Today I took my first horology class. The teacher and the others students are nice old people and it was really exciting. During the first months, we’ll work with comtoise clocks*, then mantel clocks, then I don’t know, then pocket watches. By July, I could even be able to make some automatons yay!
*Their production began in 1680, by farmers in eastern France, during winter. At first they had only one hand (for the hours) and were pretty accurate - well, less than a sundial but, you know, having this new time-thingy technology at home, what a delight! - and very solid.
Soon they became very popular and unique, as artisans liked to custom and “complicate” them, even if they remained rather cheap. People often offered them as wedding gifts and, since they were robust, they were inherited by the next generations.
In the XIXth century, about 60,000 of these clocks were made each year, and well exported. Then *poof*, their production stopped in 1915. A kind of revival took place between the 1970′s and 2010, something like 12,000 made each year; nowadays, they’re collector’s stuff.