Number of components: 338
Estimated time of assembly: 15 hours
Model size: 30.5*18*16.5 cm
Level : Advanced
For years, Ugears fans around the world clamored for us to create a functional wooden clock model. Together with the gravity powered, wall-mounted Aero Clock, and now the spring-loaded Tourbillon Table Clock, we have doubly delivered! Clocks are complex mechanisms. We bet you never thought you could build your own clock out of wood, and have it keep accurate time! But with Ugears models, you become a creative partner in an amazing mechanical adventure. To create this amazing DIY clock made out of natural wood, our designers and engineers solved complex problems of friction, gearing, tooth strength, torsion of the clock body and tourbillon axles under spring load. Now the challenge is yours, to build it, bring it to life, and become the clockmaker in your own steampunk universe.
The standout feature of this functional and beautiful wooden model table clock is the rotating tourbillon that sits on top. In wrist and pocket watches a tourbillon mechanism helps increase accuracy by counteracting the effects of gravity when the watch is stationary. By seating the escape and balance wheel within a rotating cage, slight errors in timekeeping introduced by the force of gravity are averaged out. In table clocks and wall-mounted clocks a tourbillon often serves a more decorative purpose. This is true of the Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock from Ugears, where the sphere of the tourbillon has been styled to resemble a large telescope observatory scanning the celestial sphere, like those at Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Perhaps it is creating a map of the heavens? Conducting infrared studies? Or maybe searching for new planets or signs of intelligent life?
The first prototype of the tourbillon was developed in 1795 by Abraham-Louis Breguet, who also succeeded in reducing the size of the mechanism and mounting it into a pocket watch. More than a century later, in 1920, the "flying tourbillon" was developed by Alfred Helwig, which opened the mechanism to view by having it mounted on only one side, endowing it with an aesthetic function. Today, there are many variations on the tourbillon mechanism, including single, double and triple axis designs, but what is common to all designs is that they are a daunting engineering challenge, such that a watch featuring a tourbillon will fetch a significantly higher price than models that lack the mechanism. The idea that you can build your own tourbillon out of composite wood, from a DIY model kit, without need of glue or special tools, is kind of amazing, but amazement is what our Ugears customers have come to expect.
The Sky Watcher tourbillon mechanism has three axes of rotation: around the vertical axis of the clock, horizontal axis of the clock, and relative to the central axis of the inner sphere. The wind-up clock operates based on the accumulation of potential energy in a flat spring, and the metered release of this energy. When the model is fully wound it can power the timepiece for approximately 2-3 hours, sufficient for long observation of the mesmerizing mechanism, or to provide a pleasant background ticking clock sound and visual diversion for a period of work or rest. Rather than an all-too-common clock face with hands, we have created additional interest by having the time display placed on reels. The minute reel rotates smoothly with the progress of the tourbillon, while the hour reel marks the passage of time with a percussive mechanism.
Mechanical adventure awaits when you order your Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock, an exciting addition to the Ugears catalogue of 3D puzzles, DIY model kits, automatons, robots, wooden puzzle boxes and STEM Lab model kits. This model kit is definitely not for beginners, but will prove a delightful challenge for more experienced modellers. When assembling your Tourbillon Table Clock, the complexity of the mechanism must be taken into account. Remember, to keep accurate time, your clock requires lubrication and a neat, tidy assembly. Thanks to a balance wheel, the model allows for adjustments to its timekeeping whether the clock is running fast or slow, and of course you can set the current time on the display by turning the reels: minutes first, then hours.
The Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock from Ugears will make a handsome, fascinating addition to any home or office space. Large in conception and design, this remarkable tabletop clock is modest in size, with a tower design that won't take up much of your desk space. Even in its static state, this 3D puzzle clock is a beautiful addition to your decor and a sure-fire conversation piece. It's also a great gift idea. Give this DIY clock kit as a holiday or birthday gift to your favorite hobbyist and present them with a wonderful challenge, or if that hobbyist is you, build it as a magnificent display piece for your own mantle or home office. You could also present a completed Ugears 3D puzzle clock as a special gift to a loved one, giving them a unique, handcrafted piece of art and engineering in which you have invested your time and talents.
The Sky Watcher Tourbillon Table Clock will appeal to night sky watchers, star gazers, amateur astronomers, horologists, clock and watch enthusiasts, experienced model builders, 17th C deists, Isaac Newton stans, and anyone who appreciates superior design or a DIY challenge.