About our clocks:
A standard quartz movement will make a ticking noise, regardless of whether or not the clock has a second's hand. There are sweep-second movements which do not make any ticking noise. This technology has improved over the years.
The US Government operates the world's most accurate clock, the atomic clock, in Colorado. This atomic clock is the standard reference for the correct time. The time is broadcasted 24-hours a day via a low frequency radio signal. When the sun goes down, the earth's upper atmosphere reflects these radio waves, allowing the signal to reach all continental US locations, and most of North America. Radio controlled clocks receive this signal through an antennae and will decode the signal through an internal computer, synchronizing themselves each night .
Quartz sounds exotic, but it's actually one of the most common minerals on Earth. It's made from a chemical compound called silicon dioxide, which can be found in sand and most types of rock. Perhaps the most interesting thing about quartz is that it is piezoelectric. That means if you squeeze a quartz crystal, it generates a tiny electric current. The opposite is also true: if you pass electricity through quartz, it vibrates at a precise frequency (it shakes about an exact number of times each second).
Inside a quartz clock or watch, the battery sends electricity to the quartz crystal through an electronic circuit. The quartz crystal oscillates at a precise frequency: exactly 32,768 times each second. The circuit counts the number of vibrations and uses them to generate regular electric pulses; one per second. These pulses drive a small motor, turning gear wheels that spin the clock's second, minute, and hour hands.
For more information here's an article on how quartz movements work
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It depends on the model. Some of our clocks can go outside, others cannot. If you use an indoor clock outside, it will void the 1-year warranty on your clock. Most of our large clocks such as the Tower XXL are not meant to be used outdoors.
Installing your clock:
Here's a great guide on How to hang anything on anything
Choosing a clock:
Before buying a clock think about where you would like to put it.
Will it go on a tabletop or on the wall?
Will it go inside your home or office or outside?
Once you have answered these questions think about the size of the space the clock will go.
A large clock can make a great statement on otherwise empty, boring wall.
A small clock can add just a touch of color in a smaller space.