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Sattler Classica Secunda 1985: A Must-Have Ultra-Luxury Object Or Simply The Ultimate Geek Toy?

An appreciation for inherent value and superior timeless aesthetics culminated with my first personal encounter with the Sattler Classica Secunda 1985, a rare modern precision pendulum clock. It adorned the hallway of the former Chronoswiss headquarters in Munich, Germany where I was working at the time. Upon sight, the immediate conviction overcame me that one day I would have to own one of these stunning marvels of wall art. Let me tell you why.

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Science Fiction Incarnate: Frank Buchwald’s Nixie Machine For MB&F

When you think of fantasy and science fiction, what do you think of? I sometimes allow my imagination to drift into the paranormal and early twentieth-century years of discovery. This is the world that inspired the creation of Frank Buchwald’s latest creation for the M.A.D. Gallery, which is, of course, the Nixie Machine, a fantabulous clock featuring rare and giant Nixie tubes produced in the 1960s by the state-owned RFT in East Germany. I can imagine this clock in a variety of fictional settings from the worlds of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and even Isaac Asimov.

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Urwerk And The Gustave Sandoz Clock That Doesn’t Tell The Time

In Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity, the great man introduced the concept of “spacetime: henceforth, space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.” Which segues nicely into the discovery of a clock by Gustave Sandoz that doesn’t tell the time: it tells distance.