The Pocket Watch

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Object: The Pocket Watch

Associated Idea(s) (Discrete): The Watch, The Clock

Associated Idea(s) (Homogenized): Timepieces, Time, Instruments of Measure

Emerged circa: Shortly After 1510 AD

Geographical origins: Germany

Cultural heritage: German

Conceiver/Creator (if known): Attributed to Peter Henlein

Brief description: The pocket watch was an interpretive design that offered a condensed and mobile version of many timepieces already available.  It was a pocket-sized device used initially for measuring the hours of the day, exemplified in the Nuremberg Egg.  The concurrent development of coiled springs made the logistics of the pocket watch possible. It was typically carried around in one’s pocket. Some were worn on a chain either on the neck or at the waist.

Historical significance: Timepieces of all shapes and sizes had been in existence prior to Henlein’s contribution and were especially prevalent in Germany, but Henlein is considered to be the first to develop a clock that could be carried on one’s person.

General Impact: Changed the way people thought of and engaged with the concept of time and timepieces.

Offspring: The Wrist Watch

Relatives: Stopwatch, Palm Pilots, Mobile Phones

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