Timepieces for the New Year

One year ends and another begins
Our preoccupation with time never ceases
Seconds, minutes, hours captured
By timepieces across the ages
With mechanical gears, grains of sand, and fading sunlight
We calculate the moments of our lives
How long we have
To think, to feel, to dream is
An unknown fraction of eternity.

Hourglass Panta Rhei, Ybbsitz

By Herzi Pinki (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The hourglass Panta Rhei was built during the Ferraculum 2000 at Ybbsitz [in Austria]. Work was guided and lead by Alfred Habermann.

Clock Boy

By malias (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

A boy working as a “clock boy” on the streets of Merida, Mexico.

Traveller’s timepiece, made by Conrad Kanner, Nuremberg, 17th century – National Museum of Finland – DSC04261

By Daderot (Daderot) [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Exhibit in the National Museum of Finland, Helsinki, Finland. Photography was permitted in the museum without restriction. Artwork is in the public domain because the artist(s) died more than 70 years ago.

Franz Schmit – Mandolin-Shaped Watch – Walters 5834 – Front Open

Walters Art Museum [Public domain, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

This mandolin-shaped watchcase was probably produced in Switzerland, whereas the movement is Austrian. Swiss watches at this time were known for their novel shapes.

Date: between 1830 and 1835

Cupola Sundial

By John Carmichael (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

This is a rare four-sided porcelain sundial cupola by sundial maker and designer John Carmichael located on top of his house in Tucson Arizona.

I hope you have a Happy New Year! 🙂


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