The clock manufactory Matthias Naeschke sets coloured accents
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.
At this year’s Baselworld the German clock manufacturer is setting radiant rose gold accents with a newly created 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 our 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.
Finest mechanics gleam in rose gold
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.
Harmony in combination of form and material
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.
This year, with the table clock NT 8, the clockmakers at the Matthias Naeschke workshop have again created a timepiece that impresses with the highest precision and with a wealth of ideas in terms of technically detailed solutions – superbly finished in polished rose gold.