The Horological Journal

The Horological Journal

The Institute is proud of its Horological Journal, which is the oldest technical journal in the world and has been published without a break since September 1858.

A copy of HJ is sent to every member each month, and contains a wealth of news and information of interest to horology enthusiasts.

We try to maintain a good balance of articles in each issue, covering clocks, watches, turret clocks and electric timepieces in articles that may be theoretical, practical or both.

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July 2014 Digest

Hello and welcome to the July edition of the Horological Journal.
On the 14th and 15th of June, Upton Hall opened its doors for another successful Summer Show. The BHI welcomed over 350 visitors; friends of the Institute, amateurs, enthusiasts, experts and many new faces! Highlights included an interactive display by Smith of Derby, a horological auction with 450 lots raising a resounding £22,000, the BHI's Grand Raffle and workshop demonstrations. An overview of the weekend's success can be found in the Summer Show Report in this month's HJ.
July's cover displays Gunter Dahndel's 'simple mechanical watch' which is accompanied by an extensive piece mapping the journey from its creation to completion. He takes steps away from 'mechanical jewellery', and towards instruments which are first appealing for their functionality, and then for their aesthetic qualities.
Steve Hillman introduces this month's Auction Round Up, whilst Sandy Skinner provides an original take on the intentions behind Galileo's final concept in 'The Pendulum Controlled Escapement'. The work of Geoffrey Crabtree FBHI is also featured, as he takes us back in time tracing a 'Victorian Photograph and a Carriage Clock', whilst John Wilding MBE FBHI provides a detailed analysis of 'Winding Keys'. There is also the first in a new occasional series, 'Collector's Corner' in which Stuart Malin describes his unusual clock collection in 'Domesticating the Turret Clock'.
Finally, Barrie Fitton reports on the BHI's Precision Timekeeping Forum on Friday the 13th, which was also the date when sundial time coincided with clock time. Despite the date's reputation for being unlucky- the day proved the opposite and turned out to be a huge success!
As usual, this edition includes letters, branch reports, education news and much more.


Harriet Olivia, HJ Reporter

About HJ

The 'Letters' pages provide a great opportunity for discussion and debate, whilst 'Branch Reports' provide updates of local activities, and regular 'Bench Views' illustrate life from the bench of a clockmaker and a watchmaker.

Click here for our latest Article of the Month - a taste of what you can expect to see every month in HJ! Plus by special request the October Double Pendulum Clock article, and The First Correct Drawing of the Grasshopper Escapement Ever Published and CSM by Peter Hastings. Download the spreadsheet of Peter Hasting's graphical method.

You can also download a full sample copy of HJ from a few months ago.