A year-running longcase clock in the French Empire style
The last decade of the 18th century was the ‘Empire’ stylistic period. Gifted clockmakers in France such as Breguet, Berthoud or Janvier - some of the great masters of this time - were employing their exquisite clockmaker’s skills.
At this time extraordinary and complicated precision clocks were created which now enhance the pre-eminent clock collections and most important museums in the world today. Typical of the Empire period were the clean lines of the case together with lush, fire-gilded decorations and fittings. Flame Mahogany was frequently chosen by the case makers.
This variant of the longcase clock model NL 126 GG is based on traditional French Empire period themes. The design of the case engages the stylistic elements of the French clocks and distils them in reduced form to the present time. With a rear panel of beautifully grained West African Pyramid mahogany together with the colouring in the typical red brown of that era, this longcase clock radiates warmth and security.
Warm brown meets classic yellow gold
The movement of the longcase clock NL 126 GG is quite special. This clock is year running with a 1¼ second pendulum. With its unobtrusive ticking, the mass moment of inertia of this 1.77m heavy pendulum is a considerable 8.54 kgm2 and in combination with its year running power reserve is decisive for the accuracy of this unique clock.
Such a significant clock is worthy of a prominent place as it satisfies the final expression of interior furnishings and functional living. In the focal point of the room, it adopts the heart and final representation of the owner’s personal style.
A discreet lighting unit in the housing head can be turned on at dusk, enhancing the precision clockwork mechanism with its warm light.
- Matthias Naeschke caliber 126
- Power reserve 365 days
- Weight drive with pulley
- Skeletonized main plates of 4 mm brass and 4 solid pillars
- All brass parts are mirror polished and gilded
- Pinions and arbors hardened and polished
- Dead-beat “Naeschke” escapement with round ruby pallets
- Compensation pendulum beating 1 ¼ seconds
- 12 precision ball bearings, 6 ruby bearings
- Hand-engraved chapter ring of 1.5 mm sterling silver
- Flame-blued hands
- Balanced minutes hand
- Cherry wood coloured like mahogany in satin varnish
- Back wall of mahogany veneer
- Different wood types and colours are available Glass frames in gold colour
- 3 bevelled glasses
- Height x width x depht: 210 x 45 x 23 cms
We offer 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.