A lot of the watchmakers I know grew up playing with LEGO, or a similar constructible variation, like MegaBlocks or Meccano. Even modern mechanical watchmaking gurus, like Greubel-Forsey, admit to using these sorts of basic building constructs. The first physical prototype of their 30° double incline tourbillon was created using Meccano. Perhaps it’s the logic of the way each piece fits into another that draws watchmakers to it. Or maybe it’s the creative thrill of constructing something meaningful and complex from tens or hundreds of tiny and otherwise simple components.
Having paid numerous visits to variations of LEGO Land growing up and as a subscriber to a monthly LEGO club newsletter into my early teenage years, I’ve seen a lot of pretty complex LEGO constructions. While some of those constructions still remain aesthetically impressive, the historical merit and horological complexity of this next piece leaves all of them in the dust. I’ve seen giant, mechanical LEGO clocks before, we’ve even mentioned LEGO watches and grandfather clocks here on the blog in the past, but never did I imagine someone would ever recreate Antikythera, the famous Greek astronomical clock, out of LEGO. Thanks to modern x-ray technology, computer aided design, and one very dedicated Apple Engineer, however, it’s been achieved.
You can catch the full 1500 LEGO Technic parts in action in the video below. For more on Andrew Carol’s impressive feat, enjoy this interview with the maker via FastCoDesign or dive behind the scenes with more video coverage at Digital-Science.com.