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The Horological Journal
The Institute is proud of its Horological Journal, which is the oldest technical journal in the world, having 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.
Download a copy of the Institute's HJ policy.
Interested in writing for the Horological Journal? Please read our contributor's guide.
June 2013 Digest
Hello and welcome to the June edition of Horological Journal.
We are extremely busy at Upton Hall at the moment preparing for our annual Summer Show, Friday 14 to Sunday 16 June. It looks like it is going to be another great event, focusing on Thomas Tompion - the ‘Father of English Clockmaking’. As well as the usual exhibitions, demonstrations and talks, there is a huge Horological Auction planned for the Sunday afternoon, with over 600 lots, featuring the workshop contents and collection of the late Otto von Bertele and the Bristol Jewellers/Watchmakers Murch & Sons. Don't miss it! Auction catalogues are available now.
Moving on to the Journal. In this month's issue Geoffrey Crabtree FBHI writes about Electric Clocks, surveying some of the early models. Next month, he will look specifically at clocks by David Perret. Ross Alcock MBHI is the author behind June's Horologist's Tool box, in which different horologists describe and photograph six of their favourite tools. Ross has chosen a movement stand, gravers, testing horse, stethoscope, inspection mirrors and sharpening stones.
On the news front, London-based watch movement manufacturer Hoptroff have unveiled their No 10 movement, which is destined for the world's first atomic-powered watch. They say this is a safe way to tell the time and is more accurate than any luxury mechanical or quartz watch even produced. See Article of the Month for more.
Also included in this issue are articles on the Astronomical Clock at Chartres, by Peter Edwards; Baselworld 2013 by Martin Foster, who reports from Switzerland on the latest news from the watch, clock and jewellery industries, and also Steve Hillman, who is closer to home bringing results from auction houses throughout the UK.
You will also find the usual features, Bench View, After the DLC, along with letters, branch reports and news.
Jayne Hall, HJ Editor
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.