Stately Elegance in a Stand-Up Clock
Grandfather clocks are distinguished from other timepieces with a pendulum mechanism in that the pendulum is encased. Antique clocks often featured a 30-hour movement, which required that they be wound once a day. It’s not uncommon for novice collectors to discover an old grandfather clock, wind it, and then believe that the clock is malfunctioning because it stops a day later.
Most new cherry grandfather clocks have been upgraded to an eight-day movement, requiring the owner to wind them once a week. Some have claimed that this type of movement decreases the longevity of the clock’s mechanism, but very little evidence has been presented to support it. In any case, grandfather clocks bring a sense of stately elegance to any room.