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Dr John C Taylor speaking at the launch

Being an inventor, you never want to do anything that anybody has done before, so it was necessary to find a new way of telling time

A combination of Eastern beauty and British engineering

Noted British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE is proud to be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, which takes place at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre on 27-30 March 2015.

Dr Taylor recently attended the London launch of Design Shanghai and received a huge amount of interest in the Chronophage. The film from the event can be found here:

An extended version can be found here:

Created in tandem with Professor Long of the Hangzhou Art University, the Chronophage is a colourful, friendly and playful dragon which engages admirers with a selection of winks and waves.

Speaking about the design of the Chronophage, Isle of Man-based Dr Taylor said, “Being an inventor, you never want to do anything that anybody has done before, so it was necessary to find a new way of telling time.

“When you are approaching eighty, time isn’t on your side and I thought it would be fun to have a Chronophage which would eat the minute and you could never get it back.”

It is a mechanical clock that reveals a new and unique way of showing time. Through the use of concentric circles the seconds, minutes and hours are shown in a way that’s never been seen before.

A feature that is unique to the Dragon Chronophage is the appearance of a single pearl at the top of every hour which is then ‘swallowed’ by the dragon.

This design masterpiece is a timeless blend of Western and Eastern culture and showcases a staggering attention to detail. Each of the dragon’s scales is hand-crafted with love and attention to detail, to a jewellery standard.

After making his name designing patented bi-metal temperature controls for household appliances, it was Dr Taylor’s love of horology that inspired him to create the Chronophage.

Dates: 27-30 March 2015
Venue: Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Address: 1000 Yan’an Mid Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai, 200040

Useful links:
Short film:
Extended film:


About Dr John C Taylor OBE

Dr John C Taylor OBE was born in Buxton in Derbyshire in 1936. Having spent six years living in Canada during his childhood, he returned home at the end of the Second World War and attended King William School on the Isle of Man before studying Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

After finishing his education he took a job at Otter Controls, run by his father, and started working in bi-metal. His work with these controls led to Dr Taylor designing the thermostat systems that are used in almost two billion kettles and small household appliances.

Dr Taylor has also conducted a lot of research in the subject of horology. His admiration of John Harrison, an early pioneer of clocks and time-keeping, led him to design and help build the Corpus Chronophage, a metre-high clock that lives in the Corpus Christi College building at Cambridge University.

In his spare time, Dr Taylor also has a keen interest in aviation, having been a private pilot for over sixty years. Taught by his father as a child, he has so far amassed over 5,000 hours of flying time. He has a small collection of private planes that he keeps near his home in Arragon Mooar on the Isle of Man.

In order to give something back to those who have helped him over the years, Dr Taylor is an active philanthropist, having donated to various worthy causes. In addition to investing one million pounds of his own money in the Chronophage, which he donated to the university, he also helped to fund the library in which the clock stands.

Dr Taylor is on Twitter at

Notes to Editors

Design Shanghai

Design Shanghai is China’s leading international design event. In 2014, Design Shanghai opened its doors to over 47,000 visitors, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community.

Showcasing the best design brands from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with China’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, facilities managers, private buyers and anyone with passion for exciting, new and inspiring designs.

2015 will see the return of China’s premier design event, featuring even more of the finest international design houses, inspiring speakers and curated features.

Twitter: @designshanghai
Weibo: DesignShanghai
WeChat: designshanghai


Founded ten years ago Media 10 Limited is the most decorated media and events company in the UK.

Media 10 Ltd has fast become one of the leading players in the media and events industry as a result of running some of the most iconic and successful magazines and events in the country, including Grand Designs magazine, Icon magazine, Grand Designs Live and the world’s oldest consumer exhibition: The Ideal Home Show.

Other events in Media 10’s portfolio include 100% Design, 100% Optical, Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model Live, Clerkenwell Design Week, The London Design Trail, Grand Designs Awards, Icon Awards, Destination Star Trek and Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace.

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