A Time for Tea

The first moments of wakefulness in the Edwardian bedroom may have been prompted by the family maid striking a match to light a fire in the grate, before setting a small tea tray on the bedside table, on which stood the newly available electric light. The arrival of electricity in...

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Russian Watchmaking

The oldest watchmaking factory in Russia, Petrodrovets, has the distinction of being founded by Peter the Great in 1721 when armed with knowledge from his visits to London he established workshops in the Royal Palace in Saint Petersberg. It evolved in 1962 into the brand  “ Raketa” (rocket).They have their...

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The watchmaking tradition of Glashütte

To the east of Dresden, lies the town of Glashütte which is acknowledged as the major center of watchmaking in Germany. It differs in character from the cities of Augsburg and Nuremberg, famous for their medieval prowess in clock and watchmaking, in that it became successful in the 19th century....

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Horology: The Antikythera Gear Wheel

Horology: The Antikythera Gear Wheel

The discovery of a shipwreck by sponge divers off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera in 1900, lead to the recovery of a large collection of sculpture and bronze artefacts. When these were examined at the National Museum of Archeology in Athens, the items included a ‘fossil’ featuring, what...

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