Watch enthusiasts and collectors who have long bemoaned the lack of good horology-themed books or documentaries, please pay attention. You now have the opportunity to back an exciting new project titled Keeper of Time - a full length documentary film that features interviews with top horology experts - that is currently seeking backers on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Directed and produced by Michael Culyba, a New York City-based film editor, Keeper of Time “delves into the world of timekeeping by examining the planets and stars above, the astonishing engineering of mechanical watches, the sophisticated atomic clocks that keep our modern world running and much more”. The documentary also contemplates the theoretical and physiological notions of time, aging, and human mortality with interviews from scholars in the fields of molecular biology, quantum physics and philosophy.
The project began when Culyba purchased his first “nice” watch two years ago on his 43rd birthday. “I was instantly struck by the extraordinary engineering and craftsmanship that went into the making this mechanical timepiece. This initial curiosity soon led to an interest in the history of horology itself – the story of how and why mankind pursued (and continues to pursue) the measurement of time and the human ingenuity behind the amazing machines built to further that pursuit,” says Culyba on the Kickstarter campaign page.
The documentary is filming around the world at locations like the F.P. Journe atelier in Geneva (yes, the master watchmaker appears in the film), the Royal Observatory Museum in Greenwich, the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. and the Tiffany Tower Clock (Grand Central Terminal NYC) and many more.
Notable appearances from luminaries like Max Büsser, Roger W. Smith, Dr. Demetrios Matsakis (Chief Scientist of Time Services, U.S. Naval Observatory), and Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer, punctuate the documentary. The film is currently slated to be completed by October 2019 and the filmmakers hope to submit it to international film festivals and distribute it across a variety of platforms.
As we write this, the project has achieved $82,445 of its target $100,000 funding with 7 days to go. If you wish to back this project, head to the project’s Kickstarter page now.