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.

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Latest News

New Midsummer Chronophage Clock on display in the Isle of Man

There’s very exciting news for those in the Isle of Man.  You can see the wonderful Midsummer Chronophage clock on display in Douglas, there in time to see in the New Year! The spectacular clock, designed by the world-renowned inventor, philanthropist and Santon resident, Dr John C Taylor OBE, is now on display at the Isle of Man’s largest privately-owned bar and restaurant, 1886 in Regent Street, Douglas, Isle of Man. The huge mesmerising, gold-plated clock, measuring 1.5 metres (5 ft) in diameter, was conceived, designed and mostly manufactured on the Island. It is the second in a series of… read more

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