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."

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

North Coast Imports Presents L’Epée 1839

We are very pleased to offer the entire modern line of the storied and legendary clockmaker L’Epée 1839! These clocks are truly inspiring to any lover of horology or connoisseur of mechanical art. Perhaps best known for their beautifully finished traditional carriage clocks, L’Epée 1839 is pushing the envelope to develop truly creative and inventive horological fantasy. 

L’Epée 1839  relives the fascination of a swashbuckling historical romance with the magic of a double animation duel with swords. The new animation shows both the power reserve and double retrograde seconds. 
Closely respecting longtime tradition, each part of a L’Epée 1839  clock is made by hand, by experienced clockmakers. Only superior materials are used, with exquisite finishes. The beauty of L’Epée 1839  clocks is enhanced by highly polished cases and dials, lacquer adornments and glass sides. Each clock is protected by a varnish over a gold, black, or Palladium plating.
L’Epée 1839  clocks are equipped with beautiful mechanical movements which can be viewed through the glass sides and tops. All parts of the movement are polished and coated with the exception of the steel parts. A L’Epée 1839  clock contains up to 600 parts in solid brass or steel, requiring over 4000 manufacturing process. Features on these timepieces include multi-jeweled mechanisms, Tourbillons, Perpetual Calendars, or 40-day power reserves. The clockmakers are highly qualified craftsmen producing outstanding masterpieces of traditional Swiss clockmaking art.
L’Epée 1839 has also embarked on three important partnerships with legendary designers like Vincent Calabrese, Maximilian Büsser of MB&F, and Reuge to create significant timepieces which dazzle your expectations. 

These clocks are now available in the US through the careful custodianship of North Coast Imports. Visit for the complete selection of clocks. Contact us for more information. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clocktoberfest 2014!

It was a HUGE success last year, come celebrate with our dealer Suburban Clock again on August 16. There will be beer, food, live music, invitational classic car show, fun for kids, popcorn, and a special surprise of live organ grinders!

There are special prices, also for NCI dealers!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fantastic Clock Display at the Frick

I was able to see this display at the Frick last Summer. There are some really great historical examples of horology. There are some very early pieces on display, including a couple French-Revolution era pieces with "Decimal Time."

Check out the website, there are a few great videos there with lectures on early clocks.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Updated Pages

We've updated a few webpages on some favorite cuckoo clocks. There are better pictures now, and movies... Check them out:

Friday, February 28, 2014

Suburban Clock at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire!

Our customer, Suburban Clock and Repair, in partnership with ANALOG arts, will be presenting an exhibit at the Cleveland Mini Maker Faire on March 29th, 2014 10AM - 6PM at the Cleveland Public Library Main Branch. (325 Superior Ave., N.E. Cleveland, OH 44114)

The Maker Faire is described as the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth. It's a place were "Makers" display their work in almost anything you can imagine... including the arts, robotics, 3D printing, models, home automation, amateur space exploration, green technologies, etc. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

Suburban Clock was asked to participate this year exhibiting the work of living and working clockmakers. The art and science of making clocks is one that spans centuries. Today, there are living and working wood carvers, cabinet makers, and machinists who build mechanical clocks as objets-d'art. These clockmakers produce mechanical clocks as living objects that move and sound as they have for centuries.

Suburban Clock will be exhibiting the work of these living and working clock makers. There will even be some clockmakers from the Cleveland area on hand to talk about their work and process.