will appear in the apperture on the opposite side.
..the VC Spoutnik! I am envious of the lucky ones who will get their hands on that beautiful piece!
However, LN, if you gave me the choice between only thr Urwerk and the VC "Hommage aux Grads Explorateurs", I would have to go with the Urwerk
never saw such a beauty!!, I can hardly imagine what they can also do with this movement.....