These charming pendants are the most three-dimensional of our working wearable sundials. This "equinoctial" model originally derived from the "armillary", a fixed spherical device that was used to teach basic astronomy. Our Explorers are handcrafted in sterling silver by the finest of Quebec craftsmen. Can be custom ordered in mixed silver and gold, and gold in 10, 14, or 18 or 22 karats.
How They Work
Push the inner ring so it's perpendicular to the outer ring. Then turn the outer ring to line up your latitude with the tiny notch below the loop. Align the upper part of the bar to face north, and the shadow on the inner ring tells the time!
In 1777 the Marquis de Lafayette presented a silver Explorer-type dial to George Washington as a token of his admiration and desire to fight by his side in the American Revolution. The Explorer was particularly popular with explorers and ship captains as it takes into account the latitude as well as the angle of the sun to give a more accurate reading.