CLOCK RE­NAIS­SANCE

Func­tional and Fas­ci­nat­ing, the tick­ing clock is back in Fash­ion

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In our fast-paced, dig­i­tal age, the con­cept of time is ever more elu­sive. The hours speed by as we mul­ti­task our way through the day, of­ten glued to mobile phones, com­put­ers and tele­vi­sion screens. With its gen­tle, un­hur­ried tick­ing, the wall clock cre­ates a com­fort­ing am­bi­ence that gives us cause to pause, slow down and en­joy time. Kieninger has been pro­duc­ing wall, floor and man­tel clocks since founder Joseph Kieninger set up his busi­ness in 1912. Lo­cated in the Black For­est in Ger­many, Kieninger is the old­est ex­ist­ing man­u­fac­turer of me­chan­i­cal clock move­ments in the world. Kieninger clocks not only look beau­ti­ful – with wooden cases fea­tur­ing a fine lac­quer or hand-rubbed fin­ish, bev­elled crys­tal glass, enamel di­als and gold plated dec­o­ra­tions – they house high-qual­ity move­ments and other func­tions de­vel­oped and patented by Joseph Kieninger and, later by his son, Wil­helm. Move­ments fea­ture durable stain­less com­po­nents, while pin­ions are fin­ished with a spe­cial process de­vel­oped to re­duce fric­tion and wear. One in­dus­try first was Kieninger’s KSU-16 rod triple chime move­ment which of­fered a choice of three melodies – West­min­ster, Bird Hunter and Ode to Joy – ev­ery hour. An­other in­ge­nious in­no­va­tion is the au­to­matic chime shut-off switch, which turns off chimes be­tween 10pm and 7.15am for an un­in­ter­rupted sleep. Floor clocks give a fo­cal point to a room. Kieninger of­fers a va­ri­ety of styles, from the clas­sic, grand­fa­ther in ma­hogany to ul­tra-mod­ern pieces in glass with LED light­ing. For a con­tem­po­rary take on the tra­di­tional wall clock, there are slim, col­umn-style vari­ants with a shiny pi­ano fin­ish. From petit mod­els in shim­mer­ing sil­ver to wal­nut vari­ants re­plete with four faces showing dif­fer­ent world time zones, man­tel clocks make the most artis­tic time­keep­ers, and heir­looms. Exquisitely crafted to show off their mes­meris­ing move­ments, Kieninger clocks bring true joy to the pass­ing of time.

Bot­tom Left: Dark Amer­i­can wal­nut looks strik­ing in the mod­ern home; Top Right: This so­phis­ti­cated cu­rio cabi­net fea­tures LED light­ing and a curved glass door; Mid­dle Right: A high gloss, black pi­ano fin­ish brings moder­nity to man­tle clocks; Bot­tom Right: Ex­quis­ite di­als dis­play day, month, and moon phase

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