Moscow to get one of the world’s largest mechanical clocks constructed by Raketa

What you see above is the digital rendering of what’s soon going to be one of the top 5 largest mechanical clockwork in the world which includes Big Ben, the Kremlin clock, Prague and Ganzhou. This gigantic clock will be made by “Raketa” and the construction is scheduled for December 2014. Raketa watches have been manufactured since 1961 by the Petrodvorets Watch Factory in Saint Petersburg. The Petrodvorets Watch Factory is Russia’s oldest factory and it was founded by Peter the Great in 1721 as the Peterhof Lapidary Works to make hardstone carvings. The factory started producing watches under the brand “Raketa” in honor of Yuri Gagarin since 1961.

Coming back to the giant mechanical clock, once completed the movement of the watch itself will be the biggest in the world. It measures 6 by 7.5 meters with a 13 meters pendulum. The total weight of the movement will be about 5 tons and will be made ​​of aluminum, steel, copper and brass. There are no working clocks in the world with the gears of that size, up to 4 meters diameter. It is being constructed for “Central Detsky Magazin” on the Lubyanka square, in front of the FSB (KGB) building and will become one of the main attractions of Moscow.

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[Via – Raketa]