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Hublot’s “Anticythera”
National Archaeological Museum of Athens

National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Hublot’s movement “Homage to the Machine of Anticythera,” has been installed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens next to the vestiges of the original treasure, the Anticythera mechanism that was retrieved from the sea in 1901.

The Anticythera mechanism (a proto-computer) has been dated to the Second century BC. It was meant to describe different solar and lunar cycles as well as planetary movements with great precision.

It is the first time that an archaeological museum has invited a timepiece manufacturer to exhibit a movement amid its archaeological collections. The main goal of this initiative is to showcase human ingenuity and creativity. According to Jean-Claude Biver, Chairman of Hublot, only four movements “Anticythera” will be produced. A piece will be exhibited at the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, the second at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, the third one will be sold for the proceeds to benefit that museum and the conservation of the original mechanism of Anticythera. Finally, the fourth piece will be preserved at Hublot, at the Suisse manufacturer next to the other exceptional models that the company has already produced.

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