English grandfather clock – Watches

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The clock “K. Mozer” chose many outstanding people of our time. Among them are well-known figures of politics, finance, and culture from Russia, Britain, Germany, France and America. Wall Clock “K. Mozer” adorned the royal residence Clarence House. In connection with this company has a special thanks from Her Majesty the Queen Mother Elizabeth, “all those who designed and created this wonderful copy.”

You may need to be born Briton, to understand the charm of floor clocks, this clock home time, good assistants, and strict regulations. Nostalgia Europeans floor clock is much interest in antique cotton and new developments of leading firms, however, these firms all over the world once or twice and miscalculated.”Golden Age of floor clocks back”, – experts say the firm “K. Mozer.”

“Time was common until the man did not invent the clock and not put them in their homes.” This saying is very British watchmakers accurately reflects the evolution of human perception and the “domestication” of time. Although the start time of production refers to the first half of XIV century, the birth of the interior (in the modern sense) hours due to the invention in 1658 by Christian Huygens pendulum. This simple (as it seems today) the invention is several times increased the accuracy and timing to make a clock in the full sense of self-sustaining element of material culture in which people can decorate your home. Belongs to the genius of Huygens and the further improvement of speed, which allowed time to celebrate sing, watch a rehearsal clothed in loose, high case and had in the hallways and classrooms. Thus began the “golden age” floor clock.

According to the history of watchmaking R. Persalla, “in a fairly short period of time clock created for themselves a certain social status and the main part of the interior became the epicenter of attention to the living rooms and halls at a time when it became the hall to where her body took visit, and visitors. ” Incredibly fast popularity of floor (in America they were called vysokokorpusnymi) hours has been associated with them, as they say today, the psychological image, that is their uniform course fully consistent with the rhythm and atmosphere of the nobility and the burgher houses, expressing the spirit of the house quiet background sound.

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Sometimes the pendulum stroke, the fight quarters of an hour and a melody built-disc music box were the only sounds of silence oppressive mansions. For this they are loved and that’s why those childhood memories clock always occupied a special place. It is no accident in England long-case clock is often referred to as “grandfather clock”, and the clock smaller dimensions with an architectural pedestal – “grandmother.”Whatever it was was delivered on time all the other clocks in the house. This tradition of the rule of floor clocks could not lead to the fact that the austere look of the first models by the end of the XVII century gave way to solemn and pompous at times. Finishing the top (“head” or “towers”) are given special attention.

Relief carving, including sculpture, is the main decoration in buildings. Metal parts of the dial and weights often gilded, which in combination with silver and enamel created the illusion of “growth in the chapel of rights” or “home altar time” as the Italians – the great masters in finishing buildings. It is noteworthy that in France in the XVII-XVIII centuries did not do floor clocks, considering them “too British”, that is rigid and stiff. Their model vysokokorpusnye French masters preferred to put on a special pedestal. For over-decorated, especially in the Baroque era, they ironically called “bronze wig.” The classic design of floor clocks is made up of three parts: the “head”, “locker” (a place for weights and pendulum) and a pedestal or cabinet, which usually come in contact with the floor. However, due to normal at the time clock at times uneven floors installed on spherical feet, which are simply sawed, reaching a vertical position.

Early British model, floor clocks were narrow and did not exceed five feet in height, but over time hours increased dimensions: watch “grown up” at 25-50 cm, ie up to eye level adult male host. In addition, they were “plumper” because of the wide extended pendulum. This mode is rooted in an erroneous calculation, whereby the period of oscillation of the pendulum is taken to be any second. This was true in the case of 39-inch pendulum “Royal”, but with the advent of 5-pound pendulum during its vibration was equal 1.25 seconds.

According to historians of horology, that clock is so close to furniture art, given the opportunity to advertise their cabinetry work in its entirety. Typically, the design of clock was not repeated, or existed in small batches. The style of decoration and ornaments on the cabinet is usually repeated on the pedestal or plinth.

Quite often in the lining of the array used “oyster” veneer in the form of thinly sliced cloves of pieces of wood or olive broom. With stucco ornament or guttate hiding the gap between the door and the frame. Sometimes the body was cut in the center of a round or oval “apple” from the usual or corrugated glass, so you can observe the motion of a pendulum. However, the great clockmaker Thomas Tompion not accept this innovation, considering that little window, involuntarily pulling opinion, destroys the integrity of the model.

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Improving the design of the case, as in a mirror, reflecting trends in furniture production, from the widespread use of red, black and walnut, as well as their treatment by the Eastern (mainly Japanese) lacquer to adapt the Italian and French styles, including the famous style “Bull.” Best British masters such as John Harrison and George Graham, for all their stylistic patriotism, always closely followed the progress of his colleagues on the other side of the Channel and were able to accommodate any advances by the standards of English style. Not by accident is considered a classic, with regard to Thomas Tompiona, he essentially avoided the lavish decoration, preferring the simplicity of the undecorated case. It seemed the great master had a premonition that the sunset hours followed by a floor after a period of unnecessary complexity of decoration. In particular, in one of Birmingham in the XVIII century there were more than 40 companies that are engaged only in the manufacture and decoration of the dials. However, the decline of fashion clock was a foregone conclusion the invention of a shorter pendulum. In the middle of the XIX century grandfather clock began to give ground wall and table clocks. Although the production floor clocks worldwide has decreased significantly, especially in Germany and in England, this genre has kept watch art connoisseurs of his followers. Today clock gradually come into fashion again.Convincing proof of this is the activity known English company time “K. Mozer”.

Present in Russia 596 years. In addition to a rich assortment of wall, mantel, desktop, and wrist watches, “K. Mozer” TION revives the classic English style. The company is planning – active positioning in the Russian market a new generation of British classics. Formation of market floor hours will be held on two fronts. This year’s sale will go to watch the British and German shells mechanisms. In 2001, “K. Mozer” will produce its own clockwork manual assembly. These elite, full English models promise to be a great event in watchmaking. To do this, Britain has everything – physical facilities, highly trained specialists, and the great British tradition. It is known that in an era of ubiquitous (and often, alas, forced) separation of production like the union of all links in the chain in one hand may seem ineffective in respect of the profits. Meanwhile, “K. Mozer” goes to the experiment for the sake of improving the quality of his watch. “Stigma” K. Mozer “should be the guarantor of the fail-safe and accurate operation for many decades, the Moscow office of the company – just as it was with the best of British classics.”

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