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A longcase clock, also tall-case clock, floor clock, or grandfather clock, is a tall, freestanding, weight-driven pendulum clock with the pendulum held inside the tower or waist of the case. Clocks of this style are commonly 1.8–2.4 metres (6–8 feet) tall. The case often features elaborately carved ornamentation on the hood (or bonnet), which surrounds and frames the dial, or clock face. The English clockmaker William Clement is credited with the development of this form in 1670. Until the early 20th century, pendulum clocks were the world’s most accurate timekeeping technology, and longcase clocks, due to their superior accuracy, served as time standards for households and businesses. Today they are kept mainly for their decorative and antique value.

TM1 & 2 – The first Time Machine

Schlumpf Zeitmaschinen - Time Machines TM1 & 2

The first generation of Time Machines TM1 was created with the goal of showing that time is much more than positions of minute and hour hands. Time as a continuum, time as something discoverable with our senses, audible, visible, a thing that inspires wonder. Our goal was to create a sense of timeless eternity in a room through the sound of the machine
and the meditative swing of the pendulum.

The second generation, called TM2, is equipped with an elegant, simple, and shapely minute and hour indicator,
with a rotating minute hand a ring gear with an integrated hour marker.

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Gramat

Gramat

Dimensions: 205 x 30 x 22 cm ( H x B x T )

Duration: 4 months

Price Range (inkl. VAT): 55 – 65.000,00 €

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The precision pendulum clock GRAMAT is the only clock currently being produced that operates in a partial vacuum similarly to the clocks in evacuated tanks produced in the last century. After a long development period, PW has succeeded in producing hand-made, extremely delicate and airtight housings. By means of a patented process, the density of the enclosed air is kept remarkably constant, thus protecting the pendulum from atmospheric changes. The sensor is a glass ball with a volume of approx. one liter. The air’s density affects the ball’s buoyancy, which, in turn, controls a small vacuum pump located in the base of the clock. This control mechanism is so sensitive that it is triggered by density changes of less than 0.1 mg per liter, which corresponds to a change in air pressure of 1/10 hPa. The control panel is located in a drawer. When it is time to wind up the clock, the vacuum control unit is turned off and air is permitted to enter through a valve. The air pressure is indicated on a precise diaphragm pressure gauge.

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TM3 – The small Time Machine

Time Machine TM3

The TM3 is a smaller Time Machine, with 4 types of models either wall-mounted and freestanding. It is available in a variety of finishs, including black, matte silver and gold. We can also design unique combinations of finishes, including gold leaf or monochromatic.

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NL5ooRH

Price Range (inkl. VAT): 45 – 55.000,00 €

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Posterdruck NL 500

The opportunity to purchase something unusual or even unique, is and has always been a prominent feature of classical craftsmanship. A fine example of this is the clock NL 500 in the rhodium-plated version shown on this page.

 

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At first glance, the longcase clock NL 500 is an elegant seconds beating pendulum clock which is persuasive through its fine technical detail and its contemporary yet conservative lines of the case. Upon opening the front door and looking closer into the perfectly finished mechanics of the movement, significant differences of traditional movement designs are evident. Two weights in a grandfather clock are normally indicating the presence of a strike mechanism in addition to the regular time movement – but in this particular clock it is not so! It is also striking that the movement is symmetrical and of clean structured design. During assembly even the spokes of the wheels are aligned to each other by the assembling clockmaker.

Both weights are used only to drive the pure going train. Each weight serves an independent gear train and at the second main wheel they combine to a single gear train up to the special Matthias Naeschke escapement. This unique construction was necessary to make the longcase clock NL 500, a so-called long runner with a power reserve of not less than four years. This clock is a real horological masterpiece that requires extensive experience in dealing with gears and optimal power transmission. 12 precision ball bearings on the drive and 4 rubies on the escapement reduce the frictional power losses to significantly less than 5%.

Thus, the longcase clock NL 500 is absolutely unique in the market of mechanical clocks for complementing well furnished living spaces. This is reflected also in the number produced. Each year only a few of this clock category leave the workshops of the German clock manufactory. Each piece is individually numbered and as well some are further refined according to individual customer requests.

The clock model NL 500 – as conceived in the House of Matthias Naeschke – will go down as a milestone in the history of European clockmaking.

 

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Matthias Naeschke - NL 126

Majestic precision with a power reserve of one year

Dimensions: 210 x 45 x 23 cm ( H x B x T )
Price Range (inkl. VAT): 45 – 55.000,00 €
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A new clock of Matthias Naeschke is always a technological unity with fine aesthetic focus. The longcase clock NL126 skilfully blends the majestic swing of the unusually long 1,75 m (1¼ seconds) pendulum with the long running duration of the clockwork of one year. Decades of accumulated experience of the German clockmakers from building long duration clocks and the fundamental horological knowledge about physical feasibility have combined in the realisation of this fine development.

Matthias Naeschke - NL 126
The energy necessary for the drive of the pendulum of the NL126 is generated from a driving force of only five kilograms, which is distributed on two separate weight lines. The clockwork is skeletonized in the typical manner of Matthias Naeschke. The large central escape wheel is a noble feature of the shape and form of the finely gilded plates. The use of twelve modern stainless precision ball bearings, four ruby bearings and ruby pallets on the anchor together with extremely precise gearing reduces the natural frictional loss of energy to an absolute minimum. A hand engraved chapter ring from Sterling Silver completes the work. The cabinet of the NL126 is styled in a very conservative manner. The front door possesses a full-height pane of bevelled glass providing a full and free view of the interesting technology behind it. Inlays from mother of pearl and ebony in the cabinet rear wall set small points of sheen which enhances the compulsion of this clock in drawing the viewer into its spell. The clockmakers integrated a concealed LED unit into the cabinet head so that even in the night, when this is illuminated, the subtle glow enhances the polished gold and silver of the surfaces which appear even more brilliant.

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