The theory of Clockwork Universe states that the whole world operates on the laws of mechanics and this wood model kit demonstrates that beautifully. These principles – clear, pure, precise – are the foundation of the universe, as we know it. This wind-up clock mechanism is rotated on three axes : vertical, horizontal and relative to the central axis of the inner sphere. Potential energy, which is accumulated in a flat spring, is then gradually released, making the clock tick for up to 3 hours at a time. To highlight the originality of the model, the time is shown on minute and hour reels, instead of a conventional hand mechanism. The smooth movement of the minute reel is complemented by a percussive mechanism of the hour reel. The tourbillon – which is a central and eye-catching element of this model – is sometimes used to minimize the effects of gravity. The Sky Watcher Tourbillon is positioned on the top of the model and resembles a huge telescope, scanning the night sky for any unsolved mysteries out there!
Abraham-Louis Breguet constructed the prototype of the tourbillon in 1795. He was also able to make the mechanism much smaller, fitting it into a watch, which could be carried around in a pocket. Alfred Helwig introduced the ‘flying tourbillon’ in 1920. His mechanism was mounted on one side, which meant it was easier to see its mechanical beauty. These days there are multiple variations of varying complexity, but the possibility to assemble one with your own hands must be exciting! Like in all Ugears models, no glue or special tools are required – just the included pre-cut wooden pieces and detailed color manual to guide you!
This 338 piece model kit is rated a difficulty level of hard. Completed model size is 12″x7.1″x6.5″. Recommended for ages 14+.
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