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Gorgeous Swiss timepiece will cure your Apple Watch envy

LUKE DORMEHL

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11/18/14

Having not worn a watch regularly since my high school days, I recently took the plunge and bought my first “adult” watch, a self-winding automatic Swiss timepiece.

 

I had several criteria I wanted to meet. Firstly I wanted a self-winding automatic, because I liked the idea of owning a Swiss watch and I wanted one that, at least in theory, has a longer lifespan than a battery-powered quartz timepiece. Secondly, I wanted to keep my purchase sub-$2,000. Thirdly, as a watch novice, I was looking for something that would be as multipurpose as possible.

 

After some research, I settled on a watch from the Longines Master Collection – buying it in a dedicated brick-and-mortar store rather than online, so that I could try it out in person before buying.

 

Eberman’s son, Joseph, rebuilt the clock in 1854. And it was rebuilt again by Godfried M. Zahm in 1878.

 

The museum plans to get the clock’s gears working and hopes to learn more about which pieces are from the original and which were added later, Poirier said.

 

The clock — which was wound once per week and kept time during Lancaster’s 13 years as the state capital 1799-1812 — is a rare piece, he said.

 

 

 

 

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11/21/14

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You can Never Really Be Late With a Flux Capacitor Watch!

ANDREW LISZEWSKI

You can cross a smartwatch off your wish list this holiday season now that ThinkGeek has revealed this utterly amazing compact Flux Capacitor Watch that really fluxes. The red LED readout on the bottom shows the current date, while the flashing LEDs on the flux capacitor do indicate the time, although deciphering it will take some practice according to the folks at ThinkGeek:

 

Reading the time on the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wristwatch is pretty fun. Press the bottom button and then get ready to count lights. Time is divided into hours, minutes first digit, minutes second digit - so it looks confusing, but is very easy to read. (Example: 10 lights, 5 lights, 3 lights = 10:53 - and it repeats). At the same time, the time circuit LCD display will show you the date.

 

 

by Adam Harris

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18th century Lancaster clock that kept time for 100+ years goes on display Friday

Noel B. Poirier, director of the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, has a new, favorite piece.

 

It's the movement, or time-keeping innards, of the tower clock that kept time in the Lancaster County Courthouse from 1785 until it was replaced in 1898.

 

It was built by John Eberman Jr., a Lancaster clock maker, for a new county courthouse on Penn Square after a fire destroyed the courthouse there in 1784.

by JOE HAINTHALER  [FULL ARTICLE]

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