For more than three decades the brand name of Matthias Naeschke stands for exclusivity and the highest quality craftsmanship of clocks, manufactured in small quantities or as unique stand-alone pieces. The German clock manufactory is setting radiant rose gold accents with a table clock in the shape of the classic 8-day. The NT 8 catches the eye of the viewer in addition to its exceptional colour – incidentally the first table clock from the German clockmakers in rose gold – but also due to numerous technical refinements and artisan expertise.
Here, especially note the small distance of the wheels between the main plates of just 21mm. Thus, the NT 8 is one of the slimmest skeleton clocks ever made. This became possible by an ingenious three-piece barrel structure in which a very small mainspring is inserted directly into a section of the large main wheel. Looking at the movement from the side, it would be easy to believe there is no barrel needed in this movement.
The escapement of the new clock movement is dominated by a typical, large Naeschke escape wheel and circular ruby pallets. Delicate flame-blued hands, sawn and polished by hand, glide over a chapter ring with the finest hand engravings made of pure sterling silver. Two precision ball bearings and four large ruby jewels on the gear train are in charge for optimum power transmission and friction reduction.
A 5-rod compensation pendulum quietly swings, beating half-seconds, nicely framed behind the movement. This is the first time in a large clock that rose gilding is employed and its colour harmonizes perfectly with the silver dial and columns.
In the case design Sebastian Naeschke uses the classical method and the craftsmanship of a hand-blown glass dome, which was created especially for this clock in a renowned Bavarian glassworks. It protects the movement not only from dust and environmental influences but equally supports the delicate presentation of this new timepiece. The unusually shaped base of the new Naeschke table clock is made of walnut and provided with silver metal inlays.
The colour of walnut was not altered by staining. Rather, a colourless, high gloss clear polished varnish was applied to protect the character of the wood. Its natural colour is thus even more effective and harmonizes perfectly with the rose gold of the movement. The winding key is kept in a small drawer in the walnut base and easily accessible for the weekly winding ritual of the clock.
Table clock NT 8
Matthias Naeschke caliber 8
Power reserve 8 days
Skeletonized main plates of 4 mm brass and 3 solid pillars
All brass parts are mirror polished and gilded in rose gold
Pinions and arbors hardened and polished
Dead-beat “Naeschke” escapement with round ruby pallets
Compensation pendulum beating 120 per minute
2 precision ball bearings, 5 ruby bearings
Hand-engraved chapter ring of 1.5 mm sterling silver
Roman or Arabic numerals possible
A rose-gilded bezel is fitted
Base of the case made of nut wood with metal inlays and polished clear varnish
A drawer for the key is fitted in the front of the base
A mouth-blown glass dome protects the clockwork from dust
Clockwork attachment on two solid metal columns
Four adjustment screws for leveling the case
Height x width x depht: 45 x 32 x 25 cms
Different possibilities for individualization
The movements can be refined in yellow gold, rhodium or rose gold
The wooden cases can be adapted to existing interior fittings