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Clock1 Orbits24


My main inspiration for Clock1 Orbits24 must be attributed to John Harrison’s stunning Chronometers, H1 to H4. He was responsible for solving the Longitude problem in the mid 1700’s in England, creating clocks that remained accurate despite changes in temperature, humidity and the constant movement of a sea-going ship.

I must stress that I do not in anyway compare my creations to his!  The sheer ingenuity and beauty of his creations is quite breathtaking.

You can read more about his amazing work here:

John Harrison's H2 Chronometer (Face on)
H2 side
John Harrison's H2 Chronometer (Side on)

If ever you get the chance to visit London, I strongly recommend a trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, where some of his clocks are on display and running:


The original concept for Clock1 Orbits24 was born while on a relaxing holiday in South Devon, England.  I had been reading a book entitled “3 Roads to Quantum Gravity” (admittedly not to everyone’s taste) and had stopped to ponder the weirdness of what I was learning from its pages.  Time, it seems, is possibly not quite as real as it may appear to us!  It also got me thinking about “stuff” including planets, particles and their orbits.  There it was, the inspiration for a clock driven by an orbiting “particle” that appears to free-fall around the periphery of a planet.

The Sun and Moon part was easy; I love those old case clocks you see with their tantalizing view of a cheerful Sun or Moon face as day turns to night.  From, there the orbit concept morphed slightly to become a particle around a shooting-star motif.  The clock was born.

Clock1 Orbits24 Concept to Reality
Clock1 Orbits24 Concept to Reality