Why consider a German Clock Gift?
Get here some ideas on the german clock industry in general helping you to find the right gift for you. To round up your knowledge on clocks read here also what major role German clock and watch makers played in the development of accurate time-measuring devices.
If you prefer a german wrist watch get here some valuable information.
The German Cuckoo Clock
Maybe one of the most known german "tiemepiece" is the cuckoo clock. A wonderful pendulum clock striking the hours using small bellows and whistles that imitate the call of the cuckoo bird and hit on a wire gong. The birthplace of the cuckoo clock, which became a symbol for the region is the black forest.
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Pforzheim: German's Clock and
Not far away from the cuckoo clocks birthplace you'll find the german clock town No.1: Pforzheim in the northern black forest region. In case you make a trip to Germany don't miss this clockmaker town. This city has a population of around 120,000 inhabitants. It is the production base of more than 70% of all jewelry creations which are manufactured in Germany. Pforzheim is the birth town of many firms with world-wide reputation. "Design" and "precision" underline the high competence and importance of the town. This is also true for the University of Design, Engineering and Economics (Hochschule Pforzheim).
As visitor you can get a close impression of this town of watch-making and jewellery industry when visiting the numerous museums and institutions. In the Reuchlin-Haus (Jewellery Museum)you find a world-wide unique collection of genuine exhibits from over four millenniums.
Jewellery Town No. 1
World of Jewellery in Pforzheim
The "World of Jewelry in Pforzheim" in the House of Industries opened in early summer 2005 presents to the international visitors the whole world of jewellery, clocks and watches on more than 3,500 square meters in an extraordinary, impressing, manner. Under one roof, there are many attractions such as the world of jewellery attractions, the world of design, the world of minerals,the world of trades, the world of brands and a jewellery gallery. In the world of shopping events you are invited to watch, perceive, buy, act, collect information, and if wished to establish business contacts.
German Clock Makers are underestimated in history
German clock maker have not been given the credit deserved in modern histories. A lot of accomplishment and effort in this ongoing climb to perfection in time-keeping happened in Germany. And especially concenrning accomplishment alone, this area may rank well above all others.
Only a few developments really influenced the progress of timekeeping devices - and these developments mostly took place in Germany.
Weight Driven Tower Clocks without Future
The first known mechanical clocks were weight-driven tower clocks; so inaccurate that, today, nobody could use them. At the time, however, the leap from no time recording method at all to one of even extreme inaccuracy was an important one. Some improvement in the timekeeping abilities of these huge clocks took place over the early years. But, neverrtheless this type of clock of the year 1500 A.D. had a great past, but very little future.
German Peter Henlein: Mainspring Invention with big future
At this time, a young german blacksmith came up with a great invention. Peter Henlein created a means to make a long ribbon of steel, known as mainspring today. One end of this ribbon of steel was affixed to a permanent anchor. The other one was fastened to an arbor and could tightly be wound up. It was an invention of storing power which could be released on a controlled basis. By this, mechanical devices could be driven for a period of several hours. This young man, worked as a locksmith in Nurnberg. He was born about 1480 and died in 1542. He was responsible for a tremendous step in the future development of time-keeping devices.
For the first time, it was possible to produce a smaller time-piece without the use of weights.
The clocks could be smaller, set up in any room of the house, and even be moved from one room to another. The first "portable clocks" were born, as also a person could carry such a clock small enough, e.g. watch.
First timepiece known as a watch
From this story one might think that young Henlein was the first to make a time-piece known as a watch. Whether you believe it or not - the invention and use of the flat coiled spring opened immense possibilies to a great industry, that overshadows every accomplishments before.
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