A Technical Perspective – Beyond the hour hand, other ways to display the time
The circular motion of hands has been widely adopted for the use of displaying time for centuries. No doubt it was first inspired by the movement of sundials’ shadow. Like these, early mechanical clocks showed only hours, before the invention of the minute hand. There are however a number of other ways to indicate the hours in mechanical wristwatches. These alternatives offer endless possibilities for watchmakers to express their creativity, with different time displays often involving complex mechanical developments, which in turn opens up a world of bold unorthodox designs capable of exploring time indication beyond the hour hand… This installment of A Technical Perspective will look at the other ways to display the time.