Sinclair Harding H1
In May of 1714 representations from Her Majesty’s Fleet, Merchants and Merchant-Men demanded the Government to encourage the solution of the Longitude problem and in July of that year the Longitude Act was passed offering up to £20,000 for a method if determining Longitude at Sea.
In the mid 1720’s Yorkshire born John Harrison started work on what would be the first of his clocks, the H1, that would work on board a ships and so solve the Longitude problem. In 1772 after a lifetime’s work, culminating in the watch H4, John Harrison was paid the final balance of the £20,000 reward.
In 1999 Sinclair Harding started to work on a clock in homage of John Harrison. Nearly 5 Years in development, the Sinclair Harding H1 is a wonderful combination of art and fascinating mechanics, all finished to the exquisite standard.
To demonstrate the H1’s capability to work at sea the movement is mounted onto a granite base, which in turn is suspended on pivots. The whole piece sits on a table designed to the customer’s specification and is counter balanced by a massive weight. A tiny hidden DC motor rotates a small weight, which puts the whole assembly out of balance, and a gentle rocking motion ensues, creating a fascinating spectacle inside the elegantly engineered glass case.
Movement and Shade