Hands of Time: A Watchmaker's History of Time

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In Hands of Time watchmaker and historian Rebecca Struthers welcomes us into the hidden world of watchmaking, and to a history of time that spans centuries and continents.

The invention of timepieces was more significant for human culture than the printing press, or even the wheel. They have travelled the world with us, from the depths of the oceans to the summit of Everest, and even to the Moon. They regulate our daily lives and have sculpted the social and economic development of society in surprising and dramatic ways.

From her workshop bench, Rebecca explores the ways in which timekeeping has indelibly shaped our attitudes to work, leisure, trade, politics, exploration and mortality, and introduces us to some extraordinary devices, each with their own story to tell. 
Hands of Time is an intricate exploration of the history, science, philosophy, and craft of timekeeping.


BOOK OF THE WEEK: The sights, smells and sounds of a watchmaker's workshop in Birmingham's jewellery quarter come to life in Rebecca Struthers's fascinating book' ― Daily Mail

'As exquisitely-crafted as a Georgian pocket-watch, this fascinating book weaves the threads of personal memoir with the story of a profession that has until now been almost entirely overlooked. Through the lens of watch-making, a new understanding of our world history emerges. 
Beautifully written and endlessly fascinating, it feels like this was a story waiting to be written.' -- Tracy Borman

As impeccably crafted and precisely engineered as any of the watches on which the author has worked so lovingly over the years, this book is 
a joy to behold and a wonder to enjoy. -- Simon Winchester

A masterpiece. As intricate and impressive as the watches it describes. -- James Fox

From 40,000 year old bone etchings, through the first tick-tock and into the nanoscale atomic world of 21st century clocks, 
Hands of Time is a meticulously written and captivating history. Struthers brings her unique perspective as artisan and engineer to explore both the evolution of mechanisms and the complicated ways in which timekeeping has changed human life: the more we measure this intangible cosmic property, the more precious it becomes. -- Rebecca Wragg Sykes

An enthralling story of time, and of the human passion to understand and control it. Anyone who enjoyed Dava Sobel's Longitude will love it. -- Gavin Francis

As an engineer 
I was enthralled by the intricate mechanisms Dr. Struthers brings to life so vividly. But what really struck me is her personal journey in horology, and her fascinating stories of how timepieces affected society and culture, ultimately shaping our modern lives. -- Roma Agrawal

'The history of timekeeping is treated with a light touch, consisting of 
one fascinating and frequently romantic story after another... She brings the craft of making and repairing watches to life and even the glossary is an engaging read. Be warned, however: if Hands of Time affects you as it has me, you may find yourself taking up what could be an extremely expensive hobby.' ― Country Life

A gripping history of timekeeping that starts with the personal, but then embarks upon a journey spanning centuries of modern humanity, examining how timepieces have shaped us - not just in service to our quotidian lives, but politically and economically, too. With a scope that reaches from prehistoric 40,000-year-old bone etchings recording lunar cycles to the Dutch horological "forgeries" of her thesis, it is all addressed with a lightness of touch that has seen Dr Struthers' debut scoring "Book of the Week" on BBC Radio 4.' ― Mr Porter

Full of tales of royal intrigue and social history, it charts the story of watchmaking through the centuries and reflects on how time affects us all' ― Vogue

 engaging, rewarding book is full of mechanical complexities and wonderfully interesting details. ― Irish Examiner

Skilfully moving between the miniscule world of watchmaking and the sweep of historyHands of Time is an enlightening study. ― Economist


About the Author

Rebecca Struthers is a watchmaker and historian from Birmingham. She co-founded her workshop, Struthers Watchmakers, in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter in 2012. Rebecca and her watchmaker husband, Craig, use heritage equipment and traditional artisan techniques to restore antiquarian pieces and craft bespoke watches. They are among the last handful of watchmakers in the UK making watches from scratch. In 2017, Rebecca became the first watchmaker in British history to earn a PhD in horology. She lives in Staffordshire with Craig, her dog Archie, cats Isla and Alabama, and Morrissey the mouse.




Vazba: měkká
Počet stran: 288
Formát: 15,3 x 23,4 cm
Rok vydání: 2023

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