Every horological enthusiast should be enthralled by Tohoku University of Art and Design student Suzuki Kango’s astounding hand-carved wooden automaton clock. With over 400 moving parts, Suzuki’s senior thesis exhibition project uses four magnetic stylus pens on a magnetic drawing board to mechanically write the full time every minute in 24-hour format – and it is a work of art.
Watching his viral Twitter video, you will see a beautifully complicated-looking mechanical contraption quietly ticking away, with “06:19” somewhat crudely scrawled on a white board in the center. A few seconds into the video, and the entire structure comes to life, the white board is cleared, and mechanical arms scratch out the time “06:20.” Then, in most likelihood, you restart the video to see it happen again, because it truly is that amazing.
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