In the long history of more than 500 years, the rhythms of countless lives have left traces in the streets, square gardens and crisscrossing waterways of Venice, and these have been magnificent Torre dell ‘ The Orologio astronomical clocks faithfully recorded them one by one. The Torre dell’Orologio astronomical clock hangs from the high roof of the city. Two Moorish statues are standing on both sides. When the hour comes, they strike the clock with a hammer in their hands and make a loud sound.
Realizing the significance of this astronomical clock in the history of watchmaking, Piaget actively participated in the protection of these extraordinary masterpieces of clocks. The brand’s latest Venice-sponsored project is to complete the renewal of the famous Torre dell’Orologio, including the restoration of two Moorish statues, which are important signs of the radiation influence of Venice.
In history, Venice was the center of world’s outstanding art and technological innovation. It is the perfect reflection of Piaget’s unremitting pursuit of the ultimate tradition for 140 years. ‘Perfection in Life’ has become the new Piaget Global Advertising Project.
Relying on superb watchmaking skills and high aesthetics of jewellery watches, Piaget invites discerning watch lovers to explore the brand’s exquisite timepieces and enjoy a unique experience in a special place. To pay tribute to the enthusiasm of Venice City for its pursuit of perfection and the extraordinary experience it brings to the world, Piaget has dedicated its professional skills to precious Venetian clocks since 1997, including the mechanism of the clock tower and Palazzo Ducale ) Clock repair work.
The clock tower is located on the north side of Piazza San Marco, and plays an important role in the overall layout of the city. The lower two floors of the tower have huge arches that lead to the city’s main street, Merceria, connecting the political and religious center of San Marco Square with commercial and financial center Rialto. The merchants who travel to Venice from the sea can see the clock of the clock tower far away and feel the wealth and glory of the city. Whether as a relic of time or a symbol of the glory of power, the clock tower still dominates this great water city.
The clock tower was first designed and built by Gian Carlo Ranieri in 1493, and then repaired in the mid-16th and 19th centuries. The two statues next to the bell were initially regarded as shepherds, but they were eventually named ‘Moors’ by the Venetians. The copper watch body also experienced years in the air of Water City, eroding and fading. Each of the two statues plays a unique role. It seems that the older statue strikes the bell body two minutes before the hour arrives to indicate the elapsed time, and the younger man strikes the bell body two minutes after the hour to welcome a new time .
The mechanism of the clock tower is still the original casting more than 500 years ago, but due to severe wear and tear, it is still difficult for the statue to accurately time the clock. As the exclusive maintainer and contributor of the Venetian clock mechanism, Piaget was again invited by the Venice Municipal Museum Foundation to invest a lot of funds and superb technology to complete the restoration of these famous buildings during the Renaissance. In a few years, the classic bells will reappear in Venice with the hammer of a Moorish statue.