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Keeper of Time is a 2022 documentary film by Michael Culyba and produced, in part, by Massena LAB. Keeper of Time explores the astonishing and beautiful world of mechanical watchmaking while contemplating the theoretical and philosophical notions of time, aging and mortality. Along with interviews from cutting-edge scholars in the fields of theoretical physics, physiology and philosophy, Keeper of Time features the stories of four of the best independent watchmakers in the world—Philippe Dufour, Roger W. Smith, François-Paul Journe and Maximilian Büsser.

All screenings include an introduction by director Michael Culyba, and a post-screening Q&A panel discussion: “The Allure of Watchmaking and the Notion of Time.” Moderated by Jack Forster (Editor-in-Chief, Hodinkee), panelists include Benjamin Clymer (Founder, Hodinkee), Michael Friedman (Head of Complications, Audemars Piguet), Gary Shteyngart (Writer/Watch Enthusiast), William Andrewes (Horologist/Sundial Architect), William Massena (Founder, Massena LAB), Brittany Nicole Cox (Antiquarian Horologist, Memoria Technica), and the film’s director Michael Culyba.

For more information, or to view the documentary, visit the film's website.


Director: Michael Culyba

Producers: Michael Culyba & Shelby Siegel

Production: Tourbillon Film Works in association with The Hour Glass & Massena LAB

Executive Producers: Michael Tay, John Reardon, Eric Ku, William Massena, Andrew Jarecki, Nancy Jarecki, William H. Julien, Brian Smarsh, Joyce Culyba

Directors of Photography: Ben Wolf, Luke Geissbühler

Editor: Michael Culyba

Composer: Max Avery-Lichtenstein


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