DE VIC Hendrik (De Wyck Hendrik)( The constructor of the first mechanical clocks.)
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Biography DE VIC Hendrik (De Wyck Hendrik)
Born either in the county of Wц+rttemberg (now - part of Baden-Wц+rttemberg, Germany), or in the Duchy of Lorraine (in the town of Vic, near Chateau-Salem, France). Approximately in 1360, King Charles V of France called De Wick in Paris and instructed him to build a clock tower in the Royal Palace (now - the Palace of Justice). On the creation and installation of hours spent 8 years, and all these years, the master lived in the tower. On the dial there was only one arrow, a bell beat every hour; Accuracy is regulated by means of weights, move along 'rocker', and was about 2 hours a day. The clock mechanism is driven by the load at 227 kg, and the bell, mark time, - a weight of 680 kg. Clock De Wick repaired and upgraded for the last time no later than 1852; principle is not much different from that used in modern mechanical watch with weights.