Mechanisms Enthrall a South Korean Watchmaker

“I want to teach people what makes all of this happen,” Kwanghun Hyun said.

SEOUL — Kwanghun Hyun’s watchmaking studio, tucked away on a winding residential street in the quiet Yongsan-gu neighborhood, has all the usual machinery and tools. But it also houses his handmade clocks and automatons, perched on the shelves and hanging on the walls, either ticking along or waiting to be wound to join the party of passing time.

For Mr. Hyun, 41, they are all part of his journey as a watchmaker, rooted in his fascination with motion that began when he started studying metal arts more than 20 years ago. Now he constantly revisits the elements

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