Estimated time of assembly: 15 hours
The Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock is a fascinating combination of imaginative celestial observatory and functional table clock. The standout feature of this functional and beautiful wooden model table clock is the rotating tourbillon that sits on top. In wrist and pocket watches a tourbillon mechanism helps increase accuracy by counteracting the effects of gravity when the watch is stationary. By seating the escape and balance wheel within a rotating cage, slight errors in timekeeping introduced by the force of gravity are averaged out. In table clocks and wall-mounted clocks a tourbillon often serves a more decorative purpose. This is true of the Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock from Ugears, where the sphere of the tourbillon has been styled to resemble a large telescope observatory scanning the celestial sphere, like those at Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Perhaps it is creating a map of the heavens? Conducting infrared studies? Or maybe searching for new planets or signs of intelligent life?
The Sky Watcher tourbillon mechanism has three axes of rotation: around the vertical axis of the clock, horizontal axis of the clock, and relative to the central axis of the inner sphere. The wind-up clock operates based on the accumulation of potential energy in a flat spring, and the metered release of this energy. When the model is fully wound it can power the timepiece for approximately 2-3 hours, sufficient for long observation of the mesmerizing mechanism, or to provide a pleasant background ticking clock sound and visual diversion for a period of work or rest. Rather than an all-too-common clock face with hands, we have created additional interest by having the time display placed on reels. The minute reel rotates smoothly with the progress of the tourbillon, while the hour reel marks the passage of time with a percussive mechanism.
This model kit is definitely not for beginners, but will prove a delightful challenge for more experienced modellers. When assembling your Tourbillon Table Clock, the complexity of the mechanism must be taken into account. Remember, to keep accurate time, your clock requires lubrication and a neat, tidy assembly. Thanks to a balance wheel, the model allows for adjustments to its timekeeping whether the clock is running fast or slow, and of course you can set the current time on the display by turning the reels: minutes first, then hours.
The Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock will appeal to night sky watchers, star gazers, amateur astronomers, horologists, clock and watch enthusiasts, experienced model builders, 17th C deists, Isaac Newton stans, and anyone who appreciates superior design or a DIY challenge.