In the photos of the VC QP, you have no doubt noticed that the Leap Year is not indicated as '4' but as 'B'. This is 'B' for Bissextile. bissextile 1580s (n.); 1590s (adj.), in reference to Roman leap year, from L.L. (annus) bissextilis "leap year," lit. "the twice sixth-day," because the sixth day before the Calends of March was doubled. Just Needed to get that off my chest. G
Thank goodness you got that off your chest ;-)
03/29/2012 - 21:20
Very interesting information...I was looking at the beautiful photos you posted and was wondering what the "B" stands for. Thanks, Gary. Best, respo
Thank you Gary, I did not have all those references
03/29/2012 - 21:45
in my database, I am now complete. Many thanks and looking forward to your Olympic coverage! Best, Tim
Extremely interesting, Gary... hmmm, especially the wording provenance
03/29/2012 - 23:38
Behind the leap year ;-))))
Re: On Leap Years...
03/30/2012 - 00:19
Bissextile and Annus...those Roman's were a wild bunch. I recall the interest in the British press following QEII's declaration of 1992 as her "Annus horribilis", but until now I thought it referred to a health issue . OK, joking aside, that is a very interesting tidbit; thanks very much.
Re: On Leap Years...
03/30/2012 - 04:58
Bisextile?? I thought it was "bisexual"....especially when I saw that reference to Anus, sorry I meant Annus. Just kidding, Gary
03/30/2012 - 11:15
Apparently, I have learnt,...
03/30/2012 - 21:37
... Bisextual has appeared in the modern vocabulary to mean 'sexting' indiscriminently to either sex via your mobile device. This was a public service announcement to anyone who cared.... G
Gary get's it off his chest and causes Hamlet to splutter...
03/30/2012 - 16:56
" 2B or not 4B, that is the question!" If only I had known you had this on your chest when we met on Tuesday I could have given you something for it! It was good meeting you. Have a lovely weekend. Tony
Great to meet you, finally, Tony..
03/30/2012 - 21:39
.. I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did... A great time. Regards Gary
Thanks for the lesson Gary
04/01/2012 - 05:16
I love learning something new everyday! I'm also glad that your Perpetual worked durng leap year! (I remember you had a little concern and didn't have the watch with you on 2/29, off skiing somewhere I believe?) BR, Dan
04/01/2012 - 14:24
Yes, I was concerned since it got itself in a muddle last year... Thinking it was a Leap Year and taking in the 29th February n it's way to the 1st March. These things are not infallible. I was as you say skiing on the 'big' day, and skiing is one of the few things I won't be wearing the QP for. There are others! I had the pleasure of watching the transition from the 29th Feb to 1st March in early March. The really interesting thing, since I was doing this simultaneously with another QP (from a brand we wil not mention again here!) that the VC date clicked over within a second or 2 of the seconds hand going through 12:00. No delay at all and it surprised me greatly to see it do that. The other QP took about 2 hours to fully complete the click over. Best regards Gary