Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Uses of Jewels within Timepieces

Craig Duling is a California entrepreneur who serves as CEO of Heritage Management Services, Inc. In terms of hobbies, he has a longstanding interest in collecting antique pocket watches. On his blog site Heritage Pocket Watch, Craig Duling features a wealth of information on vintage and collectible timepieces and archives rare pieces for the sake of historic documentation.

One article on the site explains the non-decorative use of jewels to eliminate friction in watch movements to the maximum extent possible. Smooth and hard, faux rubies used for this purpose are made from ammonia and aluminum, and put through a variety of heat and chemical processes, ultimately resulting in what is known as a boule. The boule then undergoes as many as 50 additional cuts and processes, which ensures that it is as hard and smooth as possible. 

These jewels have a variety of cuts and uses, with timepieces of higher quality often featuring a 17 or more of them throughout the watch mechanism. One key advantage they provide is in enabling the mainspring to be designed in as efficient a manner as possible, which boosts the running times.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors – Craft Competition

An avid collector of pocket watches, Craig Duling serves as the creator of His website allows him to share his interest in timepieces and educate the public about the rich history of clocks and watches. Additionally, Craig Duling is a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). 

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is dedicated to the art and science of timekeeping. Its members work to preserve timepieces and their heritage, provide timepiece education, and pay respect to the long-held tradition of creating mechanical clocks and pocket watches. 

Each year, the NAWCC hosts a national convention in order to celebrate timepieces and the people who love them. Attendees can view and learn more about a wide range of clocks and other horological items at this exciting event.

The convention also features a Crafts Competition, an event for the artists who build, restore, and decorate timepieces. This contest includes 27 categories that cover everything from clock movements to cosmetic details like gold leafing. There is also a special People's Choice Award, that honors attendees favorite timepiece each year.