As a world famous inventor and the holder of over 400 patents, Dr Taylor is constantly pushing boundaries to create something that is completely original, and this unique piece is a perfect example.
Created in tandem with Professor Long of the Hangzhou Art University, the Chronophage is a colourful, friendly and playful dragon which engages admirers with a selection of winks and waves that enthrals its audience.
Speaking about his remarkable work of art, Dr Taylor said, “Being an inventor, you never want to do anything that anybody has done before, so it was necessary to find a new way of telling time.
“When you are approaching eighty, time isn’t on your side and I thought it would be fun to have a Chronophage which would eat the minute and you could never get it back.
“If there were museums or institutions or individuals who appreciated the Chronophage then it would give me great pleasure.”
It is designed with reference to Einstein’s theory of ‘relative time’, so speeds up and slows down, as life does depending on activity, yet it is always correct every five minutes.
Each Chronophage clock is unique, while still retaining the beauty inherent in the entire collection.
The central gold clock ‘face’ has been ‘exploded’ in liquid to reflect the ‘Big Bang’, and is just one of the many ways in which this is one of the world’s most innovative clocks.
It is a mechanical clock that reveals a new and unique way of showing time. Through the use of concentric circles, the seconds, minutes and hours are shown in a way that’s never been seen before.
A feature unique to the Dragon Chronophage is the appearance of a single pearl at the top of every hour which is then ‘swallowed’ by the dragon.
This design masterpiece combines a timeless blend of Western and Eastern culture, and also showcases a staggering attention to detail. Every scale of the dragon is hand-crafted with love and attention to detail, to a jewellery standard.
After making his name through his patented bi-metal temperature controls for household appliances, it was Dr Taylor’s love of horology that inspired him to create the Chronophage and bring joy to all those who look upon it.
Dr Taylor will also be explaining the story behind the Dragon Chronophage, supported by an audio-visual presentation, at a special preview event taking place on Wednesday September 17 2014 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm at the China Design Centre, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT. (The clock itself will only be on display in Shanghai.)
Following the event, and exhibition showcasing several Design Shanghai exhibitors runs at the China Design Centre from Thursday September 18 – Tuesday September 30 2014.
About Dr John C Taylor OBE
Dr John C Taylor OBE was born in Buxton in Derbyshire in 1936. Having spent six years living in Canada during his childhood, he returned home at the end of the Second World