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A Nautilus of Time and Design

The Nautilus Stone in azul cielo marble housing an astronomical clock. Photo ©Courtesy Thomas Mercer. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Interior design and astronomical timekeeping join forces in an astonishing piece of time and design. The houses of Thomas Mercer and Winch Design have just brought out an incredible work of stone masonry and timekeeping with the Nautilus Stone, a unique sculpted timepiece drawing its inspiration from the ocean and the beautiful multi-chambered nautilus shell. The design teams garnered their inspiration from the spiral of the nautilus shell and drew an elegant shape that follows the curvature of the stone and spirals out from the intricate clock face within.

The Nautilus Stone is the work of one of the world’s master stone cutters Marmor Hotavlje of Slovenia and is available in sodalite, golden onyx and azul cielo marble and crafted by the hands of highly skilled master stone masons. It is a perfect piece to be showcased on a yacht.

The Nautilus Stone in golden onyx housing an astronomical clock. Photo ©Courtesy Thomas Mercer. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

The time telling mechanism of the Nautilus belongs to the very exclusive family of astronomical movements featuring a perpetual calendar which displays the day of the month and leap year. It also indicate the equation of time — the difference between solar time, which depends on the distance of the Earth to the Sun and which varies and our 24-hour per day time. In addition to the zodiac, the celestial coordinates are complemented by a magnificent 3-D moon sphere providing the different phases combined with a moon age display showing the time that has elapsed since the last new moon. These intricate highly complicated movements can be admired through an open-work dial. This exceptional timepiece is outfitted with a power reserve of 30 minutes.

The Nautilus Stone in azul cielo marble housing an astronomical clock. Photo ©Courtesy Thomas Mercer. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Two leading houses came together to produce this stunning piece of art and time. Winch Design was founded in 1986 by Andrew and Jane Winch as a specialist in both interior and exterior yacht design and has since added aviation and architecture to its portfolio. Thomas Mercer was established in London in 1858 and made the chronometers used by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Sir Francis Chichester, equipped the Royal Yacht Britannia and the interiors of the private aircraft of Sir Winston Churchill.
©The Gourmet Gazette
https://thomasmercer.com/
https://winchdesign.com/

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