Case Study: Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah

February 8, 2018 Creative, Public, Time, Uncategorized

RFJ_3041 RAK Smith Derby Clock WaldorfDesigner: Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA)
Location: UAE
Size: 6 metres in height
Materials: bronze, stainless steel, etched glass and champagne gold leaf
Date: 2015
Project code: 31974

We were proud to fabricate the centrepiece lobby clock for the opulent reception at the Waldorf Astoria Luxury hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE. Smith of Derby Ltd was engaged to create the centrepiece by leading London design practice, Hirsch Bedner Associates, (HBA).

Seen by hotel guests who have travelled from around the world, the clock stands at over six metres high and is regarded as a golden masterpiece. Culturally rich in design, thisRFJ_2976 RAK Smith Derby Clock Waldorf captivating clock took our skilled clockmakers eight months to carefully build using bronze, stainless steel, etched glass and champagne gold leaf and weighs in at an impressive three tons.

Features of this unique clock include a pearlised domed glass dial, gold plated seven-day mechanical movement and 5 rotating prayer rings at its base which show the exact minute of each prayer for the day, so honouring its Arabic setting. The pendulum regulation that drives four sets of delicate gold-plated hands ensures accuracy of time.

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