The Navigator is a tribute to clockmaker John Harrison (1693 – 1776) who made the world’s first marine chronometer. His unique timepieces made it possible for the first time for British naval officers to accurately calculate their longitude position. This technical breakthrough gave an extraordinary advantage to the navies of Great Britain in their quest for global exploration, trade and Empire.
The swinging arm escapement pivots in the center, so that the swinging movement is unaffected by the rocking motion of the sea. This timepiece exhibits a dance of motion. It is an animated sculpture that is also an accurate and reliable clock.
Comitti of London has worked with the fine artist David Galbraith to create a unique limited edition featuring four truly historic British ships. The panels show Admiral Horatio Nelson flagship HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar on the 21st October 1805, Lieutenant James Cook’s ship HMS Endeavour on a voyage of discovery to Australia and New Zealand between 1769 and 1771, the HMS Beagle commanded by Captain Fitzroy undertaking hydrographic surveys and accompanied by Charles Darwin the famous naturalist between 1826 to 1843, and the Cutty Sark, the record breaking tea clipper lauched in 1869.
A limited edition of 100 pieces has been released worldwide. Each piece is numbered and signed by the artist.
In addition to the novel and interesting escapement, the Navigator also features a Fusee drive. “Used in antique spring-powered mechanical watches and clocks, a fusee (from the French fusée: wire wound around a spindle) is a cone-shaped pulley with a helical groove around it, wound with a cord or chain which is attached to the mainspring barrel. Fusees were used as early as the 15th century to the early 20th century to improve timekeeping by equalizing the uneven pull of the mainspring as it ran down.” (from WIkipedia)
Made in England
8-day, gold-plated visible mechanism
Fusee drive with maintaining power
Jeweled and ball-bearing pivots
Silver plated chapters with Roman and Arabic numerals and fine Breguet hands to indicate the time and passing seconds
Piano gloss black lacquered base with push release key drawer
Crystal glass canopy with gold plated frame to protect the movement
Limited edition of 100 pieces worldwide, each pieces is numbered and supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity
Dava Sobel's book 'Longitude' is included with each timepiece
The Navigator is protected by a mahogany finish presentation travel caseA Comitti Original!
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