To create the world's finest clock,
we went back in time.

As this was going to be the first Whitehurst timepiece to be designed and built this century, we wanted it to be a piece that set new standards. A work of art that blended accuracy and beauty perfectly. To achieve that, we turned back time.

The Inspiration

We re-examined one of Whitehurst's most famous designs – the original Y Frame clock, which has rested at the Duke of Devonshire's bedside in Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England for almost 200 years. Such is the craftsmanship, even now, centuries after construction, the clock continues to tick with incredible precision.

As with that piece, the majority of the materials for the new timepiece came from the same foundry, and, whenever possible, have been cut from the same piece of brass to enhance the precision.




Devonshire Collection, Chatsworth.
Reproduced by kind permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.
Photograph by Dave Short.

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The Techniques.

Using a combination of three hundred year old methods and state-of-the-art digital and computer controlled technology, we created the key individual elements. This blend of new and old techniques, along with traditional and modern materials, allowed us to build clock parts with incredible precision.

The absolute accuracy of its movement is testament to this. Superbly designed and skilfully crafted, the 'Graham' deadbeat escapement controlling the 'Royal' one second pendulum whispers perfection with every beat.

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The Techniques.

All cogs that go into the new timepiece will be carefully filed by hand before going through a rigorous eight-stage hand polishing process. It is this labour intensive process that allows us to achieve perfection in each one, and it is something that cannot be replicated by machine.

Once completed, each individual cog, along with the framework, were finished in protective 24 carat gold to ensure the intricate workings were flawless.

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The Ethos.

A commitment to the Whitehurst ethos of mechanical firsts allowed for the inclusion of a unique and beautiful revolving polar projection.

This breathtaking hand engraved glass feature allows you to continuously track the earth’s rotation, whilst at the same time marvel at the intricate exposed workings of the complication.

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The Ethos.

An ingenious and striking way to keep check on the time across the world, and a unique quality that makes this the only mechanical clock of its type to feature a world time zone.

The timepiece, which weighs-in at a substantial 40lb without the stand, also features a rare dual weight configuration. Built with such mechanical responsibility, it can be considered one of the best timekeepers in the world with as little loss of a single second every two months.

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The unique finish.

For the first time in Whitehurst's history, we have designed a timepiece that features a number of components that can be tailored to your exact specifications.

In doing so, we will source the world's best materials and craftspeople. Commissions undertaken include designing and creating a clock stand from the same marble as used for the Taj Mahal, and producing a breathtaking crystal stand crafted by world-leading creative to royalty and dignitaries, David Redman.

This design flexibility allows you to commission a masterpiece that’s unique to you, making your piece truly unique.

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