Monday, November 12, 2007

8 most famous world clocks

1) Undoubtedly Big Ben tops the list. Exactly with the first strike of Big Ben the entire planet sees a New Year in according to Universal Coordinated Time. In fact, the legendary Big Ben is the bell, the name of which is connected with interesting stories. The official version says that the bell was named in honor of Sir Benjamin Hall, the chief of the construction work. Being an impressively burly guy, the foreman was given the nickname Big Ben. The other version asserts that the bell gained its name from a boxerBenjamin Count who lived during the reign of Queen Victoria.

2) Then goes the Kremlin tower clock that was constructed in 1404. As the annals narrate the prototype of the Kremlin chimes was a clock with a mechanical figure of a man who stroke with a hammer into a bell. The ancient clock-face had no hands. Now the Kremlin tower clock rings the national anthem of Russia at midnight and at noon.

3) Speaking about the most unusual clock, the brick clock breaks all records. It is situated in Uzbekistan, one of the former USSR republics. It represents an extraordinary building that is called “world clock”. They consider that every year one brick falls off the walls of the building and when the last one falls down life on the earth will disappear.

4) Another example of the most uncommon clock is the one clock-face of which was made of the meteorite found in Greenland in 1897.

5) The biggest clock in the world is the astronomical one in St.Peter’s Cathedral in France. It was built in the 19 th century, its height is 12m, width – 9m, and it consists of 90000 parts.

6) The flower clock placed in “Rose building” in Hokkaido, Japan, has the biggest clock- face. It is 21 m in diameter and the length of the big hand is 8,5m.

7) The smallest watch is produced in Switzerland by the firm “Jeger le Cultr”. The length of the watch is a little more than 1 cm, the width – about 5cm, its weight is 7grams.

8) The most expensive watch was bought by an unknown person from South Africa in 1989. He paid 16 millions 4 thousand 392 pounds for “Caliber 89 ” (firm “Patek Philipp”). The most expensive pocket watch – not taking into consideration watch decorated with precious stones – is “Heaven at hand”, known to connoisseurs as “Packard”. It was manufactured in 1922 by “Patek Philipp” for James Packard, the American car magnate. The pocket watch had a gold frame. The peculiarity was that a perfect astronomical map was depicted on the enamel clock-face. The map showed the location of heavenly bodies over Packard’s native town – Woren, Ohio, USA – just in the same position that he could observe out of the window of his bedroom.

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