For a year from September 2005, under the nose of the Panthéon's unsuspecting security officials, a group of intrepid "illegal restorers" set up a secret workshop and lounge in a cavity under the building's famous dome. Under the supervision of group member Jean-Baptiste Viot, a professional clockmaker, they pieced apart and repaired the antique clock that had been left to rust in the building since the 1960s. Only when their clandestine revamp of the elaborate timepiece had been completed did they reveal themselves. Read More
This story reminds the fans of North Coast Imports that lovers of clockwork can be found in every part of life. DID YOU KNOW about the rising popularity of a genre and community called Steampunk? Do a search for this on the internet and you will find a horde of information, full of fans and connoisseurs of the unusual and mechanical. The clocks and automata are a perfect fit for the Steampunk crowd.