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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April 2014 Digest

Hello and welcome to the April edition of Horological Journal.
This month we feature the work of Michael Beckingham MBHI, from Whitianga, New Zealand. Mike has made a name for himself re-casing unusual and rare watch movements that have lost their cases to the bullion dealers, a subject he wrote about in HJ April and May 2007. This month he describes how he makes complete wristwatches and we illustrate on the cover three examples. You can read Part 1 of his story by clicking on Article of the Month (left). Part 2 will appear in May HJ.
Also in this month's issue we say a fond farewell to The Horologist's Toolbox. When I first introduced the series, in which different horologists describe six of their favourite tools,  back in February 2013, I assumed it would probably run for six months, seven at the most. I had no idea that it would run for almost a year and a half, highlighting the exceptional range of tools in use in a horologist's workshop today. Colin Fergusson MBHI has the honour of bringing the series to a close and looks at vices, storage, hand removing levers, hammers, centring microscopes and universal pillar tool.
Also in this month's HJ,  Colin Andrews and W John Thornton write about John Deacon, Clockmaker to Baptist Minister; while Dr Bill Linnard tells the amusing tale of Tristram Shandy with his article entitled 'Winding up the Clock'. Martin Foster reports from Munich and the German luxury watch, clock and tool fair, Inhorgenta Europe, while Steve Hillman stays closer to home with his Auction Round Up of interesting timepieces under the hammer in the UK.
As always you will find book reviews, auction round up, letters, After the DLC, branch reports and much more.

 Jayne Hall, HJ Editor

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.