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27 December 2006

hey! CH! can't you get the time right on your clocks???

Rock Crystal Clock by Joost Bürgi,
Swiss clockmaker (Europe's best)
and co-discoverer of logarithms.

Prague circa 1623
Gilt brass, silver, rock crystal
mechanism: brass
height: 18.6 cm

I Didn't Know What Time It Was

music: Richard Rodgers
lyrics: Lorenz Hart
1939


I didn't know what time it was
then I met you.
Oh, what a lovely time it was,
How sublime it was too!

I didn't know what time it was
you held my hand.
Warm like the month of May it was,
and I'll say it was grand.

Grand to be alive, to be young,
to be mad, to be yours alone!
Grand to see your face, feel your touch,
hear your voice say I'm all your own.

I didn't know what time it was
live was no prize.
I wanted love and here it was
shining out of your eyes.

I'm wise,
and I know what time it is now.

* * *

Okay, what's the most famous industry in Switzerland, huh?

Clocks! Watches! Time! Zeit! le Temps! Tempo!

So anyway

The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH

has this website of a World Clock.

What time is it anywhere on Earth? Wherever you are, they got a clock with your Time!

Sometimes.

Not so good this morning with my clock, so I have e-mailed them:

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uhhhh ... your World Time Zone Map ... It says New York is 08:47 right now ... but ... I'm in that zone and it's 09:47 . You're an hour slow for my zone.

Please fix, or people could miss their ferry like I almost did in Helsinki.

Merci / Danke / Grazie

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Actually the World Clock is worse than that this morning. If you have a date with Lindsay Lohan tonight, don't rely on this World Clock or you'll be way late. Or way early.

How do *I* know what time it is? I got one of them nifty Atomic Clocks on the wall, what decodes the official radio Time Signal from the US Government! And they Never Lie and Never Get Anything Wrong!

And now let the Federation that can't get the time right speak for itself:

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The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, with its headquarters in Bienne, is the Swiss watch industry's leading trade association.

We are a private, professional, and non-profit association, currently bringing together more than 500 members representing more than 90% of all Swiss watch manufacturers (finished products, watch movements, components, etc.).

We have, among others, as our mission

* to contribute to the development of the Swiss watch industry

* to establish a permanent link between its members to promote their joint interests

* to represent the Swiss watch industry in dealing with the Swiss, foreign and international authorities and economic organisations

* to protect the interests of its members in the drafting of national and foreign legislation, as well as during international negotiations to defend its members' interests by means of legal proceedings.

* As a meeting place for our members, we strive to provide common interests, to coordinate the policy wishes of the industry and to help conditions in the foreign markets to provide optimal benefits for the watch business.

* Our organization is also designed to provide its members with a very large range of services in the legal, economic and commercial fields. It acts as a priviliged entity when dealing with the authorities, the media and the public in general, both in Switzerland and abroad. Our chief antennae in the world (permanent offices) are located in Hong Kong and Japon.

© Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH 1997 - 2006
All Rights reserved.
Rue d'Argent 6, CH-2502 Bienne, Switzerland
Tel. +41 (0)32 328 08 28, Fax +41 (0)32 328 08 80

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Last update : March 23, 2005

1 comment:

patproudlyfromCH said...

as a swiss citizen I feel slightliy offended !!! Now that clock is ok, I checked it. The difference between Bern and NYC should be six hours in any case, even considerintg the fact tha centraul yrup has winter time !
Check this one, i use it at the office on a daily basis (and it has nifty graphics, too)
http://www.timeticker.com/
Repent ! Repent ! Said The Tick Tock Man !