Monday, December 06, 2010

MORE new models

We can hardly keep up with what the cuckoo wizards come up with! There are so many new models - it's hard to say enough about each delightful new creation.

As a matter of fact, this clock was a complete surprise. It's brand new and loosely based off of our popular "Crow and Fox" model.

Introducing the "Birds and Grapes:"

Here are also two new beautifully carved pieces from master carver Christophe:

...and finally two inexpensive MUSICAL creations, perfect for the gift-giving season:

New Clocks

It is an exciting time at North Coast Imports! We are very pleased with the new additions to our collection.

Check out this beautiful piece from our master carver Christophe:

This was inspired by a rare antique clock - and we have the original in our /museum collection!

Of course the new clock is larger, more elaborate, and MUSICAL with a large 36-note Swiss-made music box mechanism. A true collectors' item!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Back To The Future is Back!

It's hard to believe that the movie that popularized the ultimate Time Machine for a new generation is itself now 25 years old. Here's some footage of the movie that has Eric Stoltz before Michael J. Fox was hired as the main character.

What Will Constellations Look Like in 50,000 Years?

From the Long Now Blog:

Discovery News has a feature in which astronomer Robert Hurt of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center uses space simulation software Starry Night to explain how Earth’s view of five major constellations will change over time, like Ursa Major.

10,000 Years of Stellar Motion

From the Long Now Blog:
10,000 Years of star motion Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)
Apparently astronomers focused Hubble on a certain region of Globular Cluster Omega Cantauri several times over 4 years. They were then able to calculate how each of those stars will move in the next 10,000 years. You can see a video of this after the jump on their site here.

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Hermle Quartz Chiming Mechanism

One of the quality and trouble-free movements found in many of our clocks is the Quartz chiming mechanism by Hermle. These are excellent, accurate, and durable devices which are made in Germany and sound great too! The Hermle quartz movements are workhorses in the clock world, because they can provide premier sound and accuracy for many different kinds of clocks.

The mechanisms also provide lots of options for how and when the clock chimes. Here's a diagram of the version of the movement which includes a moving pendulum:

Setup instructions for this movement are very simple:

1. Insert batteries. Because of a special coating that Energizer brand batteries uses on their contacts which is not compatible with this devices contacts, it is best to use any other brand besides Energizer. Duracell or almost any other generic brand will work fine.

If your clock starts chiming erratically, or (if so equipped) the pendulum stops, please install new batteries.

2. If your clock has a moving pendulum, carefully remove the pendulum leader (see diagram) from the locking peg by sliding the bottom of the pendulum leader to the right - away from the peg. You will hear a snap, and then the pendulum leader should swing free. Attach your pendulum to the bottom of the leader once you have it free from the locking device.

3. Set the time using the knob at the back of the movement. Do not move the hour hand manually - this will cause your chimes to become unsynchronized.

The chime sequence at 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 hour is electronically programmed and cannot be demonstrated by moving the minute hand or the time set knob manually.

4. Set all of the other functions available to this movement.

Switch with symbols: O, A, B, and W

O = shut off (chime and strike both off)

W = Westminster Chime 4/4 melody plus full hour strike

B = Bim-Bam hour and half hour strike (W2114 and W2214)

A = Ave Maria 4/4 Chime with full hour strike (W2115 and W2215)

Night shut-off and night reduction
(Switch with Sun and Moon symbols)

"Sun" position. Clock will chime and strike during the full 24 hour period.

"No Moon" position. The clock will not chime for a period of 8 hours following the time you moved the switch to this position. For example: if you wish the chimes to be silent from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m., move the switch from to sometime between 10:45 and 11 p.m. The chimes will automatically become silent each day from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

"Moon" position. The chime sound will reduce by half of daytime volume for a period of 8 hours. Use the same setting procedure as for "No Moon".

Volume control
By turning the knob, the chime loudness can be a adjusted. Turning the knob clockwise reduces the volume.

Hour and Quarter-hour Chime selector
(Switch with symbols )

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "W" the clock will chime the Westminster melody every 15 minutes and strike the hour after it plays the hour chime.

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "W", the clock will chime the Westminster melody on the hour only, followed by the hour strike.

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "B" the clock with movement W2114 or W2214 will strike Bim-Bam every hour and half hour.

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "B" the clock with movement W2114 or W2214 will strike Bim-Bam every hour.

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "A" the clock with movement W2115 or W2215 will chime the Ave Maria melody every 15 minutes and strike the hour after it plays the hour chime.

By setting the switch to the position and the melody switch to "A", the clock with movement W2115 or W2215 will chime the Ave Maria melody on the hour only, followed by the hour strike.

These instructions apply to all of the following models:
Movement W2114: Westminster or Bim-Bam, no pendulum
Movement W2115: Westminster or Ave Maria, no pendulum
Movement W2214: Westminster or Bim-Bam, with pendulum
Movement W2215: Westminster or Ave Maria, with pendulum

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Online Museum

We're slowly adding to our online Museum! This is a photo, video, and descriptive website dedicated to the history of Horology and significant mechanical devices. Some of the clocks are part of the North Coast Imports collection and are available for sale, and some of the pieces are owned by our friends. We just wanted to take an opportunity to make the pictures and information on these fine clocks and watches available to the general public. Check back often, and you'll see the online virtual collection grow all of the time!

Check it out at

Another NEW Watch!

We're pleased to present another fine NEW watch from CCCP.

This is the 1973 model with its fresh design which is somehow both modern and retro:

It also features a glass back, giving you a view of the beautiful and dynamic mechanism.

Friday, October 29, 2010


We are please to introduce a NEW MODEL!

This delightful Bavarian Chalet is our newest cuckoo clock from Sternreiter. It's full of color and good humor - a perfect gift for someone to remember you by! It instantly recalls the lighthearted ways of Southern Germany, depicting a typical Bavarian-style chalet. The flowers are hand painted, and there are lots of excellent woodcut details. AND it plays music! It's a perfect purchase this holiday season. Don't miss out!

...and if you like this clock, be sure to check out the similar, but more elaborate eight-day version:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Barnacle-covered 300-year-old pocket watch

Via Make
...comes this amazing video of an x-ray trip through a barnacle-encrusted lump from a 17th century shipwreck. It reveals the workings of a very sophisticated, gorgeous watchwork mechanism inside. The researchers (from National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh) who used this x-ray technology are excited about the prospects of using it on future, similarly encrusted underwater finds.
Via Nature:

The watch was found on a wreck believed to be the Swan — a small warship that sank off the west coast of Scotland during the English Civil War. She formed part of Oliver Cromwell's forces that attacked the Royalist stronghold of Duart Castle in Mull, UK, but succumbed to a violent gale on 13 September 1653.

The resulting reconstruction of the watch shows plenty of decorative touches and exquisite attention to detail. The top and bottom plates are held together by square-section Egyptian tapered pillars, first used around 1640. Other parts of the mechanism are engraved with a floral design. The clockface itself is marked in Roman numerals with what appears to be a fleur de lys on each half-hour, and an English rose in the centre.

The researchers even found the maker's name. An engraving on the watch's top plate reads "Niccholas Higginson of Wesminster". Clockmakers' directories attest that Higginson was making watches in Chancery Lane and in Westminster, London, in the years before the Swan went down.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Prague Astronomical Clock

Here's a fantastic video of the 600th anniversary of the Prague Astronomical clock.

From The Long Now Blog:

BB reader Kerray says, “The people who worked on it are, and, and the projection itself was done by Four months of work, 5000×1200 resolution, 2x Christie 18K HD projectors.” .

Fantastic! This is a must see. There are all kinds of symbolic visuals on the passage of time.

The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Another Update

Here's another one of our very popular models. We've just added new pictures and a video of this fine clock to our website!

Monday, October 11, 2010

More News From the Big Cuckoo Clock in Ohio

We've been keeping up on the latest news concerning our founder, and my Great Uncle Schleutermann's cuckoo clock, which he built for the Alpine Alpa restaurant in Ohio in 1972.

I'm go glad to see the dedicated folks in Sugar Creek, Ohio are restoring and re-installing the clock for all to see.

Be sure to contact them for more information:

For information or to make a donation, call (330) 852-9191 or send to GSDA Cuckoo Clock Fund, P.O. Box 165, Sugarcreek, OH 44681.

They are raffling off our very popular Sternreiter Kissing Couple clock to raise money for the endeavor.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Even More Movies...

(This model also has some NEW pics on our website - check it out!)

(We've blogged about this new option before. We are offering several of our cuckoo clocks with the option of authentic bone hands and wooden weight shells!)

(Also, more pictures available here!)

(...and more NEW pictures for this one too.)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Organ Clock!

Here's a great organ clock at one of our favorite museums in Triberg - the Heimatmuseum. There is even a zither player!

Still More Videos...

We're adding new photos and video footage every day. This way you can see more of the very fine details in our timepieces. Still, nothing compares to seeing them in person. Contact us to find a dealer in your area today!

Friday, October 08, 2010

More Videos

We love to provide video footage of all of our clocks online. Here are two more for your viewing pleasure!

New Watch

We're pleased to introduce a new watch that will be available at the end of the month.

Introducing the Space Light

Troubleshoot Your Cuckoo Clock

Here is an excellent video for troubleshooting your cuckoo clock. If your clock is not running and not keeping time please check this video out.

Remember that all wire bending and adjustments described in the video should be done VERY slightly. Clocks from North Coast Imports are always extensively tested and any adjustment you make should be to a very small amount.

Click Here for more helpful articles on the proper care and operation instructions of your lovely clock.

James Burke

Here's a snippet from one of our favorite television shows of all time:

A New Video of our "Aachen"

We're busy uploading new footage every day! Check out our beautiful and inexpensive Aachen clocks!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

New Picture, Old Favorite

For some reason, one of our most popular models has slipped through the cracks when we built our NEW website. The Brahms Tambour with quartz movement in American Cherry Finish is a lovely and very popular piece. It's classic lines fit in both traditional and up-to-date environments.

Check it out on our website:

Saturday, October 02, 2010

How a Watch Works

Here's a great, old video that's definitely worth posting here. Hamilton Watch Company presented this in 1949.

[Via Makezine]

Organically-Shaped Gears

Here's something interesting in the world of gear cutting. The video is pretty self-explanatory.

[Via Makezine]

Museum Speelklok in Utrecht

The Museum Speelklok was on my list to visit on my last trip to Europe, but unfortunately we couldn't fit it in. We'll definitely try hard to make it next time! Here's a great video.

It looks like they have an outstanding collection of all things horological and mechanically musical!

Check out the violinola orchestrion!

Organ clocks of course...


Your Automata fix...

Here's more cool stuff, courtesy of the Automata Blog...

Dates to about 1890, assembled by the firm of August Lasseur, who leased entertainment novelties such as this for public venues. Lasseur would maintain the machines, collect the revenues, etc., in exchange for leasing their space, much the same as is done today with vending machines.

Fitted with a 6-tune Paillard music box, it plays two songs on the drop of a coin. The internal rack of stereoscopic cards allows the viewer to see a 3-D image, which in this case is a naughty picture of a pretty girl. The rack slowly rotates, and another picture soon appears. Each coin drop shows about 4 pictures to the viewer, and when the music ends, so does the show.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Troubleshoot Video

Does your cuckoo clock not cuckoo? First, be sure to read the instructions (PDF) carefully. Then, view our comprehensive videos on properly setting up your cuckoo clock.

There are also more articles on proper set up and troubleshooting on our /instructions page.

If all else fails, check this video out:

Notice at the end of this video that some shutoff switches for the cuckoo call are clearly printed on the side, and some are a small black loop hanging under the bottom of the clock. Carefully push this loop all the way up or all the way down to engage the cuckoo call. Click here for more details on the shutoff switch.

Monday, September 06, 2010

A Timeline for Horology

I thought it might be interesting to draw up a timeline for the developments in horology and time. I've mined some of the better information from Wikipedia to put together this snapshot of horological inventions and discoveries.

12,000 - 30,000 BCE (BC) - Artifacts from the Paleolithic that suggest measurements of the moon's motion.
From Wikipedia:
Lunar calendars were among the first to appear, with all years having twelve lunar months (approximately 354 days). Without intercalation to add days or months to some years, seasons quickly drift in a calendar based solely on twelve lunar months. Lunisolar calendars have a thirteenth month added to some years to make up for the difference between a full year (now known to be about 365.24 days) and a year of just twelve lunar months. The numbers twelve and thirteen came to feature prominently in many cultures, at least partly due to this relationship of months to years.

2600 - 2400 BCE - Stonehenge 3 II
From Wikipedia:
The timber circle was orientated towards the rising sun on the midwinter solstice, opposing the solar alignments at Stonehenge, whilst the avenue was aligned with the setting sun on the summer solstice and led from the river to the timber circle. Evidence of huge fires on the banks of the Avon between the two avenues also suggests that both circles were linked, and they were perhaps used as a procession route on the longest and shortest days of the year. Parker Pearson speculates that the wooden circle at Durrington Walls was the centre of a 'land of the living', whilst the stone circle represented a 'land of the dead', with the Avon serving as a journey between the two.
1500 BCE - Egypt has an early type of Sundial where a T-square casts a shadow which moves across a non-liner scale.

1525–1504 BCE - Water clock or clepsydra - Found in the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh Amenhotep I.

3rd Century BCE - Water Clock - Greek engineer Philo of Byzantium described a mechanical clock with water escapement.

150-100 BCE - Antikythera Mechanism - Mysterious mechanical device found in an ancient Greek ship.
From Wikipedia:
The mechanism has three main dials, one on the front, and two on the back. The front dial has two concentric scales. The outer ring is marked off with the days of the 365-day Egyptian calendar, or the Sothic year, based on the Sothic cycle. Inside this, there is a second dial marked with the Greek signs of the Zodiac and divided into degrees. The calendar dial can be moved to compensate for the effect of the extra quarter day in the solar year (there are 365.2422 days per year) by turning the scale backwards one day every four years.
45 BCE - The Julian Calendar - Julius Caesar set the world to the Solar Calendar

500 - 900 - Candle Clocks - It is not known when candle clocks were first used, though they are mentioned in a Chinese poem by You Jianfu and they are also attributed to King Alfred the Great.

723-725 - Water-powered armillary sphere and clock drive - China

11th Century - Mechanical Clock with escapement - China

1010-1012 - An Atom is described as the smallest division of time. - Byrhtferth's Enchiridion (a science text) defined an atom as 1/564 of a momentum (1½ minutes), and thus equal to 15/94 of a second. It was used in the computus, the process of calculating the date of Easter.

C. 1230 - Mechanical Escapement - Villard de Honnecourt invented a kind of escapement that was used for bell-ringing mechanisms.

1277 - Mercury Escapement - Arabia

C. 1300 - Verge Escapement

1330 - Mechanical Orrery - Richard of Wallingford (1292–1336), abbot of St. Alban's abbey, famously built a mechanical clock as an astronomical orrery.

1352-1354 - Astronomical Clock - The first clock of the Strasbourg Cathedral, the "Three Kings Clock," had several automata including a gilded crowing rooster. At the base a painted figure of a zodiacal man showed the relationship between the signs of the zodiac and parts of the human body

C. 1400 - Fusee
From Wikipedia:
Although many sources erroneously credit Jacob Zech of Prague with inventing it around 1525, it actually appeared with the first spring driven clocks in the 1400s. The idea probably did not originate with clockmakers, since the earliest known example is in a crossbow windlass in a 1405 military manuscript. Drawings from the 1400s by Filippo Brunelleschi and Leonardo da Vinci show fusees. The earliest existing clock with a fusee, also the earliest spring-powered clock, is the Burgunderuhr (Burgundy clock), a chamber clock whose iconography suggests it was made for Phillipe the Good, Duke of Burgundy about 1430, now in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. The earliest definitely dated fusee clock was made by Zech in 1525. The word fusee comes from the French fusée and late Latin fusata, 'spindle full of thread'.

1410 - Prague Astronomical Clock - Clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, the latter a professor of mathematics and astronomy at Charles University, made the clock and astronomical dial. Other parts, including the calendar and moving figures were added around 1490. From Wikipedia:
At the outer edge of the clock, golden Schwabacher numerals are set on a black background. These numbers indicate Old Czech Time (or Italian hours), with 24 indicating the time of sunset, which varies during the year from as early as 16:00 in winter to 20:16 in summer. This ring moves back and forth during the year to coincide with the time of sunset.

1502 - Pocket Watch - Peter Henlein builds the first known pocket watch.

1547 - 1574 - Astronomical Clock - The second astronomical clock was built in the Strasbourg Cathedral by Swiss clockmakers Isaac Habrecht and Josia Habrecht, as well as the astronomer and musician David Wolckenstein.

1577 - Minute Hand - Jost Bürgi, Switzerland

1582 - The Gregorian Calendar - Pope Gregory XIII introduced a correction to the Julian Calendar, shortening the year of 1582.

1584 - Cross Beat Escapement - Jost Bürgi, Switzerland

1612 - 1681 - Longitude
From Wikipedia:
Having determined the orbital periods of Jupiter's satellites, Galileo Galilei proposed that with sufficiently accurate knowledge of their orbits one could use their positions as a universal clock, and this would make possible the determination of longitude. He worked on this problem from time to time during the remainder of his life; but the practical problems were severe. The method was first successfully applied by Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1681.
1629 - Cuckoo Clock - Philipp Hainhofer (1578–1647) penned the first known description of a cuckoo clock.

1640 - Household Clock - Black Forest artisans produce the first mechanical clocks for the homes of the rising middle class.

1642 - Pendulum Clock - Galileo Galilei designed the periodic swing of a pendulum to be used as an escapement for a mechanical clock.

1650 - Organ Clock - The scholar Athanasius Kircher describes a mechanical organ with several automated figures, including a mechanical cuckoo.

1655 - Solar Noon - Cassini builds the heliometer of San Petronio in Bologna, to standardise Solar noon.

1657 - Pendulum Clock - Christiaan Huygens patented and built the first example of a mechanical clock using a pendulum as an escapement.

1658 - 1765 - Developments in mechanical escapements

1658 - Balance Spring - Invented by either British physicist Robert Hooke or Dutch scientist Christian Huygens for verge pocket watches.

1660 - Anchor Escapement - Robert Hooke

1673 - Horologium Oscillatorium sive de motu pendulorum - Christiaan Huygens's greatest work on horology. Huygens discovered that pendulums are not isochronous for swings; that is, their period depends on the width of swing.

1675 - Pocket Watch - Christiaan Huygens patented the pocket watch.

1675 - Deadbeat Escapement - Thomas Tompion and Richard Towneley

1676 - Repeating Mechanism - First repeating clock, using the rack and snail striking mechanism, invented by Reverend Edward Barlow.

1680 - Barrow Regulator for the Balance Spring - Invented by Thomas Tompion, it used a worm drive for regulating the oscillation of a balance spring escapement.

1680 - Second Hand

1700 - Duplex Escapement - Invented by Robert Hooke. From Wikipedia:
The duplex watch escapement was invented by Robert Hooke around 1700, improved by Jean Baptiste Dutertre and Pierre Le Roy, and put in final form by Thomas Tryer, who patented it in 1782. It was used in quality English pocketwatches from about 1790 to 1860, and in the Waterbury, a cheap American 'everyman's' watch, during 1880-1898.
1716 - Marine Clock with Pendulum - Invented by Henry Sully.

1722 - Grasshopper Escapement - John Harrison invented a special kind of escapement that had almost no friction and therefore required no lubrication. From Wikipedia:
Two advantages of the grasshopper escapement are its regularity of operation and its freedom from the need for lubrication. The regularity of its operation is inherent in its design. One pallet is released only by the engagement of the other; the impulse given to the pendulum is uniform in both its amount and its timing. The lubricants available to Harrison were poor, messy and short-lived. This meant that conventional clocks had to be stopped frequently for cleaning and oiling. Using his clean and absolutely stable grasshopper escapement Harrison was able to begin a series of long-term investigations into the performance of clocks.

1726 - Gridiron Pendulum - John Harrison invented a pendulum with alternating brass and iron rods assembled so that their different thermal expansions (or contractions) cancel each other out.

C. 1730 - 1750 - The Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

1736 - Marine Chronometer - John Harrison invented and built the first successful clock (H1) accurate and reliable enough to tell Longitude at sea.

1748 - Detent Escapement - Used for Marine Chronometers, invented by Pierre Le Roy

C. 1750 - Gravity Escapement

1750 - Lever Escapement - Invented by Thomas Mudge. From Wikipedia:
The Lever Escapement has been used in the vast majority of watches since the 1800s. Its advantages are (1)the balance wheel is more "detached" or independent than in the cylinder or duplex escapements; it is only in contact with the lever during the short impulse period when the balance swings through its center position, increasing accuracy, and (2)it is a self-starting escapement, so if the watch is shaken so that the balance wheel stops, it will automatically start again.

1755 - Lever Regulator for the Balance Spring - Invented by Joseph Bosley.

1759 - Lever Escapement - Invented by Thomas Mudge.

1759 - Longitude - John Harrison designed and built the first fully successful clock that was accurate and reliable enough to accurately give a ship's longitudinal position on a transatlantic voyage.

1765 - Compensation Balance - Pierre Le Roy (son of Julien Le Roy) invented the compensation balance, which became the standard approach for temperature compensation in watches and chronometers.

1770 - Self Winding Watches - The Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet invented a self-winding mechanism in 1770 for pocket watches.

Early 19th Century - Carriage Clocks:
The first authetic carriage clock was made in Paris at the start of the 19th Century, by Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823).

Carriage clocks are also known in France as “Officer’s Clocks.” The name is based on an historical anecdote. It is said that Napoleon, having almost lost a battle because one of his officers was late, ordered his military chiefs to carry a small clock with them at all times. Orders placed with master clockmakers always included the reference “a clock for an officer” and this brought the name into common parlance.

1802 - 1816 - Mass Production - Eli Whitney used water power to cut wooden gears for his clocks. By 1816 he was offering the first mass-produced machine with interchangeable parts.

1838 - 1843 - Astronomical Clock - The third, and current clock in the Strasbourg Cathedral was completed. From Wikipedia:
Its main features, besides the automata, are a perpetual calendar (including a computus), an orrery (planetary dial), a display of the real position of the Sun and the Moon, and solar and lunar eclipses. The main attraction is the procession of the life-size figures of Christ and the Apostles which occurs every day at 12:30pm, that is at noon clock time.
1839 - Watch Mass Production - Georges-Auguste Leschot pioneered interchangeability in clockmaking by the invention of various machine tools.

1850 - 1854 - Bahnhäusle clock - Popular Black Forest Cuckoo Clock designed by Friedrich Eisenlohr, Black Forest, and built by Johann Baptist Beha.

1880 - Wristwatches - Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany orders wristwatches for German navel officers, developed by Constant Girard (Girard-Perregaux).

1884 - Greenwich Mean Time - International Meridian Conference adopts Greenwich Mean Time for consistency with Nevil Maskelyne's 18th century observations for the Method of Lunar Distances

1887 - American Railway Association held a meeting to define basic standards for watches.

1891 - Train wreck of Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway in Kipton, Ohio
From Wikipedia:
One of the engineers' watches had stopped for 4 minutes and the railroad officials commissioned Webb C. Ball as their Chief Time Inspector, in order to establish precision standards and a reliable timepiece inspection system for Railroad chronometers.
1893 - General Railroad Timepiece Standards - Set the standard for high-grade pocket watches to be used on American rails.

1928 - Quartz Clock - Joseph Horton and Warren Morrison build the first quartz crystal oscillator clock

1946 - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - developed by Felix Bloch and Edward Purcell

1949 - Atomic Clock - Harold Lyons develops an atomic clock based on the quantum mechanical vibrations of the ammonia molecule.

1961 - Gargarin - Yuri Gargarin wears the first wristwatch in space, the Poljot.

1965 - Strela - Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov wore the first wristwatch on his space walk.

1974 - Coaxial Escapement - Invented by George Daniels.

1982 - The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH is founded by the merger of two previous organisations.

1983 - Radio-controlled clocks become common place in Europe

1994 - Radio-controlled clocks become common place in USA

(0)1999 - Clock of the Long Now - A prototype of a potential 10,000-year clock candidate was activated on December 31, 1999, and is currently on display at the Science Museum at London. The Foundation hopes to construct the finished Clock at Mount Washington south of Great Basin National Park near Ely, Nevada. From Wikipedia:
The purpose of the Clock of the Long Now is to construct a timepiece that will operate with minimum human intervention for ten millennia. It is to be constructed of durable materials, to be easy to repair, and to be made of largely valueless materials in case knowledge of the Clock is lost or it is deemed to be of no value to an individual or possible future civilization; in this way it is hoped that the Clock will not be looted or destroyed. Its power source (or sources) should be renewable but similarly unlootable.

2009 - "Self-Winding" Mobile Phone - Ulysse Nardin Chairman is an Android-powered phone with a watch winder that charges its battery.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

NEW clocks on our /design website

Traditional, mechanical clocks have brought life to homes and galleries for hundreds of years.

Over time they have evolved into a role of more than a functional tool. More than a passive wall covering, clocks have become important and exciting Objets d’ Art in the modern home. These pieces are kinetic sculptures that also happen to tell time.

A young group of Black Forest artists are interested in exploring their regional icon, the cuckoo clock, and allowing it to evolve into modernity.

North Coast Imports is proud to distribute these creations, and we've devoted an entire separate website to the hundreds of /design clocks available. There are a few standard clocks available, and there are also hundreds of one-of-a-kind pieces where the artists have used these base models as their canvas to create new expressions in Black Forest Clock Art.

We've just uploaded pictures of dozens more NEW models that were recently created. Be sure to check out for many more beautiful examples.