Antikythera Mechanism rebuilt as a Watch

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Die schweizer Uhrenmacher von Hublot haben den bekannten Antikythera-Mechanismus (Wikipedia) – ein Analog-Rechner, den die alten Griechen vor zweitausend Jahren zur Berechnung der Bewegung von Himmelskörpern bauten – in einem Armbanduhrwerk nachgebaut. Das Teil ist leider nur eine Konzeptarbeit für eine Ausstellung nächstes Jahr, wäre allerdings ohnehin unerschwinglich. Awesome!

This video is a tribute from Swiss clock-maker Hublot and film-maker Philippe Nicolet to this device, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, or the world's "first computer". The fragments of the Mechanism were discovered in 1901 by sponge divers near the island of Antikythera. It is kept since then at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.

For more than a century, researchers were trying to understand its functions. Since 2005, a pluridisciplinary research team, the "Antikythera Mechanism Research Project", is studying the Mechanism with the latest high tech available.

The results of this ongoing research has enabled the construction of many models. Amongst them, the unique mechanism of a watch, designed by Hublot as a tribute to the Mechanism, is incorporating the known functions of this mysterious and fascinating ancient Mechanism.

Hublot painstakingly recreates a mysterious, 2,100-year-old clockwork relic - but why? (via /.)

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