Bottomline: Yes, would recommend to a friend.
I echo what the other reviewers have said. This piece is beautiful and looks like it belongs in a museum. It took me a minute to figure out where to put the battery 😉 (the clock face on the front pops out) and so far I love it. I’m not sure how long the battery will last, as I’ve only had the item a few weeks, so I’m not sure about ease of maintenance yet. I do like that it runs on a standard AA battery, I just hope the battery lasts a long while.