Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Pictures of our Carriage Clocks

We have some beautiful new photographs of our rare "K. Mozer" Carriage Clocks. These very fine pieces were made by L'Epee when they were located in their London Factory. There were very few pieces made by the artisan clockmakers in London under the famous L'Epee standards of excellence. L'Epee carriage clocks have since been adopted by a Swiss factory that also produces the Matthew Norman line.

We are pleased to make available the Ovale and the Dauphine which are some of the very few collectible pieces that were produced in England, by English clockmakers. While the British clockmaking industry was (at one time) the best in the world, their output has since become very small and very collectible. You can easily see, from our new pictures and video, the tremendous quality of these pieces. Take a moment to appreciate the impeccable tradition of British Horology!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

More Updates to Our Website

Check out these pages to see MORE pictures and MORE videos of our beautiful clocks!

Also, be sure to check out the Sloan models from Sternreiter. This case style is available with different wood finishes and different mechanisms:

Mechanical movement with Oak finish case

Mechanical movement with Mahogany finish case

Quartz, chiming movement with Oak finish case

Quartz, chiming movement with Mahogany finish case

Quartz movement with Oak finish case

Quartz movement with Mahogany finish case

...and don't forget about our very fine Morbiers!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Updates to our Website

We've added new pictures and videos for some of our most beautiful clocks. Be sure to check out these fine clocks on our website:

(Click on the thumbnails for details!)

Ed Beecham, Master Clockmaker

If you haven't already, make sure you check out our Facebook page! While you're there, you can check out the delicious creations of our friend Ed Beecham!

Horology in Britain

From Watching Horology:
Listen to the audio broadcast with Peter May about the state of horology in England and the interview with George Daniels and Roger Smith. Makes for interesting update for those interested in what is happening in the UK.

Click Here to Listen on the BBC Learn about the business of mechanical horology!

Endless Sand

Here's something interesting we found through the Automata blog. It's a home-built clock/kinetic sculpture with falling sand as the escapement:

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Automatic Drummer

Robot Drummer, made from birch plywood and HiTec Servo's. Utilizes Highly Liquid MD24 midi to servo controller. Created by Steve Averill VIdeo produced by RakerShine Utilizes the famous CamRaker.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Dolls in Motion" Book

From Automata Blog:
Here is a book on vintage automata that covers the many types of automata and some of the most prominent makers of the past. The book is no longer in print, but can easily be ordered used.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Standard Time

From MB&F:
The spectator looking at Standard Time does not only see the time, but also people constructing it. People who, with a stoic sense of duty, are wasting time on an apparently useless activity that fulfills only one function: to display time. Even though the workers are trying hard to construct every single minute, they are constantly on the verge of failing.

Automatic Wall Color

To continue our theme on automata and automatic devices to enhance your lifestyle, check out this concept:

This is Xirrou, the painting robot, which is the brainchild of Austrian industrial designer, Christian Gumpold.

From MB&F:
Xirrou is a 2-part artificial intelligent robotic system. The first component features a stamp on its lower side that measures 16 square-centimeters, allowing it to print artwork to the walls and ceilings. The second component of Xirrou carries 8 ink cartridges on its back and is hooked to the first half via an ink-supplying cable.

Imagine scanning some photos for your new mood, or your new idea of what your room should look like this season, and the robot goes to work. These spider-like contraptions will skitter across your wall bringing you new color to your room.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Art of Edmund Dohnert

There are some interesting mechanical sculptures on the website of Edmund Dohnert. He has a style reminiscent of the Futurists of the early 20th Century. Here's a preview picture:

[via The Automata / Automation Blog]

Machines that Almost Fall Over

Machines that Almost Fall Over from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.

We've often referred to our mechanical clocks as "kinetic sculpture." Here's a look at some of the abstract work in kinetic sculpture.

From the artist M. KONTOPOULOS:

A system of sculptures that is constantly on the brink of collapse. My intention was to capture and sustain the exact moment of impending catastrophe and endlessly repeat it.
[via Rhizome]

Automatic Scribes

We've posted about the Jaques-Droz automata before. Here is a modern interpretation!

From MB&F:
The masterpiece is housed in an unusual cage, whose aluminium frame is fitted with a liquid crystal glass, allowing the owner to mask or unveil the whole movement at will. A light touch activates the mechanism and a stylus writes the time in hours and minutes.

Giant Mechanical Spider!

Here's a great piece of automatic art:

La Princesse is a 13-metre (50') mechanical spider designed and operated by French performance art company La Machine (Wikipedia).

[via MB&F]