Sweeping hands

On most clocks, the second hand ticks in discrete steps. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

On some watches, the second hand ticks in smaller, but still discrete steps. Tick, tick, tick, tick.

On the clock in my room — and some other watches — the second hand sweeps continuously. Silently, and continuously.

When the second hand sweeps continuously instead of discretely, time feels less regular. It feels more relative, as you watch the hand slowly approach the next number. Of course, this can be recreated in the digital world quite easily, but it’s a lot more special when a mechanical device performs this function in the real world.

It’s so much cooler, too.

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.