Antikythera Mechanism by Hublot: a tribute to the oldest astronomical calculation of History
Earlier this week, Hublot has unveiled the "mystery" that hovered over its new watch. It must be said that unless his trainer left ear with the main question, we could not doubt the arrival of such a "timepiece." Exceeding our precepts, our imagination by storm last classic, the new mechanism is called Hublot Anticyhère. Quite simply, it pays tribute to the oldest astronomical calculator in history. Indeed, it deserves an explanation.
It is not only an extraordinary performance watch that is made Hublot. It is also a new dimension that can give the watch when the mind away from any marketing of any logic of production. Patronage, so rare in this environment may yet prove to be, thanks to this wonderfully successful initiation by Hublot.
A little history ...
The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered in 1901 off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in which he borrowed the name. For a century, this object is recognized as one of the most mysterious of the history of civilization, has not revealed right away its real function. It is now recognized that this astronomical instrument is dated second century BC. The mechanical calculator was able to indicate the movement of certain major planets. It could actually indicate different cycles in the solar and lunar calendars relating to civil Greek cities. The Antikythera mechanism did not give the time. By cons he could appoint as many astronomical cycles Metonic cycle, the cycle calliper, the Saros cycle, the cycle Exeligmos, including that served to predict eclipses. This machine bronze by just 21 cm for 16 cm wide and 5 cm thick, we found only 82 of which were fragments of the gears. All were pretty tiny, especially corroded. These pieces of history are the starting point for many things, including a first tribute directed by Hublot, the honor now, the gallery of Scientific Instruments Museum of Arts and Crafts in Paris. The exhibition is called "Antikythera, the enigmatic machine emerged from the depths of time. "
Hublot inspired by an archaeological discovery
In 2008, disclosed the tomographic analysis (imaging technique used in geophysics and astrophysics that can reconstruct the volume of an object from a series of measurements for each from outside the object) performed on the fragments. In the middle watch, especially in some minds, the ideas begin to fuser, the gray matter in smoke! Among those, who had the courage to start: Mathias Buttet, now Director of R & D Hublot. The famous watch brand launches into a tribute to the first mechanical masterpiece that gave us the story, taking up all its features and components, but by miniaturizing into the most curious of wristwatches.
"The twenty-first century, an era of sharing" (Jean-Claude Biver)
The team has worked on Hublot watch it mastered concepts not necessarily hand in hand with a team of scientists, which has made trading extremely rich, explains Mathias Buttet. Although difficulties were ubiquitous: miniaturization, respect the architecture of both sides of the Antikythera ... the challenge was met with flying colors and deserves all the attention paid to it. Sharing is good at meeting: sharing between professionals, sharing with the public ...
We hope with all my heart that when it was presented at Baselworld, the watch fair in Basel, the Antikythera shows as successful and today the same recognition. I would add, we hope it has opened the way for this new kind of "patronage" that mèneà the discovery, knowledge renewal.