Matthias Naeschke Regulator NR 110

Anyone looking for a classic regulator in the reduced style of the great French precision pendulum clocks will find exactly that in the Matthias Naeschke model NR 110. This regulator embodies all the typical characteristics of a Naeschke long-case clock in a smaller size.

Starting with the case, through to the 12-facetted weight-shell up to the pendulum, one can immediately recognize the unmistakable hallmark of Naeschke clockworks. This finely crafted and rhodium-plated movement is characteristically represented by an oversized escape wheel with a long arm anchor and its round ruby pallets makes this piece an unmistakable timepiece from Naeschke.

The movement developed especially for this regulator has a power reserve of more than two weeks and is constructed with 4mm brass main plates. The power transmission runs in precision ball bearings, the escapement and other wheels in ruby bearings. The chapter ring, made of 1.5mm sterling silver is individually engraved and finished by hand for each regulator. In addition to the time display with the Regulator NR 110, the date can also be read in a window above the “6”.

The special feature of the date is its switching mechanism which has been specially designed to save space – it is barely visible in the movement. The result is a strictly reduced and harmonious clockwork with focus on the oversized escapement. A further highlight is the extremely complex compensating pendulum with its mirror-polished pendulum bob.

The filigreed, 110 cm cherry wood case is fitted with three bevelled, polished, silver-lined glass panels. A feature of the case is the exclusive dark lacquer specially developed for Naeschke clocks. On closer examination, the wood graining is still visible through the fine silk-matte finish. This unique effect gives the case life and sensitivity. For more than two decades, this has been a characteristic feature of Matthias Naeschke clocks.

Technical details

Regulator NR 110 RH

Clockwork
Matthias Naeschke Cal. 110
Power reserve 17 days
Compound Weight drive
Skeletonized main plates of 4 mm brass and 3 solid pillars
All brass parts are mirror polished and (except the gilded wheels) rhodium plated
Pinions and arbors hardened and polished
Dead-beat “Naeschke” escapement with round ruby pallets
Compensation pendulum beating 72/minute
2 precision ball bearings, 6 ruby bearings

Dial and Hands
Hand-engraved chapter ring of 1.5mm sterling silver
Flame-blued hands
Date indication in a window in the chapter ring above “6”

Clock case
Cherry wood with a special “Matthias Naeschke” dark stained satin varnish
The wood graining is still visible through the satin varnish,
Glass frames in silver colour
3 bevelled glasses

Dimensions
Height x width x depth: 110 x 26 x 16 cms

Variations
Different possibilities for customisation. The movement and parts can be finished in yellow gold, rose gold or rhodium. The wooden cases can be adapted to harmonize with existing interior decor.

Matthias Naeschke Table Clock NT 2

This fine table clock from the Germany’s Naeschke manufactory features high art combination of traditional materials, supremely classic form and extraordinary mechanical complications.

Its elegantly solid construction provides for a full running reserve of 60 days. The mainspring power is moderated by a barrel and fusee and its Swiss lever platform, with a screwed balance escapement as the regulating organ, beats at 14.400 per hour.

The clock has two dials and therefore requires a motion work on either side of its main plates. The local time zone is displayed on a chapter ring around a world time display. A perpetual calendar with leap year display is integrated into the display of the calendar week together with a power reserve indication.

On a second 24 hour dial on the reverse side of the clock is another pair of hands and here the hour hand incorporates hourly latching which can then be adjusted to represent a second time zone. This table clock presents many useful functions in a very confined space. But these special functions are surely needed for a good overview in a globalised and networked world. And of course with Matthias Naeschke’s inspired designs, its complications are purely and exclusively mechanical.

The dials of this table clock are true masterpieces of the engraver’s art. The dials and the case are a complex assembly creating stylistic elements redolent of the French Empire style. The chapter rings are of sterling silver, hand-sewn and comprehensively worked with especially fine hand engravings.

The surrounding decoration elements of the dials are worked in relief and give the dials an incomparable depth. On the dial with the second time zone is a very special relief. Here, the manufactory was inspired by the famous allegorical depictions of “Morning”, “Noon”, “Evening” and “Night” by the Dresden art Professor Johannes Schilling ca. 1861-68. The originals are bronze castings on the north side of the Brühl Terrace in Dresden. As well there are copies made of Elb Sandstone in the Schlossteichpark in the East German town of Chemnitz.

The case, also emulating the Empire style, consists of finest ebony, which is rare and now very difficult to obtain. Appliqués of sterling silver set brilliant accents and give emphasis to the clear design idiom.

A most interesting refinement of this table clock case remains concealed. A large ball-bearing turntable is integrated into the base, enabling the entire piece to float almost imperceptibly 1 mm above the table. Thus the whole clock rotates on its own central axis and the change between the dial views is quick and effortless or alternatively to see through the faceted glass panes and marvel at the highly polished and gilded mechanical intricacies at work.

Matthias Naeschke Table Clock NT 12

The table clock NT 12 is proof that the mechanics of clockmaking are limitless.

The movement is a real powerhouse. Two weighty barrels together provide nearly 20 kilograms of spring force that pull on a single steel wire of just one millimetre diameter. Thus the entire power is transmitted to the fusee and through it to the going train. A conventional fusee chain would not withstand this enormous burden and break unpredictably.

So why does the NT 12 require so much more energy than similar spring-driven movements? This is due to the considerable running time of more than one year – 13.5 months, to be precise. The wheels and the entire frame of this clock have been proportionally sized for this purpose. The pillars which connect the main plates to each other are positioned so that there may be no distortion. Much of the beautifully finished gilded mechanism is visible through its creative design and arrangement.

The movement sits on four solid columns forming a platform. Of the two integrated barrels only one is visible. It is separated from the gear train and is placed centrally at the foot of the columns whilst the other barrel is concealed in the base of the clock. In addition to the time display on a sterling silver dial the NT 12 also has a separately arranged power reserve indicator. All parts are dimensioned slightly larger in this clock as is the winding key which is a perfectly proportional match.

To celebrate the pleasure of handling the key after a full year it was allotted a separate drawer in the wooden base of the case.

Technical details

Table clock NT 12

Movement
Matthias Naeschke caliber 12
Power reserve: 13.5 months
Spring drive with double barrel and fusee
Main plates of 4 mm brass with 5 pillars
All brass parts are either high polished or finely sanded and gold-plated
Pinions and arbors are hardened and polished
Matthias Naeschke escapement with compensating pendulum
Frequency: 108 beats per minute
6 ruby bearings and 2 ruby pallets
8 precision ball bearings

Indication
Chaptering of solid sterling silver with hand engravings
Hand-knurled bezel
Separate indication of the power reserve
Blued steel hands

Case
Cherry wood base with drawer for the winding key
Alignment of the case by 4 large screws on each corner of the case
Solid multi-piece glass shade with 5 bevelled glasses and a front door
A drawer accommodates the winding key

Dimensions
(Height x Width x Depth): 63 x 42 x 32 cm

Variations
Case base made of various materials
Rhodium or rose gold plating for the movement and case
Bespoke variations possible

Matthias Naeschke NT 8 Table Clock

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.

Technical details

Table clock NT 8

Clockwork
Matthias Naeschke caliber 8
Power reserve 8 days
Spring drive
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

Indication
Hand-engraved chapter ring of 1.5 mm sterling silver
Roman or Arabic numerals possible
Flame-blued hands
A rose-gilded bezel is fitted

Clock case
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

Dimensions
Height x width x depht: 45 x 32 x 25 cms

Variations
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

Matthias Naeschke NT 9 Table Clock

The NT 9 table clock by Matthias Naeschke is a timepiece of understated elegance. The dial is the highlight of the table clock NT 9. It is entirely hand-made in elaborate and diverse work steps.

The matt-blasted and gilded base dial is surrounded by a polished and screwed frame, composed of four individual segments. Engravings in the form of a traditional diamond pattern with flowers engraved in the crossing points which, depending on the angle, refract the light. This creates a wonderful image, always different and creating an illusory depth of view.

The round chapter rings for time and date are engine-turned in their centre each by hand with a radiating pattern. Engine-turned patterns surround the minutes. The dials are completed by extremely fine hand engravings of the numerals with Matthias Naeschke-lettering at the indexes. The final matt silvery sheen is applied through the very old method of granular pure silvering. Thus perfect legibility of the dial is fully ensured even from a distance.

A highly polished cherrywood case with faceted glasses on either side provides a clear view of the immaculately finished, gilded movement. Extremely fine gearing mounted in 14 rubies is running between trapezoidal main plates transmitting the driving force of the 14-day mainspring to a platform with a Swiss Made lever escapement. A screwed balance beating 14.400 per hour ensures the accuracy of this timepiece.

In addition to the time is a most important function of daily necessities – the date, which is displayed in the same large-dial format. The winding and the setting of the clock is performed through small openings in the rear of the case and a drawer accommodates the winding key. The solid, damped construction of the wooden case muffles all escapement noise. With its compact dimensions of 16.5 x 11 x 24.5 cm (W x D x H), this clock NT 9 is perfectly suited to find its place on desks, sideboards or on fine furniture.

Technical details

Movement
Matthias Naeschke caliber 9
Power reserve: 14 days
Spring drive
Trapezoidal main plates of 2 mm brass with 4 pillars
All brass parts are either high polished or finely sanded and gold-plated
Pinions and arbors are hardened and polished
Swiss lever platform escapement with screw balance
Frequency: 14.400 beats per hour
14 ruby bearings and functional stones

Indication
Dial made of several parts which are either hand engraved or engine-turned
Dial finish is gilded and granular pure silvering
Blued steel Breguet hands are fitted
Date indication on a separate dial

Case
Cherry wood with gilded metal inlays and stained like black with a polished finish
Faceted glasses on either side
The winding and the setting of the clock is performed through small openings in the rear of the case
A drawer accommodates the winding key

Dimensions
(Height x Width x Depth): 24,5 x 16,5 x 11 cm

Variations
Case made of nut wood in a polished finish
Dial variations with bespoke engravings possible
Dial set with diamonds

Matthias Naeschke

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.

Contact details

Matthias Naeschke Spiel- und Flötenuhren GmbH
Fliederstrasse 7
DE 72401 Haigerloch
Germany
http://www.fine-clocks.com
www.matthias-naeschke.de