Technical Perspective: Movements, Lignes, And Prime Marks
Sometimes you discover things out in the most fascinating manners. A short time back, that robust of rightness on the whole matters orthographic, Mr. Stephen J. Pulvirent, asked me, with regards to a story in format for the following issue of the HODINKEE Magazine – indeed, it’s coming – about the image for “ligne,” as seen for example on Patek Philippe’s site in the portrayal of the type 17‴ LEP PS pocket fake watch prices development (appeared previously). The inquiry was with respect to the three imprints showing that an estimation is in lignes; was this, he needed to know, one punctuation and a twofold quote, or three punctuations, or something different entirely?
I’d consistently accepted it was three punctuations, yet incidentally, this isn’t the situation – the image is really something many refer to as a “triple prime,” which in Unicode is 2034. Every one of these years I’d been utilizing three punctuations – for example, I’d regularly type 13”’ for a 13 ligne development, yet this is indeed off-base. Off-base, wrong, wrong.
16 ligne Minerva/Montblanc chronograph type 16.29.
The ligne, incidentally, is one of those units of estimation that has made due from the pre-decimal standard days as a remnant of a French estimation framework which goes right back to the Carolingian situation, presented by Charlemagne. The first of the Holy Roman Emperors set up the framework in 790 AD, and the premise of the length estimation framework was the alleged toise de l’écritoire, or the distance between the fingertips of a man’s outstretched arms (one accepts the man being referred to was Charlemagne; if man is to be the proportion, everything being equal, best to pick the man in charge).
Charlemagne, on a white pony (obviously), being gotten by Pope Adrian I in 772.
It is presumably the idea of any archaic arrangement of estimation to be somewhat everywhere, except at any rate the meaning of the ligne appears to have been genuinely obvious from the beginning – a ligne is 1/12 of a pouce, or old French inch, of which there were 12 to a foot – for this situation, the pied du roi, so no prizes for speculating whose foot. The whole framework went out the famous window during the French Revolution, and to be reasonable, there is little to grieve regarding accuracy – one gauge is that there were approximately 800 unique units of estimation being used at that point, with potentially upwards of a fourth of 1,000,000 distinct definitions for them. Things were somewhat of a wreck. The decimal standard was at long last embraced in 1795, and today no one wastes time with the pouce or the pied du roi, but the ligne – characterized today as precisely 2.2558291mm – lives on in precisely three callings: lace making, button-production, and watchmaking.
The prime imprint, then again, is broadly used to address, indeed, quite a ton of things other than the ligne. It tends to be found in math and technical studies, just as melodic documentation, despite the fact that I think my #1 utilization of the excellent imprint is in representative documentation for the control of the Rubik’s Cube. Dissimilar to la beauty relique de l’ancien régime that is the ligne, it’s genuinely present day. It appears to have started in math in the mid twentieth century, and alluding to it as a “prime imprint” appears to have started at some point in the 1960s.
In any case, we’re excessively eager to revisit each HODINKEE article since 2008 and physically right ”’ to ‴ (understudies need to must have something to do) and we trust you’ll be excited to see us dodging one more orthographic entanglement. Never let it be said that composing regarding fake watch prices needs white-knuckle excitement.