Easter of Christ computus clock
Konstantin emphasises the straightforwardness of his design: “What makes this structure great is its elegance. The computus with a hand pointer is easily readable and can be implemented in any size—the date of Easter is clearly visible. The downside here is the energy required to make it all work, plus the need to design, finish, decorate, assemble, and adjust three hundred components. The movement of the first computus clock had to switch two levers once a year, which meant just a few components were required given the two additional programming discs.” Today’s beliefs in haute horlogerie suggest that the simplicity of the structure should be regarded as a weakness; however, from a technical, engineering point of view, the simplicity of Chaykin’s first computus clock was its main advantage. Looking at Konstantin’s first computus clock in terms of the difficulty of the algorithm, the solution has to be regarded as brilliant. He filed the application in June 2005 and obtained patent RU2306618 in January 2007 Patent RU2306618 became the first in Chaykin’s series of patents that as of the end of 2020 numbered 85, along with 62 officially registered descriptions of utility models. It should be noted that from the very beginning of his career as an independent horologist, he has decided to focus on embodying his own inventions rather than reproducing and reinterpreting inventions and designs of famous horologists of the past.
The complications of the Easter of Christ Computus Clock
- Computus—mechanical positional indication of Orthodox Easter date according to the Gregorian and Julian calendars.
- Perpetual calendar with automatic adjustment according to the months’ durations and the leap year cycle.
- Date indicator.
- Day of the week indicator.
- Month indicator with leap year cycle indication.
- Four-digit year indicator (up to year 9999).
- Moon phase and age of Moon indicator.
- One-minute tourbillon.
|Case:||Piece unique 220 × 120 × 120 mm|
|Materials:||Gold-plated brass, glass|
|Number of parts:||365|
|Half-wave frequency:||18 000 semi-oscillations per hour|
|Power reserve:||14 days|