According to the Guinness Book of Records, the wall clock with the longest pendulum in the world can be found attracting the attention of visitors at the Hotel Cornavin in Geneva. The clock itself is seven metres tall, but the pendulum is 30 metres long. Looking at this mechanical masterpiece, it is hard to believe that it was entirely designed by one man – JK.

JK took on the challenge even after traditional clockmakers backed off working with such a long pendulum. This clockmaker extraordinaire creates sculpture clocks, each of unique design but sharing a characteristic appearance.

Leading watch designers, such as Francois-Paul Journe and Franck Muller, admire JK’ clocks. The reception area at the head office of one of the most prestigious watch companies in the world, Patek Philippe, is decorated by a Kazes sculpture clock, as are the offices of other famous watchmakers such as Cartier and Chopard.

JK’ clocks are also to be found in the offices of banks, insurance companies and lawyers’ offices, as well as in private apartments in Switzerland and globally.

JK, member of the Horological Academy of Independent Creators (AHCI – Academie Horlogere des Createurs Independants), is now in his eighties. In spite of his years, he is still working and offering the world his sculpture clocks, but at a rate of no more than twelve pieces in any given year. The clockmaker operates by himself and heartily loves his work.

“How JK makes his pendulum”

The material used to make a bespoke pendulum can be of any kind, but usually JK uses steel, brass and other metals. The artist does not use computer design rendering, instead he designs the clock by first sketching it on paper when the inspiration comes to him. Then a small model is built with final look and feel. Following this, he goes about cutting, bending, shaping and welding all the parts together before sending them for chrome-plating, gold-plating, special colouring and shine. It takes between two months to a year to create a pendulum, depending on the size and sculpture around it. The final clock will be placed with pride in a house, office, lobby of hotel, mall, airport, or another special location.

JK has partnered with William Wagner Geneva to work on bespoke pieces from 1.25 meter up to a future project of the longest pendulum in the world of 50 meters. Those pendulums are labeled William Wagner Geneva while JK applies his signature on the work as the artist.

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