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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December HJ

Hello and welcome to the December edition of the Horological Journal.

We would like to thank you for the welcomed comments on the new look of the HJ. We have listened to your constructive criticism and are working hard to adapt the design to satisfy all of our readers' needs.

For the December HJ our CEO Dudley Giles celebrates a successful year in his First Word, commending the dedicated and passionate team at the BHI and looking forward to seeing what the New Year will bring.

Our covers host images of the beautiful Matthias Naeschke NT12 table clock that was exhibited at the exclusive Salon QP held in London's Saatchi Gallery in the first week of November.

Also in this month's issue James Buxton IEng MEID reports on the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition in November 2014, whilst Justin Koullapis reports on the record breaking sale of the Patek Phillip Henry Graves Supercomplication.

Our Editor Jayne Hall writes how hardworking horology students received the recognition they deserve at the Awards, Education and New Members' Day held at Upton Hall on Saturday 25th October. Jayne also reports on the Fall Back Show held the following day which attracted its largest audience to date!

John Reynolds precedes his construction series (beginning in January 2015 HJ) with an article detailing the materials needed to make his Regulator. Also continuing a series, Colin Ferguson MBHI looks at the ratchet, barrel and end cap in Part 11 of 'Making Harrison's Late Regulator'.

In this month's 'Meet the Student' we speak to Birmingham Univeristy and BHI student Martin Cleaton who details the demanding work schedule that motivates his passion in horology.

Robert Horan MBHI asks, 'If only Balance Wheels were like Car Tyres' in his cautionary tale reminding readers of the dangers of completing routine servicing tasks on watches.

Finally, this issue hosts Robert Oven's Annual Index; the comprehensive guide correlating all the material that has been published by the Horological Journal this year.

On behalf of everyone here at Upton Hall, I would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Harriet Olivia
Editorial Assistant.


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.