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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Hello and welcome to the May 2015 edition of Horological Journal.
Our cover story this month features the restoration of the Herne Bay Tower Clock, which is believed to be the oldest free-standing Clock Tower in the UK. You can read Mike Bundock's fascinating story and enjoy the superb accompanying photographs.
Also this month, respected horologist George de Fossard FBHI describes how he made a six-month duration regulator in the style of Joseph Binder - see Article of the Month. David Poole FBHI and Alan Burtoft FBHI finish their two-part series the Etachron Balance Spring, Colin Fergusson MBHI continues with his series on Making Harrison's Late Regulator and Guy Gibbons MBHI presents his latest After the DLC.
Fairs correspondent Martin Foster FBHI reports from Baselworld 2015, saying markets are cautious but there is underlying optimism. You can read about the models launched during the exhibition.
Sadly we say goodbuy to Charles Allix (obituary John Griffiths) and Peter Bonnert (obituary Howard Newman). The two men collaborated on 'Carriage Clocks, Their History and Development'; Charles as author and Peter as illustrator.
Ray Essen, the son-in-law of Louis Essen gives details of his new book 'The Birth of Atomic Time', while John Moorhouse MBHI reports on the Craftsmanship and Design Awards 2015.
As always there are letters, news, branch reports, bench view, and the horological calendar to name but a few.


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.