Precision Table Regulator and Galvanometer, Masterpiece from Albert Haute In 1933 And 1934, Brussels Professional School of Precision Mechanics and Electricity. Extremely robust construction movement with thick plates and four large turned pillars screwed on both sides, Graham escapement, steel suspension powered by a mainspring in a barrel allowing for a two-week autonomy. Pine wood rod pendulum with micrometric crutch adjustment, graduated adjustment on the heavy brass bob.The plates nicely machined and marble patterned. Large silvered dial with Roman numerals for the hours, bearing the signature ECOLE PROFESSIONELLE DE MÉCANIQUE DE PRÉCISION ET D'ELECTRICITÉ DE BRUXELLES, ALBERT HAUTE 1933. Two blued steel hands, with polished conical washer at the center;
The galvanometer accompanying the clock is also entirely made by the scholar, and signed ALBERT HAUTE 1934, which seems to indicate that the scholar followed an extra specialisation course on the manufacture of instruments for one year. It is extremely rare to find a clock and a scientific instrument (and in this case also a winding key with initials) all bearing the same signature. Only one other example is known to us, that of André De Jonghe 1922 (on the clock) and 1923 (on the galvanometer).
A galvanometer is an electromechanical instrument for detecting and measuring electric current.
H. 20" (51 cm), W. 14" (36 cm), D. 6 ¼" (16cm)
L'ECOLE PROFESSIONELLE DE MÉCANIQUE DE PRÉCISION ET D'ELECTRICITÉ DE BRUXELLES
The Brussels Professional School of Precision Mechanics and Electricity, that was to become later the Arts and Crafts School of Brussels, held the reputation of being one of the finest clock-making school in the World in the 20th Century years preceding the Second World War. As an end of school project, the students had to entirely manufacture a precision regulator of a given design. They were left with some liberties for some of the execution details, and these finished works were to become their masterpiece, that were to stay with them for the rest of their career, so as to demonstrate their skill, but also to regulate all the other time instruments that they would work on.