Matthias Naeschke is a German clockmaker. Based in the small Hohenzollern town of Haigerloch in Germany, Matthias Naeschke and his son Sebastian Naeschke create fine mechanical clocks.
Matthias Naeschke (born 1943) is a skilled clockmaker, technical designer and church organist. For some years he was working in the finest jewellery shops of Switzerland and England. After his technical studies, he developed and designed mechanical movements for several industrial companies. At that time the era of handcrafted production of clocks was nearly at an end.
Matthias Naeschke started in 1984 in a small atelier in his private home to build organ clocks. Thus he was the first organist artisan in 150 years to study the art and revive the high craft of the organ-clockmaker. Today, Matthias Naeschke and his workmen are the only makers of new organ clocks in the world today. The objective of Matthias Naeschke is to develop classical craftsmanship, find new solutions and to explore physics in the realms of high horology.
Matthias Naeschke is one of the founding members of the Académie Horologère Des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) – where he has been a member since 1986. The members of the AHCI want to prove that beside industrial watch and clock manufacturing, there is also a need for manual and artistic watch and clockmaking and that individual craftsmanship can still occupy an important place. The existence of the AHCI is based on a dependable know-how of classical watch and clockmaking. The members of the AHCI promote exceptional horological innovations as well as special technical and artistic executions.
Sebastian Naeschke (born 1971), an avid musician, is following in the footsteps of his father and is thus the second generation of family clockmakers carrying the prestigious Naeschke name. Inspired by the beautifully spiritual and artistic influence of his father, Sebastian finished his training at the celebrated Feintechnikschule in Villingen-Schwenningen and subsequently devoted himself to the watch and clockmaking profession.
After his graduation as a watch and clockmaker and on completion of civil service, he moved to Switzerland. Working several years as a watchmaker at the IWC in Schaffhausen, Sebastian Naeschke gathered valuable experience primarily as specialist for split-seconds chronographs. Thereafter he rounded out his skills and knowledge as manager for Helmut Sinn at his small watch workshop in Switzerland. He was responsible for design and making of the brands Guinand, Chronosport and Jubilar. Returning to Germany in 1999, he joined the management of the 1984-founded family business. Sebastian Naeschke became a member of the prestigious AHCI in 2006.
The long tradition of the manufactory of Matthias Naeschke has inevitably cast its spell on Sebastian Naeschke. The constant philosophical motivation of father and son is to seek out brilliant innovations and aesthetic solutions in fine clock-making for the family company.