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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HJ January 2015


Happy New Year!

January's Journal hit the mat between Christmas and the New Year so I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy it during the holiday period.

One of the highlights of this month's issue is our new series, Making a Regulator to a New Design by John Reynolds FBHI, which has been eagerly awaited. It will run for several months and I hope that many of our members will 'have a go' and make one of their own, by following the simple and concise instructions.

Another interesting article included in this issue was that of the new of the Japanese Ten Thousand-Year Clock, which has been on show in London for the last couple of months. The BHI's Japanese expert Ashley Strachan has provided an excellent report and, with help of the the Japanese Embassy, we were able to reproduce some stunning pictures.

Guy Gibbons is also back in HJ to continue his 'After the DLC' series and this month he has also provided the first in a four part series on 'Watching a Going Barrel Mainspring Develop'. Added to this, watch repairer Robert Horan asks 'A Botched Service or Something Else?', Nick Andrews provides a light-hearted piece entitled 'The Clever Dolly' and horological historian Brian Loomes writes about the Wax Jack - a Unique Early Treasure.

I hope you continue to enjoy reading the Horoloigcal Journal in 2015. Please get in touch if there are topics you would like to see covered.

Jayne Hall

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.