Since its discovery over a century ago, the Antikythera Mechanism
has had scholars scratching their heads over how the Greeks managed to build a mechanical computer a hundred years before the birth of Christ and thousands of years before anything similar. But now things have become even stranger as researchers claim that it's over a hundred years older than previously believed and may have been built by a famous hand.
Last year, Hublot hit Baselworld 2012 with its limited edition Antikythera watch
inspired by the Antikythera mechanism
– a 2100 year old analog computer found off the shores of Crete that is considered the first "astronomical calculator." The company has kept the ball rolling at this year's Baselworld with another Antikythera device, this time in the form of the MP-08 Antikythera SunMoon watch.
Late last year we ran a story on the mysterious Antikythera mechanism
- and Hublot's attempt to recreate it in wristwatch form. The article went on to be one of the highest rating Gizmag stories of all time due to its thoroughly remarkable subject and the fascinating adventure story that brought this piece of ancient genius into the modern world. The wristwatch version looked pretty snappy, too - and if you wanted to get your hands on one, here's your chance! Only four have been built, with three headed to various European museums, but the fourth is up for auction. We doubt it will go cheap.
Why on Earth would you want to strap one of these to your wrist? It barely tells the time, and it can't take pictures, tweet or connect to your Facebook. In fact, very few people would have the faintest idea what it is, or why you'd want one at all. But for those that do recognize its intricate gears and dials, this tiny, complex piece of machinery tells a vivid and incredible tale. It's a story of gigantic scientific upheaval, of adventure and shipwreck on the high seas, of war and death. A story of amazing intellect, lost riches and impossible chance - a sunken treasure that Jaques Cousteau once described as "more valuable than the Mona Lisa" - and it's connected with an ancient celebrity whose star shone so brightly that he's still a household name more than 2200 years after his death... Read on!