Rolex, Partner and Official Timekeeper to The 2010 Ryder Cup, has put in place one of its largest clocks ahead of next year’s tournament at the world class Celtic Manor Resort. In a spectacular feat of engineering, the signature Rolex timepiece has been positioned on the front elevation of the new Twenty Ten Clubhouse, just days before The 2009 Celtic Manor Wales Open.
The clock, which is one of only two Rolex clocks of this size in existence, measures 2.75m in diameter, weighs over 350kg and, due to its sheer size and weight, had to be winched into position by a crane. This centrepiece of the course now complements nine other clocks recently installed in the Twenty Ten Clubhouse and ten existing clocks around the Celtic Manor Resort.
In order to ensure pin point precision, the clock will operate by receiving an MSF signal, transmitted from Anthorn in Cumbria, which will keep the giant clock accurate to within one thousandth of a second.
On the installation of this magnificent timepiece David Cutler, general manager of Rolex UK, said, “There is no doubt that The 2010 Ryder Cup represents a milestone for The Celtic Manor Resort and, indeed, for Wales, and Rolex is delighted to be involved in its role as Official Timekeeper.
“Proud of its links with both The Ryder Cup and with Celtic Manor’s own Wales Open, it seems only appropriate that Rolex should mark this occasion in a special way and we are delighted to provide Celtic Manor with this, one of the two largest Rolex clocks in existence.”
The only other clock of the same size in the world is positioned on the Carnoustie Golf Course Hotel, overlooking the final hole of the celebrated Open Championship links.”
Dylan Matthews, chief executive of The Celtic Manor Resort, said, “This impressive clock forms a fitting centrepiece for The Twenty Ten Clubhouse as it faces the 18th green where so much drama will unfold and where history will no doubt be made during The 2010 Ryder Cup.
“Rolex has been a valued Official Timekeeper of The Celtic Manor Wales Open for many years and we are delighted that our association with this prestigious and respected brand will be further enhanced by this signature time piece.
“It is now less than 500 days until The Ryder Cup takes place in Wales for the first time and, with this Rolex clock keeping such a close watch, we know that every single, remaining moment will be counted down with the utmost precision.”
Rolex’s first involvement in golf began in 1967 with the American golfer, Arnold Palmer. Its association has now grown with its involvement in partnerships with the Ryder Cup, all four principal world authorities governing the sport and the four Major tournaments:-
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