The Navigator - Limited Edition with Chinoiserie Artwork

A superb limited edition of the Navigator based on the world`s first marine chronometer created by John Harrison (1693 - 1776). Harrison`s marine timepieces solved one of the greatest technical problem of the 18th century; how to calculate your longitude position when navigating the high seas and can be viewed at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

By setting their timepieces at noon when leaving a home port and observing the time difference at noon on the following days of their journey, mariners could accurately calculate the distance they had travelled. This extraordinary achievement gave the navies of Great Britain an enormous advantage in the quest for Empire, trade and exploration.

Our artist has employed the Chinoiserie technique of painting fine detail onto gold leaf to create three base panels that capture the historic significance of this unique timepiece. A panorama showing the Royal Navy under Admiral Horatio Nelson approaching the French and Spanish ships at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, the famous merchant navy tea clipper the Cutty Sark heading for home and H.M.S Beagle commanded by Captain Fitzroy arriving with Charles Darwin at the Galapagos islands in the 1830s.

The clock became known as the "Grasshopper" due to the hopping action of the escapement mechanism, the action of the two inter-linked balances compensating for the motion of a ship. The Comitti movement is hand made from solid brass and gold plated. The dials have an enamel finish and the time is indicated by fine Breguet hands. 

The seconds are indicated by the scale above the clock face. The crystal glass canopy has a gold plated frame. The base with key drawer and high gloss black lacquer piano finish completes the presentation of this highly collectable timepiece.

Each clock is supplied with a copy of Dava Sobel`s book Longitude that reveals the story of John Harrison`s life.

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