From the world’s largest to the smallest…..

November 8, 2011 News

The British clockmaking company behind the world’s largest mechanical clock has now created the smallest, to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the UAE.

1108302Smith of Derby, world renowned clockmaker, has produced a limited edition gift clock using the same design more normally found on original turret clocks of the 17th and 18th century, and more frequently used on clock towers or in stately homes.

The National Day Celebration Clock was on show for the first time at the Index Exhibition between October 22nd – 25th, where Smith of Derby exhibited it along with their luxury Islamic Prayer Clock and other clocks.

The UAE celebrates its 40th Anniversary on December 2nd 2011, with a range of high profile events planned. This year also marks 40 years of Smith of Derby working in the region designing and installing public clocks, tower clocks, turret clocks and luxury clocks.

The company commissioned the leading engraver David Whyman, whose clients include The British Royal family, the Sultan of Brunei and the Sultan of Oman, to engrave the crystal dial of the clock. The clock, which stands at 42cm, also features a hand engraved crystal glass cameo of the UAE Falcon.

Run by Smith of Derby’s renowned Whitehurst movement in gold plate, the clock can be personalised to include a family crest at the client’s request.

Buyers will receive an official certificate of provenance and ownership for their clock.. All clocks come with three years’ parts and labour warranty.

With a 12.8 metre diameter dial, and a Whitehurst mechanical clock movement 3metres in length, the Harmony Clock Tower, in Ganzhou, China, is officially the world’s largest pendulum-regulated clock, whilst this National Day Celebration Clock works with the same clockmaking engineering, albeit scaled down.

Kevin Litchfield, Smith of Derby’s Head of Design, said:

Having created the world’s largest traditional mechanical clock, it’s fantastic for us to use our traditional clockmaking skills to create a beautiful clock which can sit comfortably on a mantelpiece.

We were delighted to collaborate with David Whyman to carry out the engraving on the clock – it gives the clock that added air of exclusivity.

The National Day Celebration Clock adds to the Whitehurst brand, named after Derby clockmaker John Whitehurst, which can already be found in 33 royal and country estates, including clients such as Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia and King George III.

Being limited edition, customers are urged to place orders early for this exquisite luxury clock by contacting:

Jane Arnold, Head of Marketing at or
Tel: + 44 (0) 7800 689410 or + 44 (0) 1332 257118.

More details of the National Day Celebration Clock and Smith of Derby products can be found here.

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