Evalo Hans Clocks

Charles V and his son Philip II had an affinity that is very close to the world of clockmaking surrounding himself with great clockmakers and founding a courtly tradition that would become stronger with the passage of the years…

Evalo Hans was a craftsman of Flemish origin and clockmaker attached to the Chamber of Philip II, that was until his last breath in the year 1598, year in which the King also curiously died. Its function was to build clocks, but not only that, also had to ensure the acquisition of other nationals or foreigners for the use of the King and keep them.

Currently, only know three clocks in vintage style built by him, which are not few taking into account the degree of its complexity and its enormous beauty. One of them was the “Reloj-Candil” of 1583, with 52 cm in height and 17 cm in diameter. You can see the Monastery of El Escorial on the table of the House of the wise King which stands out as a great jewel of the national heritage. It apparently was a night clock since the King was very interested in controlling the time at all hours, hence it place the clock near his bed, which allowed him to work in his quarters and attend prayers with the religious community of El Escorial at the right time.

It’s a clock according to the expertise of the official Association of jewellers, goldsmiths, clockmakers and gemmologists of Catalonia is valued at more than 3,000,000 euros currently.

Another of its three clocks, dating back to 1581, is treasured in the Museum of the Toshogu Temple, located in the steep Mount Kunosan of Shizuokain Japan. It’s a beautiful old clock shaped lantern, brass gilded with Renaissance buy lipitor 10mg decoration, chime for hours and wake up and with an engraved inscription that says “Evalo Hans me fecit in Madrid.” A 1581 “. It is the oldest mechanical clock that has Japan, and even one of the most ancient that exists in the world in this genre.

But how he could have come to Japan? Apparently D. Rodrigo de Vivero y Velasco was given by the Governor of the Philippine Islands ‘Shogun’ Tokugawa-Ieyasu of Japan in 1612 as a thank you to the Japanese Government of shogunate by the warm treatment that had received the survivors of a shipwreck occurred some years ago in the Japanese coasts, in 1609, when the Spanish San Francisco Galleon was heading from the Philippines to new Spain where Rodrigo de Vivero was then the Viceroy in the reign of Felipe III.

Apparently, the boat was wrecked by adverse weather causes during his voyage in the Pacific. Only 300 survivors managed to reach, with much effort, the old province of Kazusa.

It was then when Rodrigo de Vivero met with Tokugawa Ieyasu, the authority of the country at that time. After the interview was forged a friendship hispano-japonesa. Evalo Hans clock was the symbol of this new relationship, that it symbolized the first contacts between Spanish and Japanese authorities official level, while years later hahaha.

This clock was stolen from the Temple in 1956 and returned two weeks later, and why is it still in the Toshogu Temple. According to Japanese culture, this clock was the starting point for the research in the clock industry. On occasion, on the occasion of the “Day time” that celebrates Japanese culture each June 10, the chimes of the clock have been transmitted wirelessly by broadcaster NHK in all Japan.