The Hydro-Mechanical Horologists
The water clock or clepsydra is one of the earliest timekeeping methods on record, traced back to the ancient Egyptians in 1500 BC. The water clock was later used by the ancient Greeks in 325 BC and by the Chinese in 725 AD.
Across these disparate countries and eras, the technology of the water clock remained largely the same: a raised stone vessel allowed water to steadily drip into a second vessel. In this outflow system, the passage of time was observed by the change in water levels, marked with measured lines inside the vessel. By not relying on the cosmos or the sun to keep time, the water clock method was a horological breakthrough.
Throughout the centuries, water clocks, naturally, became obsolete—supplanted by new and better ways of tracking the passage of time. However, the Swiss watch brand HYT is taking up the mantle of carrying on this archaic method of time-keeping, re-engineering and reimagining it for the 21st century.