The director of manufacturing and research and development of Hublot uses the ‘archaeological’ machinery of ancient civilizations as inspiration for the research and development of Hublot to create the Hublot ‘Antiques Cila’ equipped with this concept movement. The watch pays tribute to the historical legend represented by the world’s first mechanical masterpiece, and is presented at the 2012 Basel show!
The Antikythera mechanism is one of the most mysterious discoveries in the history of human civilization. To this day, it is widely known and thoroughly studied by the scientific community. But when it was first discovered in 1901, the huge historical and technical value contained in it was still a mysterious unknown mystery. In the theoretical framework of the experts at the time, there was no concept of machines that could be manufactured in ancient Greek and Roman times. Therefore, those obscure people who are not scientists claim that this masterpiece of human beings unearthed from Antiochila came from extraterrestrial origin, and its sole purpose of being sent to earth was to pollute water sources.
Mechanical gear system shows a mathematical perspective on the universe
The Antiochila device is not a timepiece, because the ancient Greeks’ experience of time is very different from ours today. The Antikythera device is a true map of the universe (a machine depicting the universe), more precisely a map of the moon (a machine describing the cycle of the moon’s movement), which is highly accurate and capable of displaying multiple astronomical cycles, including The Metonic Cycle (named after the Greek astronomer Meton Meton, 19 years as a cycle equal to 235 new moons), the Callippic Cycle (named after the Greek astronomer Callippus, 76 years) One cycle, equal to 940 New Moons or 4 Mewdo cycles), and can correct all errors. The Antikythera device can also indicate the Saros Cycle (223 rosary months, equal to a little over 18 years) and the Exeligmos Cycle (equal to 3 Salo cycles, or 54 years) specifically used to predict eclipses. ).
The ability to compile such vast amounts of astronomical data together to create a mathematical model capable of summarizing these cycles using mechanical gear systems is itself a shocking proof of the theoretical capabilities of ancient scholars and engineers. Given that a computer is a machine capable of generating data different from the input content, the Antikythera device has actually become the first mechanical computer known today. This is exactly a thousand years before the extraordinary scale of the medieval European cities.
The first watch inspired by archeological discoveries
In 2008, the scientific journal Nature reported the results of a tomographic analysis of fragments of the Antikythera device. This report greatly stimulated the imagination of some less conservative watchmakers. Mathias Buttet, director of manufacturing and R & D for Hublot, hopes to pay high respects to the historical legend represented by the world’s first mechanical masterpiece. Scientific analysis reveals the technical contribution and miniature craftsmanship contained in the entire Antiochila device, which will now be perfectly reflected on the wrist by watchmakers. This is also a tribute to the art of watchmaking, because it adds a new dimension of time to this astronomical calculator: giving the mechanical ability of a timer to accurately measure time.
This is the first time in history that the watchmaking R & D department directly draws inspiration from the archaeological machinery of ancient civilizations in this way. This is also the first time in the history of the watch industry. The watchmaking team has worked closely with a team of scientists that include world-class archaeologists, inscriptions and mechanical engineering historians. The watchmaker helped archaeologists better understand the operation of some gear systems, and thereby confirm some of the mechanical assumptions. Scientists shared with watchmakers some ancient scientific and technological methods that have been lost to date (especially circular gears with non-linear cycles).
Ancient mechanical engineers possessed the absolute ability to make such highly efficient bronze gear systems, which opened up a whole new perspective on their philosophical relationship with technological progress and the status of the machine. In turn, this relationship will cause us to reflect and question our relationship with modern machines and gadgets.