With interviews from top horological experts and the finest watchmakers in the world, 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, much more. All the while, Keeper of Time contemplates the theoretical and physiological notions of time, aging, and human mortality with interviews from cutting-edge scholars in the fields of molecular biology, quantum physics and philosophy.
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Michael Culyba here. I'm the director and producer of Keeper of Time. I've always worn a watch, whether it was the digital Casio I received on my seventh birthday or the Swatch I donned in high school. From there I always aspired to own a "nice" watch. Two years ago on my 43rd birthday I finally made that want a reality and became the proud owner of a nice mechanical wristwatch. 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.
I'm a documentary film editor by trade in New York City and have been editing feature length films for over 16 years. Now I've finally found the subject matter I'm passionate enough about to put all my energy, creativity, and yes time, into the making of my own film – Keeper of Time.
Keeper of Time is filming around the world at such locations as the F.P. Journe atelier (Geneva, Switzerland), The Royal Observatory Museum (Greenwich, London), The U.S. Naval Observatory (Washington, D.C.), The Tiffany Tower Clock (Grand Central Terminal NYC) and many more. Painstakingly captured on camera the film features meticulous close-up shots of exceptional mechanical watches designed and built by the world’s most master craftsmen. Featuring a who’s who of cutting-edge scholars in the fields of molecular biology, quantum physics and philosophy, the film includes interviews with master watchmakers François-Paul Journe, Max Büsser and Roger W. Smith, along with Ben Clymer (Founder/CEO Hodinkee), Dr. Demetrios Matsakis (Chief Scientist of Time Services, U.S. Naval Observatory), Dr. Patrizia Tavella (Director of Time Department, International Bureau of Weights and Measures BIPM) and many others.
We've been filming sporadically in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. since February 2018 and have captured some great interviews and footage:
- François-Paul Journe, Master Watchmaker
- Ben Clymer, Founder/CEO HODINKEE
- William Massena, Watch Collector
- U.S. Naval Observatory Atomic Clocks
- Dr. Demetrios Matsakas, Chief Scientist of Time Services, USNO
- Roland Murphy, Watchmaker/Owner, RGM watch Co.
- Michael Vitiello, Former Clock Master, Grand Central Terminal
- Nicholas Manousos, President, Horological Society of NY
It's a solid start, but in order to complete the film that we have envisioned we need to expand filming well beyond the New York area. The funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will be used to pay for production costs associated with that filming. Here are some confirmed people and locations that we will be filming in the coming months:
In addition to these confirmed locations and interviews, we are also currently looking to secure interviews with a top theoretical physicist specializing in the nature of time, a molecular biologist specializing in our bodies' biological clock mechanisms and an expert on our human perception of time. We have some amazing people in mind!
While we are acquiring the footage described above we will also begin the editing process to develop a rough cut of the film. Any additional funds contributed beyond the Kickstarter goal will be used to pay for the remaining editing, an original musical score, film conform, color grading and final sound mix. In other words, we'll use the money to finish the whole darn thing.
Keeper of Time is currently slated to be completed by October 2019, at which time we will be submitting to international film festivals and actively looking for world-wide distribution across a variety of platforms.
We are offering an array of exciting rewards for all our backers – including exclusive items designed by New York City graphic design studio Small Stuff, as well as one-of-a-kind items generously provided by the watchmakers and notable subjects featured in the film – F.P. Journe, Roger W. Smith and Hodinkee (just to name a few). It's our way of saying THANK YOU!
Keeper of Time DIY Sundial
Note: this version only works in the northern hemisphere, and has varying degrees of accuracy at all times of the year.
Roger W. Smith Letterpress Print
Keeper of Time Tote Bags
Keeper of Time Prints
A series of three premium quality poster prints designed by Small Stuff, featuring diagrams by master watchmakers François-Paul Journe and Roger W. Smith.
Keeper of Time Wall Clocks
HODINKEE Print Magazine • Signed by Founder/CEO Ben Clymer or Editor-In-Chief Jack Forster (Respective HODINKEE Deluxe Packages)
HODINKEE Smooth Leather Watch Pouch (HODINKEE Package)
HODINKEE Grey Canvas and Suede Roll For Six Watches (Jack Forster Deluxe HODINKEE Package)
HODINKEE Leather Travel Tube with Divider (Ben Clymer Deluxe HODINKEE Package)
HODINKEE Silver Spring Bar Tool (HODINKEE Packages)
F.P. Journe’s Sonnerie Souveraine-Grande Sonnerie Book (VIP Luxury Edition) • Signed by watchmaker François-Paul Journe
F.P. Journe's Grande Sonnerie and Répétition Minutes wristwatch is one of the most complex horological creations ever made. Normally exclusively available only to VIP clients and not retailed for sale, this magnificent 90-page book, in three parts, is illustrated with an array of original photographs. It is written by Jean-Claude Sabrier (historical section) and Vincent Daveau (history of the Sonnerie Souveraine). The final section describes the watch’s ten patents, the details of its functions and the art of sublimating mechanism in music. In addition, this luxury edition features an audio system that makes it possible to hear this extraordinary watch strike the hours, the quarters and the minutes. The book's slip cover also holds a DVD with a dynamic animated video revealing the amazing details of the watch's movement.
MB&F Parallel Words Magazine • Signed by watchmaker Maxamilian Büsser
MB&F (Maximilian Büsser & Friends) is an artistic concept laboratory started by master watchmaker Maximilian Büsser to develop radical horological masterpieces. Parallel Worlds magazine brings you what makes MB&F watchmakers’ hearts beat faster – what they create and what they would love to create – in a whirlwind of amazing stories and beautiful photographs that celebrate creativity.
Clocks of New York: An Illustrated History • Signed by Author Chris DeSantis
RGM Watch Co. Eye Loupe
RGM Watch Co. Watchmakers Case Knife
Private Tour of RGM Watch Co. with Watchmaker/Owner Roland Murphy and Filmmaker Michael Culyba
Roland Murphy is the only American watchmaker featured in Keeper of Time and for good reason. His company RGM Watch Co. is the only American watch manufacturer making their own in-house movements in series – the Caliber 20, 801, 801-SW and even a Tourbillon. Take an exclusive private tour of RGM Watch Co. with Roland Murphy himself to see how his exquisite timepieces are manufactured and finished. You’ll even get to try your hand at the decorative craft of guilloché on one of RGM’s antique rose engines. Then talk watches over a gourmet lunch and a few drinks with Roland Murphy and filmmaker Michael Culyba.
Memoria Technica Coloring Book Set – Signed by Brittany Nicole Cox
Brittany Nicole Cox is an Antiquarian Horologist who restores antique automata at her Seattle studio Memoria Technica. This unique coloring book is a compilation of machine-drawn patterns generated by a rose engine. Rose engines are hand-operated machines that were developed in the 16th century and used during the Victorian era for the decorative turning of wood, ivory, metal, and ceramics. The geometry of the patterns is determined by mathematical sequences often associated with sacred geometry and the golden mean. The MADE Ornamental Rose Engine Lathe, a modern machine designed in the tradition of the past, was used to create these patterns.
The front and back cover are pressed with white and silver foil. The binding is spiraled white metal wire, allowing the book to lay flat as you color. In addition to the original patterns, we have added another 17, making 88 unique patterns. Each copy is signed. This book is limited to 300 copies and is handmade in Seattle Washington.
Memoria Technica Spinning Top Set
Special edition spinning top set by Brittany Nicole Cox which includes a nickel silver guilloché spinning top, pencil sharpener, two colored pencils, and handmade and dyed green leather carrying pouch.
Memoria Technica Guilloché Pen & Pencil Set
A guilloché Pen & Pencil set. Cold silvered and lacquered brass, chrome, 24k gold plate, designed by Brittany Nicole Cox.
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Risks and challenges
Kickstarter asks that all reward tiers include a delivery date corresponding to the reward that will be delivered the latest. In the case of our campaign that date is October 2019 which reflects the projected digital delivery of the final film. However, good news! All the other rewards are being delivered much earlier. Hodinkee rewards, RGM rewards, F.P. Journe’s Book Sonnerie Souveraine-Grande Sonnerie, MB&F Parallel World Magazine and Clocks of New York: An Illustrated History are all in stock and signed (when applicable per reward description). These rewards will be shipped immediately ten days after goal is met. The sundial will be available for download by January 2019 – if not sooner. Vendors and printers are secured for all rewards designed by Small Stuff design studio (Letterpress, Tote Bags, Posters and Wall Clocks). Printing will begin by January 2019 and shipped by February 2019–if not sooner. There are minimal risks here––combined, our team has filmed, edited and produced over 30 feature-length documentaries so we know the process pretty well!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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