How Does a Quartz Clock Work?

We have previously spoken about the intricate workings of a carriage clock or Grandfather clock and delved into the careful cleaning of a pocket watch, but one area we haven’t yet explored is quartz. Whilst not something spotted in antique clocks, it’s been around since the 1920s and began the transition from mechanical clocks to battery-operated. For many of us, our watches, and indeed our clocks are built with a quartz mechanism. Have you ever wondered how it works though? In this edition of our blog, we explain. What is a quartz clock? A quartz clock, in appearance, may look [...]

How to Clean a Carriage Clock

A carriage clock is an ornate, beautiful piece of timekeeping majesty and one that requires a specific amount of care to not only have it running as it should but looking as it should too. A few months back, we looked into the history of the carriage clock and explained how this now famous, ornamental and often gifted clock came to be in the 19th century. Often imitated, antique carriage clocks are still found, but perhaps not in the same numbers they were before. This leads to those lucky enough to own one from the 1800s/1900s taking more care of [...]

How to Service a Grandfather Clock

The elegant Grandfather Clock has been dutifully standing in hallways, living rooms and public spaces since the late 1600s. Today, we see them as classic and ornate timepieces and find them in the homes of more than just the rich and noble as they were 400 years ago. Not suited to every house type and certainly no longer made with the same intricacy that they were in their pomp, Grandfather Clocks or Longcase Clocks as you may see them called, are more limited in number than ever. The few high-quality Grandfather Clocks that still exist require careful servicing to ensure [...]

How to Wear a Pocket Watch with a Waistcoat

The pocket watch and waistcoat are synonymous with the iconic and classic, British gentleman's style. Made famous the world over by figures that have spanned generations on both the silver screen and in reality, it is a look that is certain to remain timeless. Getting the look right though is something not all manage to pull off. The wrong watch with the wrong waistcoat is just part of the concern. How you add the watch to your waistcoat is the potential game changer. Getting the correct fusion of style is essential to ensuring that your timepiece and your clothing work [...]

How to Change the Time on a Pocket Watch: A Comprehensive Guide

The pocket watch is a timepiece that for years, was seen as an accessory only for the wealthy, but over time, a more wide-ranging ownership came to be seen. Invented in 1510 by German locksmith Peter Henlein, the pocket watch was a neck watch in its earliest iterations, but gradual design changes and uses of other materials led to the watch becoming very similar to how we see it today. Henlein continued to design and manufacture pocket watches until the 16th Century by which time manufacturing had spread across the continent.  The rich and noble showing them off as [...]


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