Antikythera mechanism in a wristwatch

Swiss luxury watch company Hublot has announced a version of the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek astronomical calculator, that is incorporated into a wristwatch. The mechanism is to be displayed at the 2012 Baselworld expo before moving to a permanent exhibit at Musée des arts et métiers in Paris.

Hublot painstakingly recreates a mysterious, 2,100-year-old clockwork relic - but why? (Thanks, Richard!)


    1. Wow!  No doubt!  Look at “February”– I am reading it as “GSVRARPSI”, which is a pretty cool name for a band, IMHO.

  1. Too cool!

    I’ve been wanting to crochet a doily based on the antikythera mechanism, but I’ve decided I need new bifocals before I can manage all those gears…

  2. The alethiometer industry has been having to do some work-arounds recently, due to the escalating price of gold.

  3. Sigma-for-E and theta-for-O substitutions bug the hell out of me. It’s not clever and Greeky; it just shows you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    1. Amen on the lame-o alphabet substitution.  Psi for a Y.  Really?

      Mechanism:  awesome.
      Orthography:  *barf*.

      1. I suppose nowadays on the internet this is considered to be an achievement. I shudder to think of the current generation raised on LOL cats, misspelled demotivational posters and L33t 5p34k, while their teachers were busy rallying to keep their meager salaries and health benefits.

  4. I wonder if there is 2100 man hours in that design, one for each year since it was built.  Even at Chinese labour prices I know I can’t afford one,,,damn.

  5. That said, it looks like the picture above is a computer rendering. The actual watch can be seen here. Note that they used Latin characters for the Latin month names (which are in Latin, e.g. Iunius, Augustus, etc.). The Greek words on the inner ring are in Greek.

    A wise decision was made between the computer rendering and construction stages….

  6. ” – but why?”

    *looks at watch* You have to ask?

    Man, that’s gorgeous. Anybody got a fortune laying around they’re not using?

  7. I hate to say it but that black detail over a plastic looking grey finish is terrible. (is that really the finished version?!)

    This would have been beautiful if it was simply made of brass/gold with steel/platinum details.

    Also, that pseudo Greek writing is the equivalent using Papyrus font on a recreation of an Egyptian relic

  8. Will the English-language people of the world please, please, please realize that the capital letter sigma is NOT an “E”. 
    Its a damn “S” for Pete’s sake…. stop trying to directly substitute Greek letters for English ones just because they “look” right.

  9. Have you noticed that a major advertiser in magazines and newspapers are watch companies. That’s a sure sign of a soft market that has to be pumped, pumped, pumped.

  10. Having an astrarium in a wristwatch would be cool, but wildly impractical. However, offer it in a spring-driven mantlepiece design? Oh lawd, yes.

    What’s that? Did someone think “orrery” just now? Because I sure did. God, how I’d love to build an orrery into the bedroom ceiling, using the ceiling fan as the sun. And in the midnight blue ceiling, tiny fiber optics would simulate the pinpoint lights of the stars. A simple arduino design could even ensure the stars fade in and out at dusk and dawn.

    Basically, don’t show me stuff like that watch. It makes me want to turn the entire house into a planetarium.

    1. That one does look pretty good. I see he used fiber optics, too. The first place I saw the starfield effect done with fiber was on a concrete countertop done by Fu-Tung Cheng. It looked incredible, so it was just a short mental leap from Cheng’s design to the bedroom ceiling. If you like the ceiling effect, check out Cheng’s work. You’ll either end up with a really wild, cool interior design or… y’know. Divorced.

  11. If you can afford it I am sure they will change the character set and words to your choosing. My oh my though, isn’t it a sight to behold? *sigh*

  12. The fake Greek is utterly retarded. If this is meant to be a sophisticated and intelligent watch, why did the designer go to such great lengths to demonstrate their illiteracy?

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