The new Saturn Stopwatches website is here!

New Saturn Stopwatches Website

Have you visited the Saturn Stopwatches website recently?

If so, you will have noticed some changes!

That’s right, we’ve completely refreshed the site and made it easier than ever before to find a stopwatch that’s right for you. You’ll still be able to buy the same great stopwatches from Seiko, Fastime and Quantum, but we’ve modernised the look and layout to make it fresh and fully mobile and tablet friendly.

We’d love to hear what you think to the new website – so please let us know.

Try Something New! 30 Day Challenges

Calendar

30 day challenges are becoming increasingly popular. If you’ve never heard of a ’30 day challenge’ before, it is simply the process of trying or doing something new for thirty consecutive days.

NaNoWriMo (Writing a Novel in a month), Movember (growing a moustache or beard during November) and Dryathlon (giving up alcohol in January) are popular mainstream challenges – but 30 day challenges can actually be whatever you choose them to be.

One of the benefits of 30 day challenges is that activities are more likely to become habit after you’ve been doing them for 30 days. If you find that you enjoy a challenge, you may naturally incorporate it into your everyday life. If not, you’re only doing it for a short period of time and you’ve experienced something new.

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How to fit exercise into your busy life

With the New Year well and truly underway, you may have (reluctantly!) decided that you need to shift a few excess pounds or simply improve your health and fitness for 2015. But with most of us juggling such hectic lifestyles, how do you fit exercise into your daily routine….?

Here are a few ideas to get you started! (see more at www.nhs.uk/LiveWell)

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The Most Complicated Watch in the World

Henry Graves Supercomplication

Supercomplication, Patek Philippe, 1932.

As 2014 ticks to a close, we take a look at an absolutely stunning timepiece that last month went to auction at Sotheby’s in Geneva.

With its intricate design and incredible array of features, the Supercomplication is a truly magnificent and beautiful piece of horological engineering.

Sold at Sotheby’s for £13.4m in November 2014, the Henry Graves Supercomplication is a handmade watch commissioned by Graves in 1925. It has now set a record price for any timepiece sold at auction.

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Rosetta spacecraft aims to make history after 10 year voyage

Rosetta Spacecraft

On Wednesday the 12th of November 2014 – shortly after 8am, the European Space Agency (ESA) will attempt to make history. Their Rosetta spacecraft is ready to undertake the next phase of its incredible mission – to launch its robotic lander packed with scientific instruments onto the surface of a comet.

Today, we take a look at Rosetta’s fantastic voyage to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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The World’s Longest Running Laboratory Experiment

Pitch Drop ExperimentIt’s amazing what can happen, given enough time. For instance, could something solid act like a liquid, if left long enough?

In today’s blog post we look at the World’s Longest-Running Laboratory Experiment and find out how time (and gravity) has dropped this 87 year long (and counting) experiment into the Guinness world record books.

In 1927, Thomas Parnell from the University of Queensland, Australia created an experiment to demonstrate the fluidity of seemingly solid materials.

Parnell wanted to show that ‘pitch’, a tough and solid, tar like substance that was traditionally used to help caulk the seams of wooden sailing boats, could actually behave in a similar manner to an extremely slow moving liquid.

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World War I and the First Wristwatch

WW1 Watch

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. In today’s blog post, we look at how wrist watches became essential pieces of equipment for officers in the trenches and the subsequent shift to fashion accessory after the war ended.

The “wrist-let” was a type of watch that was used by the military during World War I because traditional pocket watches were not practical for use in combat. Although originally viewed as a woman’s accessory, the wrist-let evolved into a timepiece called the Trench Watch, which was one of the first designs incorporating features from both pocket watches and wrist watches.

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Timeless inventions: Self-winding watches and pedometers

Abraham-Louis Perrelet (1729-1826)

Abraham-Louis Perrelet           (born 1729, died 1826)

In today’s blog post, we take a look at the life of the man responsible for bringing us self-winding pocket watches and pedometers. A master watchmaker and brilliant inventor, Abraham-Louis Perrelet.

Watchmaker Perrelet was born in Switzerland in 1729 and was the inventor of a self-winding pocket-watch mechanism, which is still used in modern wristwatches.

Designed to wind itself, an oscillating weight inside the watch would move up and down as the owner moved, winding the mainspring and turning the gears to move the hands.

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The Clock That’s Never Been Wound…

Beverly Clock

The Beverly Clock

Wrist watches powered by the conversion of kinetic motion to electrical energy have been around for nearly 30 years, but did you know that clocks powered by the atmosphere itself have been around for significantly longer?

In today’s blog post, we’ll delve into the fascinating world of atmospheric clocks and find out just how they can keep on ticking!

The original ‘Beverly’ Clock can be found on the 3rd floor of the Department of Physics at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Remarkably, the clock is still running although it’s never been wound since it was first made by Arthur Beverly in 1864!

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