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Keeper of Time: A Documentary Exploring the History of Horology

- By WatchNews (PA) 02/15/21

close up of a mechanical watch movement

New York, NY, November 30, 2020 - Tourbillon Film Works, LLC—an independent production company based in New York—released today the teaser trailer for Keeper of Time, a feature-length documentary produced and directed by Michael Culyba, which will be released late Winter 2021. Before the film began production in 2018, Culyba ran a very successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, which raised over $115,000 in 35 days.

Keeper of Time explores the astonishing and beautiful world of mechanical watchmaking while contemplating the theoretical and philosophical notions of time, aging and mortality. Along with interviews from cutting-edge scholars in the fields of theoretical physics, physiology and philosophy, Keeper of Time features the stories of four of the best independent watchmakers in the world – Philippe Dufour, Roger W. Smith, François-Paul Journe and Max Büsser.

Other prominent figures featured in the film include Ben Clymer (Founder/Ceo, Hodinkee), Michael Friedman (Head of Complications, Audemars Piguet), William Andrewes (Sundial Maker), Eric Ku (Vintage Watch Dealer/Collector), William Massena (Watch Collector), Gary Shteyngart (Writer/Watch Enthusiast), Brittany Nicole Cox (Antiquarian Horologist) and Nicholas Manousos (Executive Director, Horological Society of New York).


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Watchmaker François-Paul Journe
Watchmaker François-Paul Journe.
Watchmaker Max Büsser
Watchmaker Max Büsser.

In addition, Keeper of Time explores our perception and relationship with time with in-depth interviews from Jay Griffiths (author, A Sideways Look at Time), theoretical physicist Julian Barbour (author, The End of Time) and Duke University Distinguished Professor Adrian Bejan (author, “Why the Days Seem Shorter as We Get Older”).

“I purchased my first mechanical watch five years ago and immediately became fascinated by the micro-engineering and beautiful craftsmanship that went into making a fine timepiece. After the horological bug bit me, the next question was, ‘What exactly are these devices measuring? What exactly is time?’ That’s when I had the idea of making a film that captured both the romance of watchmaking and the deeper questions about our relationship with time,” said Keeper of Time director Michael Culyba.

Keeper of Time is produced and directed by Michael Culyba. He has been editing documentary films in New York City for over 17 years. Some of his credits include Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing (Toronto International Film Festival 2006), Gary Hustwit’s Urbanized (Toronto International Film Festival 2011), Running from Crazy (Sundance Film Festival 2013) and My Own Man produced by Edward Norton (TriBeCa Film Festival 2014). Most recently he edited two-time Oscar winning director Barbara Kopple's film This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Keeper of Time is Culyba’s directorial debut.

Watchmaker Philippe Dufour
Watchmaker Philippe Dufour.
Watchmaker Roger Smith
Watchmaker Roger Smith.

Executive Producers include John Reardon and Eric Ku. John Reardon has been a prominent figure in the watch auction world for over 27 years. Recently he spent five years leading Christie’s Watches as International Head of Watches. He left his role at Christie’s during the summer of 2019 to launch Collectability LLC, an online purveyor of vintage and pre-owned Patek Philippe.

Eric Ku has been involved in the field of horology as both a vintage watch dealer and recognized industry expert for nearly 20 years. Eric has been quoted in and written about in both industry and mainstream publications countless times and is the founder and owner of 10PastTen, one the world’s leading vintage Rolex dealers.

Other notable credits include Co-Producer Shelby Siegel (Emmy award-winning film and television editor of The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst), Directors of Photography Ben Wolf (Obit) and Luke Geissbühler (Helvetica, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), and Composer Max Avery-Lichtenstein (Tarnation, Jesus’ Son).

For further information about Keeper of Time visit: keeperoftimemovie.com

For the latest news, follow Keeper of Time on Instagram at @keeperoftimemovie, on Facebook at @keeperoftimemovie, and on Twitter at @keeperoftimemov.


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