The British King Charles III. is, in his own words, a big fan of special old watches. "I just love the sound, the tick-tock, but also when they chime, so I especially love grandfather clocks," Charles said on a craft show scheduled to air on Wednesday to mark the BBC's 100th anniversary.
"I find that comforting in a weird way, they become really special parts of the house, the beating heart of it." He inherited his preference from his grandmother, who used to have fun letting two clocks in the dining room chime at exactly the same moment. "It was very funny, everyone had to stop talking."
According to the broadcaster, the monarch has an 18th-century wall clock and pottery made for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 repaired in the show "The Repair Shop".
The episode was filmed between Autumn 2021 and March 2022 - i.e. before the death of Queen Elizabeth II while Charles was still heir to the throne - on the grounds of Dumfries House in Scotland, which is owned by The Prince's Foundation, which Charles founded. The purpose of the performance is to show the king's passion for preserving craftsmanship. Citizens also bring heirlooms in need of repair to the show.