Chinese city to boast of world’s largest mechanical clock


Making the iconic Big Ben clock look minuscule is the gigantic mechanical clock that is currently being installed at Ganzhou city’s Harmony Tower. When installed, this clock will become the largest mechanical clock of its kind in the world. The clocks weighs a whopping 10 tonnes, with its faces measuring 13 meters in diameter and the minute hand measuring 7.8 meters long. The enormous clock that is sure to become a landmark in this Chinese city is the result of years of expertise combined with racing car technology. However, the clock was not made on Chinese soil. The clock was made in England by the family firm Smith of Derby. The £1m ($1.4 million) clock required new technology as well as historical expertise, which this firm with its 150 years of experience could provide. Staffs from Smith have travelled to Ganzhou to install it in the 113 meter tower.

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The four giant clock faces were produced by Yantai, a 95-year-old Chinese firm. The movement is made from hardened steel with bronze finishing and brass and gold-plated components. Visitors at the tower can view the watch’s movement courtesy a visitor’s gallery. The enormous timepiece is accurate to within 30 seconds a month, uses GPS technology to correct itself and comes with a 100 year guarantee. This mechanical wonder will be unveiled to the world at the end of the month while the tower will open to the public next year. An ambitious project, it will definitely attract a number of tourists to this Chinese city.
[Guardian]

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