Show Notes & Research
From the Show
Broadcast: 15th May, 2016
Last update: 19th May, 2016
Published: 19th May, 2016
- Read the feedback, notes from the last show
- Begin recording
- Introduction and description of the podcast, goals, modus operandi.
- What An investigation of everything from a British perspective by two brothers (who consider themselves to be relatively normal chaps), one topic at a time.
- Who Geoffrey Campos (engineer and devil’s advocate),
Benjamin de-Campos (designer and believer).
- How Choose a topic of interest, spend a little time researching it, have a discussion then publish the notes - which are available on the site to read along!
- Why The main benefits are the fostering of a greater understanding of the world before we die and hopefully, to prompt further thought and discussion from our listeners.
- The topic we will be discussing in this episode is Watches
A watch is a general term for a small, wearable clock. After centuries of admirably telling the time of day, they soon expanded into various other time based arenas such as informing its owner of the day of the week, the month, moon phases, an alarm and even a stopwatch. In the 1970s the humble watch jumped on the digital bandwagon and went stratospheric. The ‘clockface’ gone; instead an array of futuristic numbers that dance and sparkle and even more time-themed features. Soon; a calculator of all things. Through the 80s, 90s and 2000s, watches got better and better and just when we thought we had a fully developed understanding of ‘the watch’, BAM! The smartwatch happened. This is all well and good but let’s not forget: a watch is wearable that is to say, it can be clothing or jewelry. Not only can it tell you the time, it can tell you that the person wearing it has good taste or should be killed.
What we’re not talking about
Each bullet is a talking point. Sub-bullets are topics that may or may not be covered. Usage: Read the bullet and sub-bullets then talk about some or all sub-bullets.
- 1571 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leciester, presented Queen Elizabeth 1 with an ‘arm watch’. "in the closing thearof a clocke, and in the forepart of the same a faire lozengie djamond without a foyle, hanging thearat a rounde juell fully garnished with dyamondes and a perle pendaunt."
- 1656 Christiaan Huygens made the first pendulum clock
- c1830 Blondeau makes the first mechanical digital watch
- c1880 Warren Marrison invented the first quartz clock
- 1969 Seiko of Japan introduced the first quartz wristwatch, the Astron
- 1972 First non-mechanical digital watch by Hamilton Watch company (Seiko acquired in 1978):
- Galileo Galilei (16th century) effectively invented timekeeping by observing how pendulums take the same time to swing when the length is the same - no matter the weights.
- Why do we need to know the time?
- Measurement, precision
- Swatch ‘sistem51’, first mechanical watch completely built by machines (2013). Swiss made, £110. Revolutionary.
- Famous brands (with slogans)
- Apple - You. At a glance.
- Audemars Piguet - To break the rules, you must first master them
- Breitling - instruments for professionals
- Cartier - The Jeweller of Kings
- Casio - Technology for life
- IWC Schaffhausen - IWC. Since 1868. And for as long as there are men.
- Jaeger-LeCoultre - Have you ever worn a real watch?
- Omega - Significant Moments
- Patek Philippe - Begin your own tradition
- Rolex - A Crown for Every Achievement
- Swatch - Fashion that ticks
- TAG - Don't crack under pressure
- Timex - Life is ticking
- Price is not a concern
- Premium brands
- Slow watch
- Collecting, Collections & collectors
- Uniqueness, rarity
Obama’s watch: Jorg Gray model 6500, http://www.barackswatch.com/
Omega Speedmaster, on the moon 1962
Chopard 210 karat, the most expensive new watch in the world at £18M.
James Bond’s watch in Spectre: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Spectre Watch (£4,650)
Parmigiani: Bugatti 370 model
Geoffrey’s exact watch (model)
Ben’s watch (something like this)
Terminology specific to the topic
- Automatic Self-winding mainspring
- Complication Any feature on the dial e.g. moonphase, date etc.
- Chronometer This is marketing jargon that a watch maker can use for a specific model so long as it passes a set of tests carried out by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres +/- 4 (yes, 4) seconds per day.
- Crystal The glass protector covering the dial, the lens
- Cyclops A lens glued to the glass of a watch to magnify the day/date complication
- Dial The face of the watch
- Escapement The mechanism that regulates the power into increments for time measurement
- Face The dial
- Horology The study of measuring time
- Jewel A doughnut shaped bearing typically made from a crystal for low resistance and durability
- Perpetual Mechanical calendar that accounts for leap years cf. Annual calendar. Needs to be adjusted roughly every 100 years to account for solar years.
- Quartz This is a common rock that is piezoelectric - it will produce an electric current if pressured and vibrate if a current is passed through it - an exact amount of vibrations.
- Tachymeter Measures anything that's constant. 3600÷elapsed time in secs (7-ish to 60)
- Details about site, contacts, next show: YouTube
- Outro music choice - something open source or out of copyright so we don’t get sued
- Recording ends, postmortem recording begins
- Add intro music, outro, any editing
From the Show
Notes, corrections and further references
History of horology, Internet Archive
Textart.ru database of slogans
Open Source Watch