Anyone who realizes me knows about my acute passion for mechanical watches.
Less known perhaps is the fact that my advantage in replica watch reviews originated in a fascination with esthetics and characteristic value of the timepieces rather than the intricacies or complexities of the development and other technical aspects.
At the age of 14, after seeing a magazine advertisement for a Patek Philippe Reference 3919 in white gold, I was entranced by its basic esthetics and the fact that something so subtle and apparently common as a plain wristwatch could be so incredibly valuable.
That is the point at which my excursion in timepieces started.
These two properties, intrinsic value and predominant immortal esthetics, culminated with my first personal encounter with the Sattler Classica Secunda 1985 , a rare present day precision pendulum clock.
It was Number 333 and it adorned the hallway of the previous Chronoswiss headquarters in Munich, Germany where I was working at the time. The proprietors of the Erwin Sattler manufacture had skilled the piece to their companion Gerd-Rüdiger Lang, author and then proprietor of Chronoswiss, for the inauguration of his new factory building.
Upon sight, the immediate conviction overcame me that one day I would have to claim one of these dazzling marvels of wall art.
Years later, after I had moved to Princeton, New Jersey, I finally acquired my Sattler Classica Secunda 1985. And it has given me stashes of happiness since the time the day it arrived in my home – an inclination that continues to overcome me each time I glance at it: I am loaded up with the same significant satisfaction and pride of ownership.
Enough with the anecdotes, however. After all, a precision pendulum clock selling at the cost of a decent grand piano is as necessary to life as a wristwatch costing the same as a family minivan.
Hence, we need some justification for the venture. So let me attempt to explain my personal fascination with this grand objet d’art and why I believe it is well worth considering for anyone who loves mechanics.
The Erwin Sattler manufacture
Erwin Sattler is a family-possessed clock manufacturer, I dare say today the just one of its sort on the planet. Its establishing dates back to 1903 when Heinrich Sattler patented a mantel clock with an integrated perpetual calendar.
Some 60 years later, Erwin Sattler established the company that is as yet in existence today, presently possessed and managed by his daughter, Stephanie Sattler-Rick, and her business partner Richard Müller.
Most replica watch reviews brands (certainly those manufacturing under 100 units a year) can just dream of the profundity of manufacturing and production independence that Sattler achieves.
With the exception of not many non-mechanical parts (the glass utilized in the casing, for example), Erwin Sattler manufactures each and every part of the clocks in-house at its factory in Munich’s suburbs. That means each plate, bridge, screw, hand, spring, dial, pendulum bar, and weight is crafted in the company’s own laboratories and workshops.
With a team of about 30 master clockmakers, metallurgists, physicists, device makers and others, the company has expanded its product portfolio throughout the years from exclusively unrivaled ultra-high precision pendulum clocks to include exceptionally complicated time machines, cutting edge replica watch reviews winders, wristwatches, and nautical instruments.
The beauty about the way the proprietors approach the business side of the manufacture is its organic pace. With its remarkable global situating and subsidizes amassed through the careful and continued success of the family business, the company has no strain to rapidly develop, increase top line sales and EPS, or pay out shareholder dividends.
The proprietors are disciplined about staying grounded and consistent with the passion they have for what they do. This leads to the distribution being exceptionally selective around the globe – and not as a strategic approach to extravagance marketing, but rather basically as an outpouring of the degree of craftsmanship and the reluctance to compromise in any structure or fashion on the quality or technical and esthetic values of the product.
Technical aspects of the Classica Secunda 1985
The Classica Secunda 1985 is one of Erwin Sattler’s longest standing models; it has seen continuous upgrades and perfection since its introduction to the market in 1985.
It is also perhaps the most precisely running clocks from the bright manufacture. To such an extent that it was selected by the German Museum of Natural History and Science to address the second pendulum clock in its collection.
In 1820, French scientists characterized the “second lessened part” of 60 minutes, the “secunda minor pars,” as one-86,400th of a mean solar day.
Like the oscillating balance wheel in a wristwatch, the second pendulum of the Classica Secunda 1985 serves both as the separating and drive giving part of the clock’s movement.
The pendulum’s even and consistent swing decides the precision of the clock. And that swing is thus dictated by the consistent physical characteristics of the pendulum, most notably its length and center of gravity.
This is the reason Erwin Sattler focuses on the utilization of materials that don’t change when temperature or moistness does.
By using these materials, a genuine precision pendulum clock should deviate just minimally from cesium time standards over much longer periods than experienced with even the most precise of mechanical wristwatches.
And when I say precision, I mean to the tune of one second in six months!
The pendulum bar of the Classica Secunda 1985 is crafted from a multi-layer Superinvar alloy. This material is profoundly resistant to temperature changes and, yet, to compensate for even the smallest deviations, the bar is constantly counterbalanced by a uninhibitedly swinging compensation tube.
But even this isn’t sufficient: to add precision and eliminate changes that outcome from fluctuations of encompassing air pressure, the pendulum of the Classica Secunda 1985 is outfitted with an aneroid barometric compensation drum that movements weight here and there the pendulum relying upon changes in air pressure.
Let me pause here to explain a basic fact about pendulum clocks: the more drawn out the pendulum is, the more slow it will swing.
In different words, the lower the center of gravity inside a given length of clock pendulum, the more slow the pendulum will swing and in this manner the more slow the clock will run. Which takes me to the intricacies of adjusting the Classica Secunda 1985 for perfect timing.
First, you obviously want to make sure to have the clock mounted on as strong a wall as possible so it isn’t presented to visit vibration. This wall ought to be in a live with a consistent climate, and one that isn’t generally subject to abrupt changes in environmental parameters is certainly desirable.
I have to admit that I fall shy of these placement criteria as I have situated my Classica Secunda 1985 in the library, relatively close to a wood fire place.
Once situated and mounted in a perfectly level position, the adjustment of the actual clock begins. Achieving the most notable changes in the pendulum’s center of gravity, done by raising or bringing down it, takes place by raising or bringing down the cylindrical double barrel pendulum weights.
Just beneath these two (heavy and cleaned to perfection) cylinders, you can discover a setting screw with a small scale secured by a counter nut. Each marker on the scale addresses approximately a one-second-a-day regulation. Turning the screw to the correct raises the pendulum weight and consequently the center of gravity. Bringing down the weight has the contrary effect and eases back the clock down.
Before starting this procedure, one should place one of the two larger 200 mg regulating loads crafted in fine nickel silver on the circular regulating table in the pendulum rod.
After adjusting the pendulum of the clock with the bottom setting screw to about a second a day, these loads can later be utilized to additionally adjust the center of gravity ceaselessly or touching the pendulum.
Removing the initial weight again brings down the center of gravity and causes the clock to run about one second more slow each day. Adding the additional weight will bring about the opposite.
With this procedure, it is possible to adjust the Classica Secunda 1985 to a precision inside about 1-2 seconds’ deviation for each week.
But of course that isn’t enough.
Additional cleaned nickel silver and brushed aluminum loads ranging from 50 mg to as little as one mg can be utilized to additional tweak the regulation. Absent much exertion, I achieved a precision of about one second’s deviation for each month.
Even my ultra-precise high-beat Grand Seiko pales in comparison. And with a force hold of a little more than 30 days, one twisting of the clock also lasts about multiple times longer than the watch.
Assisting me in this endeavor is a helpful app for fans of timing precision called Precision Time, which synchronizes with a number of cesium deadbeats and issues various acoustic planning signals that make adjusting the clock very easy.
Now you may think this is all fine and it seems like anybody could do it, and that’s actual. But what about the actual assembly and mounting of the clock on the wall?
Don’t stress, at this rich price tag, the Classica Secunda 1985 comes with personal installation by one of the specialists from the factory in Munich.
However, I have now mounted and taken the clock down multiple times myself and I can vouch that on the off chance that you are careful and somewhat gifted with your hands, you probably can do it yourself.
Improperly executed, you can obviously cause major damage to the clock and its parts, some of which are very touchy. Regardless, allow me to go a bit further into explaining the process.
The Classica Secunda 1985 is sent directly from the factory in Munich to your home in the United States (or any place). It comes in a layered box that has a total of three double cardboard external shells, each spaced with individually fitted polyurethane foam.
The case and each part are individually wrapped and again housed in a firmly fitted polyfoam embed. I enthusiastically recommend requesting the optional stainless steel mounting plate for U.S. homes as in all likelihood the clock will be placed on a dry wall, and this mounting plate gives additional stability and hanging support.
This is because the actual clock is mounted on a solitary bolt screw that is located exactly in the center of the dial behind the development. Four high-cleaned knurled screws drive sharp blued stainless steel pins through the case into the wall to both stabilize the lodging and help with lateral and frontal leveling of the case.
The inside back of the black lacquered shell is fitted with an absolutely amazing mirror-cleaned stainless steel plate that is precisely the same size as the clock’s dial. It features four precisely processed pillars holding the development in place as well as an additional finely turned bolt that holds the pendulum suspension spring and the pendulum.
The suspension spring is crafted from a secret steel alloy with low thickness and ultra-high flexibility; the two aligning spring stripes measure close to 0.05 mm in thickness. The bending center of the spring framework is exactly in accordance with the development’s anchor pivot.
The suspension spring is likely the absolute most touchy part of the whole clock. Mishandling it or not having a steady hand when coupling the pendulum will bend and annihilate the spring. The clock comes with a spare spring framework put away in the accessories drawer.
After hanging the pendulum framework, the actual development as well as the dial and hands is mounted onto the four processed pillars and secured utilizing knurled and profoundly cleaned screws.
Upon engaging the pendulum with the connecting anchor pole and adjusting the evenness of the pendulum swing, the assembly of the weight pulley is the last advance toward completion. Outrageous caution is advised in setting the stainless steel cable so it doesn’t get caught between the wheels of the movement.
One last recommendation: I enthusiastically recommend utilizing the microfiber gloves that come with the clock all through the assembly or any time that you touch any parts of the clock or its case. The degree of finish on each and every part is exceptional to such an extent that residue, scratches and fingerprints are easily seen. You can tell from the photographs that I did unfortunately not observe this important guideline in the past.
Aesthetic aspects of the Classica Secunda 1985
The second you first give a drive to the pendulum and it starts swinging all alone, generating the clock’s ticking, is a sound you won’t ever fail to remember. And the tick alone merits a full page of praise!
Each tick perfectly embodies the absolute precision and technicality characterizing the actual nature of this piece of wall art. The steady but delicately beating beat is noisy enough that you can clearly hear it in a calm room, but subtle enough that you don’t notice it on the off chance that you don’t pay attention to it.
It helps me to remember the hints of nature, similar to sounds that you would hear far away from civilization during a walk in the forested areas, because it is so natural.
Paired with the visual improvement of watching the pendulum on the whole its weight, grace, and utter precision swing back and forward narrowly above the precision scale at the bottom of the clock, this visual and acoustic ensemble has the same wholeheartedly entrancing attraction that a crackling fire in an open fireplace has: a glass of good red wine and the Classica Secunda 1985 could easily fill in as one’s night entertainment!
Coming back to the birthplace of my replica watch reviews collecting passion, however, it is the perfect embodiment of value that makes this Erwin Sattler precision pendulum clock such a great extravagance home décor item.
I would place this clock in the leagues of a Steinway grand piano. And relying upon the exact model chosen from the Sattler collection, you can easily spend as much cash on acquiring one. It is absolutely an object of desire.
Every finished screw, the authentic silver brushed and engraved dial, the flame-blued carved hands, all the profoundly finished parts on the pendulum and weight, and last but not least the case that is crafted from rare hardwoods and got done with a total of 13 layers of hand-finished piano lacquer and beveled lead crystal glass panes – all these components ooze craftsmanship, precision, and most importantly luxury.
It is the composition of all aspects of this clock that make it such a perfect inside plan object.
I do genuinely believe that the Classica Secunda 1985 is much more mechanical art and a plan object than a wall clock all by itself. It certainly has nothing to do with the traditional grandfather clock our parents and grandparents had in their homes.
And here I’d prefer to get back to my introductory considerations about extravagance and the concept of inborn value.
To better illustrate, let me draw a couple more examples: you can have nice stainless steel cutlery at home. Or then again you can go through a considerable amount of cash getting a bunch of heavily silver plated (90-150) tableware from Robbe Berking or Christofle .
Which you choose will make a colossal esthetic difference. And in the event that you are into it, it will be certainly justified regardless of the investment.
And then you can go all out and get massive Sterling silver (925) silverware from the same brands. While the latter will look exactly the same as the silver-plated cutlery, but for the various hallmarks, the ten times upgraded cost will automatically also radiate into its perceived value.
And this makes a gigantic emotional difference.
The same applies to other extravagance things, including the Erwin Sattler Classica Secunda 1985. This piece oozes value in each respect, and I have yet to meet anybody who’s seen it interestingly and was not struck by awe.
My personal Classica Secunda 1985 once also hung in a large seating area in my previous home in Florida. That house has a peculiar European inside plan, and when we showed it most prospective buyers didn’t bid because they were searching for an alternate style.
However, even the parties who had decided against the house inside the space of minutes into the showing wound up staying sometimes for almost an hour admiring the Classica Secunda 1985. There is no doubt that the clock was the talking piece of the whole property.
In my eyes, the Erwin Sattler Classica Secunda 1985 is clearly the following big extravagance thing the discerning consumer would want to own.
For one, you can have confidence to have something in your home that barely anyone has at any point found in their lives before.
And should you want to let out your internal nerd, this clock is the perfect precision toy for you, from the initial assembly to tuning with possible upgrade parts and setting and finely adjusting the time.
And once at regular intervals, or all the more frequently you don’t mind in between, you can celebrate the process of winding this marvel. Taking the hand crank out from the accessories drawer at the bottom of the case and embeddings it into the perfectly fitting twisting stem in the center of great importance hand is a sublime tactile experience.
The fine clicking sound that the ratchet makes while winding and the smooth movement of the pulley that transports the load back up along the lead glass panes is a rare treat in this consistently accelerating world.
My personal greatest pleasure for the 30 days between winding features is to observe the unbelievable precision displayed when the second hand advances with a tick starting with one marker then onto the next: perfectly on spot and perfectly in synch in perfectly controlled motion.
These snapshots of experiencing the lasting responsibility for Classica Secunda 1985 are what I would characterize as articulations of extravagance in the most flawless sense.
For additional information, please visit www.erwinsattler.com .
Dimensions: 145 x 37 x 18 cm/57 x 14 x 7 inches
Case materials: maple with maple root wood; cherry with olive root wood; black varnish with walnut root wood; walnut with walnut root wood; all varnish is applied in 13 layers
Glass: three beveled glass panes and an additional window on top
Accessories: winding crank, fine adjustment loads, and additional accessories like gloves are maintained in a mystery compartment in the bottom of the case
Force hold: 30 days
Limitation: none, but just about 500 have been manufactured in the course of the last 20 years
Price: recommended U.S. retail $37,000
Hartmut Kraft is a connoisseur and collector of fine timepieces and has been working in the replica watch reviews industry in various management positions since 2005.