Sinclair Harding’s new two train Condliff unveiled.

The latest clock to come out of the Yorkshire-based luxury clock making company Sinclair Harding was unveiled to great accolade recently.

The two train Condliff has been a three year partnership project between owner Bob Bray and esteemed Sheffield clockmaker J Malcolm Wild.

The clock’s first outing was at the AHCI Exhibition, followed closely by an appearance at Salon QP, at the Saatchi Gallery, in London, in November.

This two train skeleton clock is based on the design of famous Liverpool clockmaker James Condliff,  circa 1860, and is the latest addition to the range of skeleton clocks made by Sinclair Harding.

In the Victorian era fewer than 100 skeleton clocks of various styles were made by Condliff and very few of the original clocks ever appear at auction.

This latest model, which was created in the Company’s Yorkshire workshops in a unique collaboration with Sheffield clockmaker J Malcolm Wild, is possibly the most elegant of the Condliff clocks, featuring extremely delicate frames.

Sinclair Harding uses the latest technology with CNC machines producing components of great accuracy, however all clocks are individually polished by hand to a high degree of finish.

A number of Condliff’s clocks had normal wheel trains with pendulums, but this clock has a large balance wheel with helical balance spring surmounted at the top of the clock frame. It beats seconds and this is shown by the centre sweep seconds hand against the hand silvered chapter ring, all the hands and striking work are polished and blued.

Standing 49cm high, 38cm wide and with a depth of 23cm, the clock strikes on the hour. It sits on a French polished wooden base, which houses the bell, and is encased in an elegant bevelled glass shade, with an opening door, to keep dust away from the  mechanism.

Established in 1967, Sinclair Harding says it embraces the horological industry ideals on precision, quality and perfection,  honouring the historical tradition of English clockmaking, with its range of beautiful hand crafted clocks.

The company’s craftsmen work hard to study and preserve original production techniques, making the exquisite detail of each clock a testament to their skill and dedication. Clients range from private collectors to high class jewellers worldwide and also  includes prestigious, bespoke commissions.

Robert Bray FBHI is a Fellow of the British Horological Institute and a member of the AHCI, Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants. In 2010. Robert was awarded the BHI Silver Medal for outstanding development in the field of Horology.

J Malcolm Wild FBHI is a world renowned clock restorer and horological tool maker. His tools are used by horologists in all four corners of the globe.

He is also the author of Wheel and Pinion Cutting in Horology, which is one of the most popular specialist books ever written, selling over 6,000 copies.

He said: ‘Bob and I have worked together on the this project for the past three years and we are both delighted with the results – it has turned out every bit as good as we had hoped when we first discussed the project back in 2014.’

And it seems that potential customers agree. Bob took his Condliff to Basel where he had orders for 10 clocks.

Visitors are welcome to the Sinclair Harding workshop to see how the clocks are produced and meet members of this family-run business.

 

Sinclair Harding ­­– www.clockmakers.com

J Malcolm Wild – www.j-m-w.co.uk

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