One year after the release of the masterpiece ‘Salute to Antiochila Machinery’ at the Archaeological Museum in Athens, Hublot launched the ‘Antiochila Sun and Moon’ watch with high precision Sign the position of the sun and moon. The Antiochila Sun and Moon watch includes a solar calendar and a monthly calendar. It also shows the position of the sun and moon.
Antikythera mechanism is one of the most mysterious devices in the history of human civilization. Found in Greek waters in 1901, it is considered the first ‘astronomical calculator’ in human history, dating back to the 2nd century BC (approximately 150 to 100 BC).
On April 5, 2012, all original remains on the shipwreck, including jewellery and Antikythera machinery, were put together and exhibited one by one in the exhibition of the prestigious Archaeological Museum of Athens, attended by the Minister of Culture And unveil it. This is a significant event for the international archeological and scientific community. Among the items on display is a ‘tribute to Antiochila machinery’ watch, a highly complex watch device developed by HUBLOT to pay tribute to the first ‘astronomical calculator’ in human history. . This is also the first time in history that a watch brand was able to exhibit its products in a museum.
HUBLOT produced only four watches of the same model, each of which is a precise miniature reproduction of the original mechanical device: the first one is displayed at the Paris Museum of Crafts, and the second one is displayed at the National Museum of Athens. The third was collected by HUBLOT as a commemoration of the excellence and ingenuity of engineers and watchmakers, and the fourth will be sold at a unique auction in 2014.
Today, at the Baselworld 2013, HUBLOT launched the ‘Antiochila Sun Moon’ watch. Limited to 20 pieces, this watch is a simplified and miniature version of the original mechanical device, paying tribute to this ancient handed down.
This watch, released today, contains 295 parts and 7 complex devices (the Hublot products previously exhibited at the Athens Museum have 495 parts and 14 functions), it mainly indicates the sun and the moon, all displays Located on the dial side.
The Antiochila Sun and Moon watch includes a solar calendar and a monthly calendar. It also shows the position of the sun and moon. This means that the wearer can not only read the time (hours and minutes) with this watch, but also can know the phase of the moon on a certain day, the shape of the moon in the sky, the name of the constellation behind the moon and The time it takes for the moon to pass through a certain constellation. On the same day, this watch can also show the constellation behind the sun and indicate how long it takes the sun to pass through a certain constellation. This watch contains a flying tourbillon (without ball bearings) that rotates once a minute to indicate the seconds, and the hours and minutes are displayed by a traditional hand located in the center of the movement on one side of the dial. The frequency is 21600 vibrations (3 Hz) per hour. Power reserve is 120 hours.
Movement description and operation guide
1. Basic movement: Manually wound movement with flying tourbillon (without ball bearings), rotating once a minute to indicate seconds.
The hours and minutes are displayed by a traditional hand located in the center of the movement on one side of the dial.
The power reserve is approximately 120 hours. (5 days)
The operating frequency is 21,600 vibrations (3 Hz) per hour.
The bottom plywood is made of chamfered brass, with painted strokes, round grooves, and black ruthenium plating on the surface.
The round guide column wheel is chamfered and rhodium plated.
Stainless steel is polished, chamfered and painted.
Number of parts: 295
Number of jewels: 37
2. The movement is equipped with two winding crowns: one at 3 o’clock and one at 9 o’clock. The crown at 3 o’clock is used for winding and setting time. Its first position is used to wind the mainspring of the movement, and the second position can adjust the time setting (including hours and minutes) from both directions.
The second crown is located at 9 o’clock, and only this position, you can scroll in both directions to adjust the yin and yang calendar.
3. Movement display:
Unlike Antiochila’s mechanism, this watch is not shown below (back). All displays are on the dial side:
On the front, around the center of the movement is the moon hand, which can display two indications:
a. This pointer displays the moon phase through a circular window. The extended end of the moon pointer shows the position of the star at the first concentric circle of the moon as seen from the earth (wearer).
The position of the star depends on the constellation behind the moon as observed by the wearer. When a normal watch displays the signs of the zodiac, the constellations are reduced to a simple zodiac name. But this watch shows the constellation of stars.
This is an important difference. In the first concentric circle, the area showing the zodiac is not the same size. Because these constellations have different shapes in the sky, the time required for the sun and the moon to pass through them is also different.
For example, the Virgin Palace is represented by a woman lying sideways in the Zodiac, while the Cancer Palace is represented by a small square crab. In short, this function can show the area where the moon is in the sky at a certain moment.
b. Compared to the concentric circle displayed on the first item on the monthly calendar, the pointer has a sun symbol at the end, which can display two indications:
In the second concentric circle on the periphery of the dial, the end of the hands shows the month and day of the solar year, in other words, the date.
The second indication shown by this pointer is the position of the sun’s star as seen from the perspective of the earth (wearer).
4. These two calendars are not independent of each other. The wearer can adjust the calendar hands through the crown at 9 o’clock, and select a day and year indicated by the end of the sun hands. The movement can automatically calculate the corresponding monthly calendar display.
5. What is the original intention of this watch?
In addition to knowing the time (hours and minutes), the wearer of this watch can also know the name of the constellation behind the sun and the time it takes for the sun to pass through a certain constellation on a certain day of the solar calendar year.
On the same day, the wearer can also know the phases of the moon, the shape of the moon in the sky, the name of the constellation behind the moon, and the time it takes for the moon to pass through a certain constellation.
6. This mechanism can indicate with extreme precision:
a. Moon phases, or New Moons, in other words, the time between two full moons is equivalent to 29.36 days.
b. Relative to the Earth, the Moon’s zodiac location (stellar moon) is a cycle every 27.322 days. In addition, the speed of the moon in this mechanical device will be automatically adjusted to compensate for the 2 hour and 20 minute variables generated by the moon every week orbiting the earth.
c. The sun pointer runs one week per star year, which is equivalent to 365.256363051 days.