Douglas Chalk's clockmaking story begins in 1980s London and involves barristers, the Royal Ballet, and a drain cleaning company called Dyno Rod.
Doug's design firm at the time had a diverse portfolio of clients, from the Ballet to that sketchy sounding plumber. The firm was about to get a big paycheck from the latter when the company went bankrupt, leaving Doug and his team high and dry.
But salvation came in the form of some clock motors leftover from a Cadbury Schweps promotion. Doug applied his creativity to this hardware, booked a stall at the Covent Garden craft market, and sold out of his distinctive clocks by teatime. Ever since, he's been having the "time of his life." Nice wordplay there, mate.