Posted on 28 November, 2014
The famous projecting clock on Bromley’s High Street has been returned to its original location above the new Chisholm Hunter jewellery store which opened earlier this month.
The diamond merchant unveiled the restored clock to local people at a special ceremony today (29th November 2014) attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of the London Borough of Bromley.
Chisholm Hunter employed expert clockmaker Smith of Derby to renovate the clock as part of the restoration of the 104-year-old building, which was formerly owned by jewellery business EW Payne.
The beautiful clock has been a feature of the town for decades and is a famous spot for marriage proposals. Although in a state of decay and heavily corroded, the clockmakers were able to restore some of its original features and installed new technology to ensure the famous projecting clock will remain a feature of the High Street for future generations.
Harry Brown, Managing Director of Chisholm Hunter said: “For many years young men have gone down on one knee and pledged their love under the clock and we wanted to protect that romantic tradition. When we embarked on the project we weren’t sure if the clock could be returned to its former glory but we are absolutely delighted with the craftsmanship Smith of Derby has undertaken, it looks terrific and we look forward to it remaining a local landmark for years to come. We have worked hard to preserve the shop’s history and retain many of its Art Deco features and the clock was the final piece in the jigsaw.”
Martin Butchers, Technical Sales Engineer for Smith of Derby, said: “The clock is an excellent example of craftsmanship from the 1920s and its opulence fits perfectly with the Chisholm Hunter brand. For years people used the clock as a meeting place and reference point, and to have it restored to Bromley is brilliant for the local community, as well as underlining Chisholm Hunter’s dedication to quality.”
Clock restoration work on the timepiece included stripping and shotblasting the entire frame and caseworks, and replacing the corroded framework and mounting. The casing was then painted and baked in an oven at 80 degrees, to ensure it had a strong enamel finish. The clock casing and dials were then gilded in 23.5 carat gold leaf.
The 1920s synchronised clock movement was replaced by a modern synchronised movement backed up by a digital controller. The lights on the inside were replaced by LED lights, which are brighter, use less power and last longer.
Martin Butchers said: “We took particular care on the heritage aspect of the clock because it is of such significance; it was very important that it was restored to its former glory.”
The Bromley store is the latest success story for Chisholm Hunter who launched a store in Kingston in May as well as a store in Glasgow's iconic Argyll Arcade in July. Another new Scottish store in the Gyle, Edinbugh is scheduled to open it’s doors prior to Christmas this year.
Chisholm Hunter employs 260 staff and was recently crowned Multiple Jeweller of the Year for the third year in a row at the UK Watch and Jewellery Awards.
For more information please visit www.chisholmhunter.co.uk
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