Astrolabium Clock. At the completely other end of the universe from the Big Ben LED and binary clock family of geek toys, lies this throwback reproduction of an 18th century German master crafted timepiece. Sure it can’t give you the weather in Montezuma, but doesn’t art mean anything to you, you poor benighted child of the oughties? $1,499.95.
With its roots in the astrolabes developed by the ancient Greek astronomers to determine the position of the sun and stars, this astrolabium clock does more than simply count off hours, minutes, months, and dates. Crowning this extraordinary precision instrument is a miniature globe of the earth that rotates and revolves around a solid brass sun. Attached to the earths gear assembly is the moon, which maintains its synchronous rotation around the earth (always presenting the same face to land-based observers, depicted by the grey hemisphere). All orbiting bodies move in real time, perfectly synchronized with clocks skeleton quartz movement, 24 solid-brass gears, and differential,