Music: Featuring 2 separate, alternating songs on each hour
Songs:Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer
Additional features: Slide pendulum with wooden stem
Size (cm): 41 x 38 x 22
Size (inches): 16H x 15W x 8.5D
One of the first things that might come to mind when thinking of Germany is the cultural significance of beer and of the places one might go to enjoy it. This impressive chalet cuckoo clock combines each of these elements into an exciting and dynamic design. The base colors for the clock case itself are a series of differing shades of brown. This serves twin purposes. First, the darker background stain allows the colorful figurines and detail work to come to the fore. Second, the repeated use of two-tone coloring adds a sense of depth to the scene, making it all seem more real to the viewer. Dark timbers frame the cuckoo dial overtop of a lighter stain ensuring that the dial is prominent and easy to read.
The artful placement of the dark timbers guides the eye around the clock by loosely connecting to the windows of the chalet. Here can be seen one of the clock’s Bavarian elements as the checkered blue and white patterns from the Bavarian coat of arms are used as window curtains. The dancers that will spin and twirl as the music plays represent the cuckoo clock’s second Bavarian element as they are each wearing traditional Bavarian clothing. They dance above an intricate balcony of blonde wood that pairs perfectly to the name plate on the base of the clock. The nameplate states in simple German fashion – “Brauhaus.”
Along the base of the clock and above the dark wood of the nameplate is where the majority of the movement takes place. Starting from the right facing the clock, a Brauhaus employee is hard at work tapping kegs for his patrons. Two of those patrons sit below the clock dial slightly off center, raising and lowering their refreshing beers. The fact that they are slightly off center is done a purpose as life is never symmetrical. Continuing towards the left of the clock is the Brauhaus’ most important worker – the keg roller. He ensures that a steady stream of cold kegs is kept stacked and ready to go. A moving keg wheel helps him in his task as he rushes to keep ahead of his thirsty customers.