The only mechanical clock in the world which is adjustable for longitude and latitude has just been unveiled.
A unique, super complex mechanical clock which can be set for longitude and latitude, allowing it to tell the time virtually anywhere in the world, has just been completed. No other mechanical clock has ever been made with such a complication.
The Solar Time Clock is the creation of British clockmaker George de Fossard FBHI, who has spent more than three years building the elaborate timepiece which comprises of over 750 hand made parts.
Complementing the Solar Time Clock’s rarity, the phase of moon indication is driven by an exceptionally accurate, complex and unusual compound worm mechanism first designed by 18th century
English clockmaker Thomas Mudge. Mudge’s intention was sadly condemned to history because of its complexity, rather than its mathematical accuracy. George, however, has resurrected it and combined it with his own mechanical invention to create this unique and thoroughly modern piece of horology.
So notable is the clock that negotiations are taking place for it to be displayed in the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers’ Museum, within the Science Museum, London – there it will join clocks and watches made by horological giants such as Tompion, Harrison and Daniels, to name but a few.
George said: ‘It really has been a labour of love. We have spent over 5,000 hours in total working on the project over a three year period, but we have enjoyed every moment from conception to completion. I am overwhelmed with the amount of attention the clock has received – it has exceeded my wildest expections.’
The creation of the Solar Time Clock has been something of a family affair with George’s wife Cornelia, a reputed furniture maker and restorer, designing and making the stunning case out of ebonised pear wood and brushed stainless steel metalwork, from the couple’s workshop in Wiltshire.
‘We started with a sketch and the concept of a clock which could be set for longitude and latitude and were inspired by the vibrant and innovative mechanical watch market,’ added George.
The Solar Time Clock was unveiled at a Heritage Day held in Lincoln Minster at the end of June and drew an enormous amount of attention. Interest is already
being received from all four corners of the world, including America and Australia. There will be an official launch at The Clockworks in London in the autumn, and afterwards the Clock will be put up for public sale.