Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Palladio, Weight Driven Regulator

This is a very special clock case - elegant, classic. The arches and fluted columns recall Romanesque architecture. The clocks are large, but not overbearing - definitely for the person of refined taste.

When you have a case style this good, and a workshop with the technological expertise of Kieninger, you want to show off your broad range of options. The Palladio case is a great showpiece of what Kieninger has to offer. There are now 13 (!) different versions of the Palladio available, and they are all indexed here:


There are three wood finishes available (Walnut, Mahogany, Antique Natural Cherry) as well as a beautiful black lacquer finish. The RWS and PS caliber mechanisms are with Westminster chime or Time and Strike complications respectively AND, we now offer the NEW ZSR01 caliber with a One Month Power Reserve!

This movement is really exceptional. It's finally an affordable Month Runner movement, with the added feature of an hour and half-hour strike complication. Multiple-train long-running precision movements of this quality are very rare indeed.

This regulator is a far cry from cheap 31-day spring-wind movements from India or the Far East. This heirloom-grade mechanism has 30 ball bearings at the pivots, as well as two jewels. The pallets are ceramic, and of course it has an automatic beat adjustment. The cable-wind movement even has Maintaining Power! This means that the clock will continue to receive power (through a compensating spring mechanism) for the short time it takes you to wind the clock at the end of the month.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

L'Epee in the news!

In case you haven't noticed, our clocks are getting a lot of attention lately!  The new joint project between L'Epee and MB&F, code named: Arachnophobia was in the New York Times yesterday:

MB&F L'Epee in the New York Times

These clocks have gotten a lot of attention:

  • Watchgauge
  • Techcrunch
  • Hodinkee
  • A Blog To Watch
  • Forbes
  • WatchPaper
  • WatchUSeek
  • Deployant
  • Forbes
  • Europastar
  • Watch Collecting Lifestyle
  • The Watch Lounge
  • Geek Art Gallery Blog

  • http://northcoastimports.com/mm/q/mm766000114/

    Thursday, November 06, 2014


    Lots of exciting news from North Coast Imports this month, including these NEW models that just came out:

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    Jean Kazes

    Do you know the artist Jean Kazes? Every connoisseur of horology should. His works are beyond impressive...

    Did you know that North Coast Imports has one of his creations in the USA available for purchase? Ask your favorite clock dealer about it. You can find more info here:

    Here's a translation from his website:
    Born in 1930 , he trained as a precision mechanic and a teaching degree technique. He exercises for many years the profession of machine builder then acquire a degree in mechanical engineering . The trigger occurs when a friend asked if he can repair his Morbier , virus and watch the attrapât and never leave again. He decides to use the mechanics of these clocks that have crossed centuries to create timeless works of art . It is so invested in this passion that his whole soul spring in its work to find her real style that transforms a simple clock mechanical sculpture of unique beauty . His training as a mechanical engineer allows him to control the functional part the point of hide and magnify the aesthetic part . His clocks are real sculptures , beautiful works of art with a unique style. In 1972 , to satisfy his creative needs , he left teaching and became independent . AHCI member since 1988, he is one of the jewels . His designs are also much appreciated by connoisseurs and the general public, as the beauty of the mechanics is highlighted. Recognized by his peers, the biggest brands in the largest watch stores worldwide , they are proud to own and display clocks Jean Kazes . His clocks, wall , or standing, with or without complications , small or large , ( the greatest figure in the Guinness Book) , single piece or small series the work of Jean Kazes unanimous worldwide .

    Morning Edition Piece on Time and Clocks

     Here's a great piece on accurate clocks. Give a listen!

    "My own personal opinion is that time is a human construct," says Tom O'Brian. O'Brian has thought a lot about this over the years. He is America's official timekeeper at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado."