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Flower clock

Alamos 590, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso

Description

Different species of flowers give shape to this tourist icon, located on the slope of Cerro Castillo, in front of Caleta Abarca Spa, an area of great scenic value and one of the most visited in Viña del Mar.

The clock, whose mechanism was built in the Favag factory in the city of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, was acquired by the city in 1962, as part of the plan to embellish it on the occasion of the appointment of Viña del Mar as one of the venues of the World Cup that year.

By September 5, 2013 the flower clock, after its mechanism was damaged by vandalism, was replaced by new machinery controlled by GPS, this in order to seek that when receiving some damage can be adjusted automatically and is less vulnerable. The mechanism was manufactured by the company Relojes Olvera III Generation from Zacatlan, Puebla, Mexico and the technician Esteban Becerra and Martin Guerrero were responsible for its installation which also includes digital sound programming that includes bells and tunes that will change according to the seasons and important days to celebrate.

On May 19, 2017 the clock was destroyed by a tree that fell on top of it due to a landslide, around 1:45 am caused by a rain and wind storm. The mayor of Viña del Mar, Virginia Reginato, announced that it would be rebuilt soon and that new handles for the clock would be sent from Mexico. In the week following its destruction, the entire flower and garden structure of the clock had been rebuilt, missing only the engine and the hands, which are of wood.

The completely repaired clock began to run on June 29th during a period of white running.

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