John C Taylor

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Passion for Clocks


I have a great passion for horology, the study of clocks. I’ve always maintained that the clock is mankind’s most significant invention. You can erase all the Rembrandts from history and the world will be basically the same, but if you take the clocks away then everything would be completely different.

The work of men like Christiaan Huygens and John Harrison has completely changed the way we tell the time.  I’ve always been fascinated by these great inventors and their clocks.  They inspired me to design one of my most famous creations, the Chronophage.

I have one of the most comprehensive collections of early English clocks that travel the world to reach new audiences. The first clock I ever had was a Welsh Grandfather.  I was thrilled to be involved with a very special clock exhibition in September 2018 which was hosted at Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London W1.  Please see the website Innovation & Collaboration for full information.

As a child I would always stare through the window of the clock shop opposite Harrods if I was ever in London.  Years later this is where I bought my first clock, which was built by a man by the name of John Taylor!  I’m glad to say that I still love and treasure that clock.

Much like the case for my passion in inventing, it was my father (Eric Taylor) who first sparked my interest.  I would often see him at the kitchen table trying to fix a clock and my interest grew from there.  It’s impossible to imagine a world without clocks, and that has always fascinated me.

I love to share my passion for horology with the public, so my clocks and watches are frequently on loan to exhibitions.  A special exhibition – The Luxury of Time 1550 to 1750 – runs at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF until January 26 2020.

Hear more about my love of clocks on the video link below.

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I was delighted when the Isle of Man Post Office visualized my passion for clocks so well in their postage stamp collection.

Interesting Facts

Thousands of years ago in the Middle East, a random genetic mutation caused a group of grapes to spontaneously abort their own seeds before the seeds could develop hard casings. The result: seedless grapes. To reproduce the fruit, a farmer simply cloned the vine — meaning that all seedless grapes today are direct descendants of that one mutated grape vine.

Latest News

The Luxury of Time: Exhibition Extended at the Manx Museum

Manx National Heritage confirms that it has extended ‘The Luxury of Time’, an exhibition at the Manx Museum featuring some of history’s most significant British timepieces. The Luxury of Time features 30 different outstandingly beautiful timepieces from Dr Taylor’s private collection. The exhibition, which showcases the golden age of clock and watch making, is the largest exhibition of clocks and timepieces ever staged on the Isle of Man and the first dedicated to horology at the Manx Museum. The exhibition is on display at the Manx Museum until Sunday 27 September 2020.  Admission is free but donations are welcome.  … read more

Interesting Quotes

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliott Erwitt