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Autonomous Quartz Clock

Autonomous Quartz Clock

"The Kennedy Clock"

Maker: Heinz Wipperfeld and Patek Philippe

Place Made: Berlin, Germany

Medium: Metal, marble, wood

Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 13 1/2 x 5 inches

Autonomous quartz clock displaying three time zones for Washington DC, Moscow and Berlin.  The clock consists of a rectangular brass casing bearing three clock faces on the front.  The rectangular casing is suspended by a curved bronze support  attached to the sides.  The bronze support is fitted into a square marble base.  This clock was designed for President Kennedy to resemble a nautical instrument recalling Kennedy's naval service.  Created and given to President Kennedy by Heinz Wipperfeld, a citizen of Berlin, the clock reflects the struggle between the Soviet Union and the West over the future of Berlin.

 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum