The Chronological Engine was prompted by an idea for a clock where the hands
can't travel right around the dial! In an invention reminiscent of Victorian
machines, the Chronological Engine tells the time with separate hour and minute
hands. It has a dedicated hour hand that points to the current hour without moving
between hours, returning to zero after midday and midnight. Minutes are
displayed on an illuminated central dial.
Counted or passing hourly chimes, a countdown timer and a
daily alarm function are also provided. Each machine is
beautifully constructed from specially designed engineered
components, mounted on a polished wooden plaque. The
steampunk design is evocative of early machines where steam
was the common motive force and every technological step
was celebrated through ingenuity and engineering employing
brass and copper components that were proudly displayed.
Adjustments are made by moving a control lever over
engraved labels, until the correct position is framed within the
moving window. The adjustment valve then adjusts the
relevant setting - no digital inputs here! The Chronological
Engine employs lenses magnifying flickering lamps to indicate
AM and PM and they also show whether an alarm has been
set. Rather than using a recorded bell sound effect to indicate
passing hours, the Chronological Engine uses a real bell and
hammer to chime passing or counted hourly chimes. The
Chronological Engine responds to movement and will switch
off, with it’s illumination fading, if no movement is detected
for more than an hour. Upon first detecting movement, the
lamp will slowly illuminate and the hands will move to display
the current time. As the minute hand moves, illuminated gears
can be seen through the window in the clock face.
• The Chronological Engine is 37cm high, 47cm wide by 12cm deep.
• It is powered by a small plug in mains adaptor.
• When no one is present for an hour, it goes to sleep. Once
movement is once again detected, the lamp fades up, it chimes and
displays the correct time.
• The time, chiming preferences and daily alarm are set by moving
the Function Select lever and control valve.
• It is wall mounted on two keyhole fixings situated on the rear of the
• Each machine is individually numbered and the engraved labels and
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