Monday, March 9, 2009

Gold Enameled Watch

19c ottoman gold enameled watch
Historians and economists included, many tried to explain what triggered industrialization and why it failed to emerge in various regions of the world. Let me throw in my explanation:

The concept of time.

How we perceived time, or passing of it, was a crucial factor for mass production and specialization. Societies that had a relaxed understanding of time failed (now, this failure is subjective) to evolve from agricultural to industrial countries.

A souvenir from 19th century, a gold enameled watch: the ultimate instrument of precision timing and coordination.

Radius: 5.5 cm
Estimated value: $ 10,000

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