In these pagese we discuss the history and the recent restoration of St. Mark's Tower Clock, in Venice.
Our articles were first published on the Horological Journal.
The last clock "temperatore" (custodian), Alberto Peratoner, who lived in the Tower, wrote a critique illustrating the errors made during the repair work. The piece can be considered public domain and freely distributed but not altered in any way, to let people know how thing have gone. He also made a website on the Clock: L'Orologio della Torre.
The Maison Piaget kindly sent us some informative material, including a Technical Brief of the restoration work, which could be viewed on their web site www.venezia-torre.com. The site has been definitively closed and the domain name is now available for registration.
Giuseppe Brusa (historian), one of the authors of the restoration job, together with Alberto Gorla (clockmaker specialized in tower mechanisms), after many months, replied to our criticism on the Venetian Museums website, further increasing our doubts on the correctness of the restoration.
The final goal is to preserve the integrity of this 500 years old clock without undue modifications.