A Sweet Cuckoo Clock
This delightful 8 Day Mechanical Chalet Cuckoo Clock was created by German designer AUGUST SCHWER, who has been producing high quality cuckoo clocks in the heart of the Black Forest since 1885.
Measuring 52cm* with the bell tower, or 41cm without, this endearing chalet style cuckoo clock portrays the scene of an alpine chalet in the mountainous woodlands of Germany & Switzerland. The chalet itself features a timber facade with a hand laid wooden shingled roof, a wooden clock dial and colourful dancers on a balcony above the clock dial. The most fascinating aspect of this clock is the high attention to detail outside the chalet itself, with a number of different features that catch the eye. To the right are a young couple sitting on a bench gazing out at the calming scenery around them - the man is playing an accordion; whilst to the left is a water wheel. Additional features to complete the delightful scene include fir trees, a cat, a chicken, a basket and some chopped logs. Rounding out this unique clock is a timber pendulum that hangs below the clock itself, alongside the weights; whilst a bell tower sits high above the chalet.
Chalet cuckoo clocks are the most famous and common type of cuckoo clock, and are often shaped as alpine houses and feature carvings that represent life in the mountain region of Europe (mainly around Southern Germany, Switzerland and Austria). The in-built cuckoo of this beautiful clock calls the full time each hour and once on the half hour, with a manual override to silence the cuckoo altogether should that be preferred. There are two melodies that alternate with this clock after the cuckoo calls - Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer. These tunes are played on a high quality Swiss made music movement by Reuge. The clock also features a manual night shut off mode that is enabled by lifting and pulling a lever. Chalet style cuckoo clocks can range from simple arrangements of carved features to very detailed scenes with many moving parts (known as automaton). The particular automaton for this cuckoo clock includes the water wheel and the dancers who twirl when the music plays, along with the couple who turn to kiss each other as the music plays. This delightful clock needs to be wound once a week and is sure to spark a sense of joy to whoever gazes upon the lovely scene.
This beautifully designed clock by SCHWER is a charming timepiece, suitable for those looking for a quality traditional cuckoo clock using carving methods that have been practised for hundreds of years.
Benefits of a Mechanical Cuckoo Clock
Black Forest mechanical cuckoo clocks are weight driven and are available in two different movements:
- 1 Day Movement - you wind the clock by pulling the chain and winding the weights once a day
- 8 Day Movement - you wind the clock by pulling the chain and winding the weights once a week
Each mechanical cuckoo clock will have either two or three weights; two weights for cuckoo only and three weights for cuckoo and music. One weight runs the clock movement and hands that show the time and the second weight drives the cuckoo calling mechanism. The cuckoo sound is produced using bellows that push air through two whistles creating the 'cook' and 'coo' sounds respectively. If you choose to also have music with your mechanical cuckoo clock, the third weight drives a traditional mechanical music box movement with a pinned cylinder that plucks notes on a 'comb' to produce a melody.
Award Winning Clocks
- The August Schwer clock factory is famous for their award-winning clocks, having won a number of awards over the years including cuckoo clock of the year in 2015
- The company produced their first cuckoo clock in 1737 and today their clocks depict woodland scenery inspired by the unique rural scenery of the Black Forest
- The company remain authentic in their terms of production, using only wood and metal from the Black Forest itself, aside for rare occasions where the material is sourced elsewhere
- The cuckoo clocks produced by August Schwer are produced with a high attention to detail, with delicate and intricate carvings on all of their designs
Why Shop at the Clock Shop?
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If you’re looking to purchase an authentic German cuckoo clock in Australia, then we offer a large range of quality timepieces that add a German inspired atmosphere to your home.
When you purchase a cuckoo clock from us, you will be guaranteed a product that is authentic in origin, sourced directly from Germany, and crafted of the highest quality. These beautiful and unique hand carved clocks date back to the early 18th century and are still manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany today.
A Guaranteed Product of Authenticity
The Clock Shop is a member of the “VDS-Verein die Schwarzwalduhr” (= Black Forest clock association), and a certificate of authenticity is included for all clocks with a mechanical movement made in the Black Forest. In order to provide customers with this certificate of authenticity, the product must be produced authentically and exclusively from the Black Forest, and must be working purely mechanically with all of its essential working parts to have also been produced in the Black Forest as well. SCHWER mechanical cuckoo clocks all guarantee the hallmarks of quality, precision and authenticity and as such, come with this certificate. When you purchase a mechanical cuckoo clock from the Clock Shop we will guarantee:
- 2 year warranty on all cuckoo clock purchases
- A VDS Certificate of authenticity
- Top quality customer service with fast response times
- Fast and secure delivery to anywhere in Australia
- A 100% happiness guarantee policy with easy returns
- Genuine hand-crafted 8 day mechanical carved cuckoo clock by SCHWER
- Alpine chalet in the mountainous woodlands of Germany
- Features a timber facade with a hand laid wooden shingled roof
- A wooden clock dial and colourful dancers on a balcony above the clock dial
- High attention to detail outside the chalet itself, with a number of different features that catch the eye
- To the right are a young couple sitting on a bench & the man is playing an accordion
- To the left is a water wheel
- Additional features include fir trees, a cat, a chicken, a basket and some chopped logs
- Timber pendulum that hangs below the clock itself, alongside the weights
- A bell tower sits high above the chalet
- In-built cuckoo of this beautiful clock calls the full time each hour and once on the half hour
- Manual override to silence the cuckoo altogether should that be preferred
- Two melodies that alternate with this clock after the cuckoo calls - Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer
- High quality Swiss made music movement by Reuge
- Manual night shut off mode
- Aautomaton includes the water wheel and the dancers who twirl when the music plays, along with the couple who turn to kiss each other as the music plays
- Needs to be wound once a week
- Wooden clock dial in the centre of the chalet
- Measures 52cm in height* (Including height of bell tower)
- Hand crafted in the Black Forest region of Germany
- 2 year warranty
- Fast delivery Australia wide
- Free delivery on orders over $400
- Happiness guaranteed
Whilst we do our best to accurately capture all products to best represent their natural appearance, the colour and finish of this product may vary slightly from the images on our website.
*The measurements of the clock do not include the height of the weights or pendulum.