Wrist Watch clock
You've probably seen a so-called "atomic watch", which is actually a simple quartz watch that sets itself by synching with a distant atomic clock via satellite or terrestrial radio signals. Here we have something else entirely, the Bathys Cesium 133, which actually contains a microchip housing a tiny atomic clock in the watch itself. This is a world first, and while the Cesium 133 is still in prototype stages, the makers are selling the first 10 pieces via Kickstarter as a way to get the watch into production. It pushes accuracy to a whole new level, keeping time to one second in 1, 000 years.
We might think of a second as a particular number of beats of a balance wheel or vibrations of a quartz crystal, but the true scientific definition of a second is 9, 192, 631, 770 vibrations of a cesium 133 atom. Inside the Bathys Cesium 133 is a Ronda 509 quartz movement that has been fitted with a CSAC (Chip Sized Atomic Clock) chip to act as the regulator. It runs for up to 36 hours on a rechargeable battery, depending on the operating mode, and once set it will theoretically remain accurate to one second in every 1, 000 years (it's not exactly possible to test this in the field).
The rendering up top is what the production pieces purchased through the Kickstarter will look like, while here we have the most current prototype. There's no getting around the fact that the Bathys Cesium 133 is massive – it's closer to a VHS tape than a standard watch – but if you're buying one it's not exactly for its wearability. This is a new frontier in personal timekeeping and the futuristic vibe is certainly appropriate.
Bathys isn't new to the watch game (you can see its other creations here), but this type of wrist-worn timekeeper is a world first. In the video on the Kickstarter page, creator Dr. John Patterson, expresses his surprise that his team was able to develop this ahead of Swiss competitors. He also expresses optimism that this technology could become commonplace in the relatively near future and we'll be curious to see where things go from here. These first ten atomic watches could be the beginning of something big.