The Anniversary Clock Project — Preview

Two summers ago I was in an antique store and asked on a whim whether the owner had any “mechanical clocks or time pieces”.

He said “No, I’m sorry I don’t. But I do have this fun clock here.”

He handed me a Kundo clock, which is in fact a mechanical clock. The contradiction made my head hurt slightly, but I was fascinated by what looked like a beautiful clock. He said it needed to be serviced / fixed, and I wondered if my recently formed passion for watches would propel me all the way into buying what I thought might be an expensive object (needing repair no less).

I asked “How much is it?” and he said “Forty bucks”.

And so I bought it immediately and then plunged myself into the world of what I now know are called “Anniversary Clocks”.

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It turns out that such clocks have a bit of a cult following, and I was proud to be its latest member. Anniversary clocks are so-named because you only need to wind them once and they reportedly run for 400 days. Not quite the perpetual motion machine of the might ATMOS (see my essay on Atmos here), but very impressive.

I found my way to the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and discovered a whole world of Kundo Anniversary Clock aficionados and enthusiasts. I asked for some guidance from the group about my find and ended up believing that I would clean and repair the clock myself.

Needless to say I have never started the journey, but with this essay I am putting a stake in the ground and saying: stay tuned for a blog journey of whether I can pull off this task. I will likely screw it up (not being a clock maker…), but the journey is the goal, as they say.

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I saw this watch online today and it became This Week’s Love Affair for me (photos courtesy of http://www.watchesbysjx.com).

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It is the Glashütte Original Senator Moon Phase Skeletonized Edition and it hits hard on many of my favorite things:

  • Blue steel hands
  • Roman numerals
  • “Railroad track” for minutes
  • Skeletonized movement
  • Not just time only (moon phase is nice)
  • Mix of silver and gold

It also avoids a problem I have with other references by Glashutte, namely the more typical over-weighting (in my opinion) of the Glashutte logo. Here is another Glashutte dial so that you can see what I mean:

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This logo in particular is like having a pebble in my shoe, and I don’t want to experience that every time I look at the watch face. The smallest design infraction (as measured by my own taste) is enough to cross a watch off of the wish list.

This makes me admire the leading watch brands in that they manage to please enough people with their designs to stay in business (though the digitization of time-keeping at the moment is certainly depressing the industry).

As is usual for high-end watches like this, the finishing on this particular movement is a delicious sight to behold:

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They don’t call fine watches “wearable art” for no reason.

I like skeletonize watches because it allows the wearer to see the movement while wearing the watch, and in this case the artwork is distinctive on both sides.

And so another watch makes it to the wish list…

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Cappuccino love

My coffee love came late in life — never bothered with it until I was in my 40s (looking back, I can’t believe this). I remember my honeymoon in Italy years ago, when my wife would have a cappuccino every morning while I had…ice water. What tha….

But I caught on, and at this point, I crave it just a bit too much I think, and have an embarrassingly passionate reaction to certain cups of cappuccino while traveling in Europe (this excess seems to happen overseas more than here in the USA).

Here is one of my shots:

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Tuscany visions

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Italy is perhaps the most beautiful country in the world, or near the top in any case. The above photo is from one of my many trips there.

The countryside is of course beautiful, but this can be said about many countries. And so it must be the Italian culture and sensibility that gives the air itself a kind of refined serenity.

They call Rome the “Eternal City” because of the feeling of timelessness there — that it will always be the way it is, a vibrant city with the gravitas of a former great empire. But I suppose the entire country could be called the “Eternal Country” because it does indeed feel as though time stops and good living begins when one is there.