Matthias Naeschke – NT 1 – Variationen
Variation: NT 1 „L’Amour“
The table clock L’amour, which weighs almost 50 kg, resembles a gilded shrine. The fully gilded 100-day movement sits enthroned on four mighty silvered pillars of solid brass.
The clock is driven by a barrel and fusee: a method which is little used nowadays and which serves to equalise the torque exerted by the mainspring as the spring runs down, thus delivering a constant force to the wheel train.
The movement consists of just a few superbly worked wheels and pinions. They transmit the impulses to the escapement and dial train with utmost efficiency. Experts and lovers of mechanics delight in comprehending the workings of the clock.
The escapement used is the dead-beat escapement with ruby pallets developed by Matthias Naeschke. The movement is complemented with a 5-rod compensation pendulum and fine adjuster.
Fine, balanced steel hands turn around a chapter ring made of solid sterling silver.
Cut by cut, a master engraver incises delicate numerals and characters into the resilient material and thus each dial is unique. The clockmaker finally screws the darkened, tarnish-protected, lavishly finished dial on to the four pillars.
A bell jar with bevelled glass protects the clock from dirt and dust.
Two 6cm plates of Galactica granite form the base for this precious movement. The raw material has had a long, hard journey from its rocky origins to the finished plinth. Sawn, smoothed into form and finally elaborately polished to perfection, the stone unfolds its inherent beauty and shimmering structure. A unique natural product.
Variation: NT 1 „Le bijou“
The table clock NT 1 „Le bijou“ is an outstanding variation of the classical NT 1 „L’amour“.
This is the first clock ever to carry diamonds in the outer diameter of the escape wheel. The space between the teeth and the branches of the wheel is set with 108 diamonds in quality w/vs 4,59 carats. It needs a skilled jeweller to execute this delicate work without damaging the teeth of the wheel. Mounted in the movement, this wheel ennobles the NT 1 “Le bijou” to be a piece of fine jewellery.
Variation: NT1 „La beauté“
Another variation of the NT 1 „L’amour“ is the NT 1 „La beauté”. All visible brass parts of this clock except the gilded wheels are rhodium plated.
The occurrence of the rhodium metal is very seldom. It belongs to the platinum family and is one of the most expensive precious metals to be found. The base of the clock is made of solid granite named Nero Assoluto.
It fits perfect to the cool elegance of this clock without loosing its elegance in design. The NT 1 “La beauté” is a clock, made for purist among clock enthusiasts.