Author Archives: James Nye - Council Member

New lease of life for a distinguished old gent

    Featured in James Bond’s Skyfall in 2012, the former Port of London Authority building near London’s Tower Hill is undergoing significant change, to become luxury apartments and a hotel, badged 10 Trinity Square. The building was opened in … Continue reading

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War time reflections

    The June centenary of the Archduke’s assassination is behind us, though in July 1914 no one imagined a world war breaking out a month ahead (head to the LMA for a great new exhibition). In May, my talk … Continue reading

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There’s never been a better time for reform!

    A gauntlet has been laid down. Across Europe, thoughtful people are busy working up ingenious ideas for a competition devised over an extraordinary April weekend in southern Germany. Each year, several dozen of the electro-horo-cognoscenti gather in Mannheim-Seckenheim … Continue reading

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Clock world full of cranks?

  Things turn up. Back in 2006, when David Rooney and I were researching the Standard Time Company (STC), we planned a lecture at the Guildhall library. The only surviving early clock we knew of had spent its life at … Continue reading

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Graveyards, clocks and bombs

Things end up in graveyards at the end of their lives, but monuments to the passing of much else can be found in other locations. I live in West Norwood, home to one of the ‘magnificent seven’ London cemeteries.   … Continue reading

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Happiest days of your life?

  Recently we hosted the BHI North London branch at The Clockworks. It was a great visit, filled with observations and anecdotes about life among clocks. Always popular, we looked at the Gent’s ‘waiting train’, or ‘motor pendulum’. A neat … Continue reading

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Can we sex-up the time-recorder?

  We’re used to seeing Hollywood actresses, the latest haute horlogerie on their wrists, gazing at us in dreamy soft focus. But what about the advertisers looking to push horlogerie industrielle? In an earlier blog I presented some pictures from … Continue reading

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When is a wrist watch not a watch?

This article was written by David Read In February 2013 it was leaked that Apple was experimenting with an iWatch. However, six months later and at the time of writing this blog there is still no news from Apple and … Continue reading

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It’s for the birds

    Some pigeon racers were cheats. This was the shocking brief given to the Skymaster Clock team in the 1950s when refining their latest patent racing clock. It was a serious business for the 100,000 registered pigeon fanciers in … Continue reading

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Enicar will do

    Collectors of Enicar watches may be intrigued by a story I recently uncovered. The life of this popular Swiss brand (1913–1988) took in two world wars and the quartz revolution of late 1960s. The name Enicar derives simply … Continue reading

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