I went to the Clockmakers’ Museum the other day.
I loved it. You’re not really supposed to take pictures, but I managed to take this one on the sly.
Having all these amazing timepieces in front of you, you can’t help but be struck by a few thoughts.
- Lots are fundamentally the same. On the surface, it’s the size and fashions and different utilities that differentiate them.
- The innovations that have driven horology on are (figuratively and physically) tiny. Most of us would miss them without some finely tuned extra insight to point them out.
- Despite the above, the inner workings feel like they are almost made to be exposed. See the clockwork and you appreciate the clock or watch like a toy or a model. Something that someone has lovingly crafted and considered. While the outsides are lovely, the insides are all the more beautiful for the fact they have form and function.
- Once you understand the conventions of the timepiece, you start to appreciate the horological in-jokes and experiments like the mystery watch in the picture.
We should expose the inner workings more often in more things, I think. Understanding how is something you’re never finished doing. Sort of like how Leila talks about the correlation of possibility and interestingness.