Ultimate Cars, Watches & Hi Fi S02 ep20 : Sebastian Naeschke, Matthias Naeschke Clocks, [Germany]
Interview with Sebastian Naeschke
Matthias Naeschke started in 1984 in a small atelier in his private home where he started to build organ clocks. Thus he was the first organist artisan in 150 years to study the art and revive the high craft of the organ-clockmaker and today, Matthias Naeschke and his team are the only makers of new organ clock.
Matthias: First of all I am a studied watch maker and became a technician and what I'm doing is
the absolutely top of is hand work, it's absolutely hand work.
Matthias: You don't find anyone in the world who makes clocks like we do. We make excellent
movements and we are trying to increase the quality permanently.
Matthias: A watch, is in percentage normally not as precise as a clock like that. These clocks are
much preciser, has to be. We have a four year running clock and this clock needs the maximum of
precision in producing. This is the only one in the world, I don't know any other clock which runs
this long time.
Matthias: You can't go as far on to the theoretics of toothing, of gearing in the small dimensions as
you can in big dimensions. So I have more chance to increase the time of running as you can in a
Matthias: That's the quality of toothing. We have highly polished and hardened pinions, we reduce
friction, we are going much farer in these things that is possible in watches. You know in my early
days, I was a technical designer of watches.
Matthias: What we are doing is not possible in a factory. It is definitely not possible because each
wheel is an individual cut in our workshop and controlled afterwards.
Matthias: We’re making specialities like the organ clocks and the organ clock and we are the only
maker in the world who still makes things from the Eighteenth Century and besides the organ
clocks we have started making the movements for I say, normal clocks.
Matthias: If you buy a thing like our clocks you need a certain amount of cultural understanding.
You can’t sell let’s say an organ clock to someone who don’t understand anything about music, it’s
not a question of money, it is a question of how do they understand … culture.
Matthias: My market is really the world. We are selling from Japan to America near east Mexico,
What is the retail price of a clock like this? What are we talking about, what ballpark figure?
Matthias: It depends, I mean it depends if you, if it is the four-year running one, in Germany it was
all export tax and 235,000 Euro.
What can you do with clocks that you can’t do with watches?
Matthias: It is a possibility to go on to this limits where we are with long running with precision of
the indication and these things and very specially with music clocks. You can’t make an organ
clock on your wrist.
Matthias: You can make watches nowadays which the tourbillion two hundred years ago did
eliminate. So the tourbillion itself is not necessary anymore. But the workmanship on these things,
it is high class workmanship but it is never intellectual work making these things on a computer
and produce it with machines somewhere in a factory. So it is just a show for people, I’m sorry to
Matthias: The clock here is for high precision in time-keeping. It is a gravity escapement and in
this case it’s a long running time. We are the only one, we made in perpetual calendar, we made
organ clocks for this equation I made organ clocks with six hands, minutes, hours
So you’ve done complicated organ clocks?
Matthias: We have very, very complicated clocks.
When you say organ, what do you mean? Do you actually put pipes in the clocks?
And how do you blow, do you have a bellows arrangement?
Matthias: Yes, yes so it’s a really little organ built in a clock case.
And how does it play a tune, does it have a pre-recorded, like a roll scroll?
Matthias: It is in English they say barrel, the barrel is pinned and a good musician has to pin it.
Matthias: A barrel is still after five hundred, six hundred years the best way of making music.
Matthias: I accept any silly wish, I believe we are the only ones in the world who are making still
bird cages with real music. In the first moment I saw that silly and now we are selling them.
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