Hublot recently announced the construction of a fascinating new wristwatch, the Antikythera. This incredible piece is a reproduction of an over-2,200 year old device found by sponge divers on an ancient ship wreck off the Grecian coast in 1901. A total of 82 fragments of the Antikythera Mechanism, so-named due to its being found off the island of the same name, were found and have been extensively examined over the past century. It was an astounding find given the level of technology shown, which was thought to have not been developed until much later. In 2005, new photographic techniques, developed by HP, and hi-res 3-D x-ray images were shot of all the fragments, which allowed engineers to literally reconstruct the entire device, of which a number of full-scale replicas have since been made. The Antikythera Mechanism allowed the user, via a hand crank, to select a specific date in the future. The Mechanism then showed, with incredible accuacy, the position of the Sun, Moon and the 5 planets then identified by Greek astronomers, on that future date. In addition, it would show the approximate phase of the Moon, certain solar eclipses to within a couple hours’ accuracy, dates for calendar adjustment and the Calyppic Cycle (most likely used to show when the next Olympic Games were to be held). Not only all this, but it was so accurate that it accounted for leap years, which did not appear in history for at least another 100 years! Basically, this is the world’s first analogue computer. There is also speculation that Archimedes developed early prototypes of the machine, though he died about 80 years before it was actually built. Hublot then decided to rise to the challenge and to build a wristwatch-sized working Antikythera Device and combined it with a 3-hand tourbillon watch to keep time. The single biggest challenge being the miniaturization of a shoebox-sized machine to one that will fit on a wrist! Only 4 pieces will be made of this incredible mechanism. One will be given to the Athens Museum, one to the Musée des Arts et Métiers in France, one for the Hublot Museum and one to be auctioned off to benefit both the Athens Museum and the Musée des Arts et Métiers.
- All Products
- NEW ARRIVALS