In 1845 an Italian precision instrument maker, Onorato Comitti, travelled to England seeking a new future in the land that was enjoying the unprecedented prosperity generated by the Industrial Revolution and in 1850 he open his workshops alongside other specialist makers in Clerkenwell, London.
Dedicated to the pursuit of perfection and innovation, he quickly achieved an unsurpassed reputation for his recording instruments including the finest quality mercury and aneroid barometers. It was during the late Victorian period that Comitti Clocks gained renown as one of the finest clockmakers in England receiving the Diploma of Honour for the company’s workmanship in 1888.
More than 150 years later, Comitti Clocks from Nettletons Jewellers Clitheroe is still a family-owned business, run by the fifth generation, which remains true to the founding principles of Onorato Comitti and continues to maintain the company’s international reputation for luxury timepieces in the finest traditions of English clock making.
Original Comitti barometers and Comitti clocks from those early days are now sought-after and valuable antiques. Tellingly, some of the Comitti Clocks styles created in the late 1800s continue to be made today, using many of the same techniques and attracting the same wonder that they always did. Such a heritage allows Comitti Clocks to offer a bespoke maintenance and restoration service for all antique clocks and barometers.