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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 500 - 4 Year Clock
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Why is the Naeschke workshop always looking for new challenges? Sounding out the frontiers of physics and translating the results into harmonious objects is without question a wonderful task.

The fascination of mechanics really begins on its boundaries. It is usually a question of the boundaries of stability, of the largest and the tiniest of forces, of miniaturisation or of the greatest or the slowest of speeds. Venturing into realms such as these was always the great challenge for clockmakers. A typical case of this was the one-year precision clock, which was invented 150 years ago.

However, one challenge that had never been accomplished was to design a four-year clock. Far beyond the efficiency this brings, this clock is an expression of our times. It needs very little care or attention. It will prompt its owners daily to think about their relationship to time.

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The development of this four-year clock is based on the experience in the Naeschke workshop of building a total of 75 one-year clocks. The result is an extremely robust and durable clock – and a remarkably beautiful clock of harmonious design. There is nothing and has never been anything comparable.

The enormous power, this clock needs to be driven, was the biggest challenge for Matthias Naeschke.

Here, seven wheels run in ruby or ball bearings between 6-mm thick plates. Two independent main and intermediate wheels transmit their rotation to a common third intermediate wheel. This construction, which was devised in the Naeschke workshop, permits the use of normal clock wheels, even for the great wheel. And thus the energy needed is halved. This is the basic concept behind the four-year clock.

For the escapement, we have again used the proven dead beat escapement with round ruby pallets.

The precision of the craftsman’s skills is taken to extremes in this clock: every single escape wheel is very finely balanced in a special device. Any imbalance in the wheel is eliminated by means of fine vertical drill holes at the base of the teeth.

The regulator is a compensation pendulum which was also completely developed by Matthias Naeschke. In the meantime it has been successfully used in various different clocks. Three different materials work together in this 5-rod compensation pendulum.

The case is very sturdy and torsion-free, to be able to withstand the great forces and weights involved. It is made of dark stained cherry wood, but still looks light and delicate. Silver strips surround the three-faceted glass. The clock conveys an impression of timelessness, and at the same time is reminiscent of the Empire style.

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Matthias Naeschke - NL 200
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This long case clock, with its eight-week movement and its half-hour strike, using two large bells (ding, dong), is a classic and distinguished living room clock, or hall clock.

This carefully fashioned clock is predestined to provide permanent pleasure to anyone with style and culture. Even if the owners are absent for longer periods of time, the clock will still be running and striking on their return.

Matthias Naeschke - NL 200
The sturdy movement, which has been designed to last for generations, has great potential for a variety of special individual requirements. Apart from hours, minutes and seconds, it can indicate the date, the full calendar, the perpetual calendar, equation of time, the phases of the moon, etc. It is shown here with a special reminder or wake-up function, which has never before been implemented.

As an alternative to the German silver chapter ring with Roman numerals, there is also a closed version with Arabic Breguet numerals. A closed, domed enamel dial with Baroque pierced hands, and without the date and the second hand, transform this clock into an unostentatious and timeless piece of art.

On special request, a hand-engraved dial made of sterling silver can be used instead. The irresistible beauty of utterly flawless, hand-made mechanics speaks for itself.Hardened, highly polished steel pinions, 12 ball bearings, 9 ruby bearings, and in particular the large ruby pallets on the lever guarantee exceptional durability.

On every hour and every half-hour, two large, clear bells ring at a pleasant, measured pace.

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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 )
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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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Matthias Naeschke - NL 400
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The NL 400 is an exceptionally beautiful clock. Its movement is appreciated by lovers of craftsmanship and technology alike. A great deal of ambition and loving detail went into this half-hour striking movement.

Its persuasively harmonious design and extremely robust construction promise durability for generations. Once wound, this beautiful, gold-plated movement runs and strikes for a full four months.

Matthias Naeschke - NL 400
The prerequisite for this is an extremely regular torque transmission. The perfection and precision of the toothing was therefore carried to extremes.

Fourteen stainless, triple-screwed ball bearings, 9 ruby bearings and large ruby pallets on the lever also play an important role.

The well-established Naeschke 5-rod compensation pendulum is used to regulate the rate. Despite the small dimensions of the striking mechanism, remarkable rate results are achieved.

However, the main reason for the clock running so long is the newly developed Naeschke striking mechanism, which requires only 50% of the energy of conventional striking mechanisms. What is interesting is that you can observe the striking mechanism and the bell from the front. A lot of experimenting was done before the final decision was made on the shape and hence the pure and crystal clear sound of the silver-bronze bell.

There is a choice of two versions of the NL400:

1. A large chapter ring with an inner second scale or
2. A small chapter ring, with an outer second scale, which puts more emphasis on the form of the mechanism.

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Matthias Naeschke - NL 125 RH
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The three-week clock with a 1 ¼ -second pendulum and free gravity escapement is a clock, the likes of which have never been seen before in this design, construction and quality.

The innovative design of Matthias Naeschke goes to show that the potential for further developments in the field of mechanical precision clocks is far from exhausted. The combination of the finest of materials with first-class clock-making guarantees durable clocks with lasting value for generations.

The technical highlight of this clock is an extremely robust gravity escapement, especially developed by Matthias Naeschke. Four heavy, circular ruby pallets work with the escape wheel without dynamic unlocking problems. Neither the energy flow of the train, with only two transmission ratios, nor the ambient temperature have any influence. Gravity is the only influence on the two arms of the lever and the two precisely adjustable impulse arms, thus ensuring that the amplitude of the pendulum is permanently constant. This ideal situation is the prerequisite for making a true precision clock out of a mechanical clock.

The hand-engraved, massive (1.5 mm) sterling-silver dial, blued, pierced hands, polished, gold-plated brass components, large rubies and a fine, stained cherry-wood case with unostentatious intarsia and silver veins combine to make up a single stylistic unit. The aesthetics of this long case clock convey the feeling of harmony. The 1.77-meter pendulum sways solemnly yet soothingly.

You can tell the time precisely and at the same time feel what time really means.

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