The 850-year-old Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris , one of the world’s most notable structures, was crushed by a fire on April 15, 2019 during redesigns, which obliterated a lot of its rooftop and towers. The fire likewise obliterated the cathedral’s nineteenth-century clock.
The huge 2.2-meter tower clock development made by French clockmaker Collin-Wagner in 1867 slammed down with the rooftop and tower in the blaze.
After much consultation regarding how Notre-Dame would be recreated, the French Parliament passed a law necessitating that the cathedral be modified precisely as it appeared before the fire. Lamentably, the clock’s unique drawings had been tragically missing, and there were no advanced records. Photographs offered the lone hint regarding how the clock may be reconstructed and keeping in mind that accommodating they didn’t give the exact subtleties and estimations needed to make a devoted generation of the first clock.
Hope springs eternal
Serendipitously, while compiling a stock at Sainte-Trinité church in northern Paris, only four kilometers from Notre-Dame, French watchmaker and reclamation expert Jean-Baptiste Viot found an almost indistinguishable (however 40 cm bigger) rendition of the Notre-Dame clock development shrouded away in a neglected room, covered by loads up and old furnishings. The mechanical Sainte-Trinité clock had been failed to remember since being supplanted by an electric model over 50 years ago.
Jean-Baptiste Viot; writer Bruno Cabanis (who composed a book on the Notre-Dame clock); Olivier Chandez (watchmaker accountable for keeping up the Notre-Dame clock); and clock restorer Christine Chaligné made the Notre-Dame Clock Association (l’Association Horloge Notre-Dame) toward the finish of 2019. They have been working with a group of watchmaking understudies from the Diderot watchmaking school in Paris guided by watchmaking instructor Michel Boulanger (who you may recall from the Greubel Forsey Le Garde Temps, Naissance d’une Montre project).
The bunch has just started carefully estimating, reporting, and digitizing the entirety of the components and systems of the newfound Sainte-Trinité clock with the point of making a definite computer model to help make another reproduction clock for Notre-Dame.
Unfortunately, at this point there isn’t any financial plan for modifying the clock in the billion dollars previously raised for reestablishing the Notre-Dame cathedral. Notwithstanding, these admirers of the 850-year-old church are resolved that Notre-Dame’s clock will tick again as Viot mourns, “A cathedral without a clock? It’s like a plane carrying warship with no planes.”
The affiliation needs specialized, calculated, and monetary help for things like getting sorted out excursions to distant locales, study trips for understudies, building models, considering escapements and different systems of things to come clock, full-scale testing, coordinating public occasions, and purchasing hardware and tools.
We urge you to follow and uphold the undertaking in the event that you can at www.horlogenotredame.com .
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