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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the difference between 1-day movement and 8-day movement?

    Most mechanical cuckoo clocks are either 1-day or 8-day movement. This means they don't run on batteries (quartz movement) but instead need to be manually 'wound' by hand. A 1-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every day while an 8-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every eight days to keep time.

  • How do I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    Each mechanical cuckoo clock needs to be manually 'wound' by hand. This is done by gently pulling on the chains at the bottom of the clock towards the floor until the weight on the opposite end is raised to it's utmost position. Gravity does the rest and as the weights slowly lower again they pull the chain through the clock-work and power the mechanism. Remember to pull gently on the chains and it also helps to lightly support the weights as you raise it up with the chain. All of this might sound complex but it's really very simple and the routine is really quite endearing.

  • When should I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    A mechanical clock (either of 1-day or 8-day movement types) can be wound at any time of the day as many times as you want. Be sure to lightly pull the weight chains to raise the weights in accordance to the instruction manual.

  • What does 'night-time shutoff' or 'light sensor' mean?

    Most cuckoo clocks (either mechanical or battery powered) come with 'night-time shutoff' in either a manual or 'light sensor' variety. This just means that both varieties enable you to control when the clock makes sounds.

    Mechanical cuckoo clocks have a manual 'night-time shutoff' which are usually a lever with 2 positions - sound on or sound off. 

    Battery powered cuckoo clocks usually come with an automatic 'night-time shutoff' otherwise known as a light sensor which detects light levels and disables sound when the lights are off or it is very dark. While some include volume levels as well as sound on/off positions, some models also include an option to stop the sound between the hours of 9:00pm and 8:00am.

Traditional Brienz Chalet 1-day with music 27cm by Loetscher

Brand: Loetscher

Model ID: loestcher-388M

Estimated Delivery Time: Subject to availability, approximately between December 08 and December 12 for all UK and mainland Europe customers. Please be aware that this is a delivery estimate from past delivery times for this clockmaker. However delays, although uncommon, can happen and this can increase the delivery time by a few days. In all cases, we will notify you once we are aware of any delays.

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This model is Loetscher’s ode to the traditional Brienz-style chalet, a common sight in and around Brienz. The simple elegance of its design and its meticulous craftsmanship speak to the character of the people inhabiting this mountainous landscape. From generation to generation, they hold dear their devotion to quality and their appreciation for the simpler things in life.

The scene portrayed in this model presents a small veranda off to the left from which steps leads down to the chalet’s front lawn. Here we find freshly chopped wood logs neatly piled up against the house—also a common sight in this Alpine hamlet. The logs not only serve practical purposes, but are also used by many locals to add a decorative touch to their chalet’s façade. These particular logs come from the branches of trees in and around Brienz. Once gathered and stored for a period of time, the branches are cut by hand with painstaking care to make certain they resemble real logs one would find in front of a Brienz chalet.

Off to the right side of the scene you’ll discover a very huggable St. Bernard pup emerging from his doghouse, and in front of him, a pile of finely sliced kindling laying next to a tree stump used for chopping wood.

Product Details:

Mechanical Movement: 

This 1-day cuckoo clock can run for one day straight before you need to wind up the chain.

Figurines and Ornaments:

The figurines on this clock are hand-carved and hand-painted, which makes each one of them original and unique.

Night feature: 

This clock features a manual switch that allows you to turn off the cuckoo without affecting the clock’s movement.

 

Material:
Wood
Colour: Wood, green, white, red, yellow
Movement Type: 1-day Movement
Size (height): 21 cm (8 inches)
Size (width): 25 cm (10 inches)
Music:

Every half hour

  • Melody 1: The Happy Wanderer
  • Melody 2: Edelweiss
Nighttime shut-off Yes
Warranty
3 Years International Warranty
Manufacturer
Made by Loetscher in Switzerland

Estimated Delivery Time: Subject to availability, approximately between December 08 and December 12 for all UK and mainland Europe customers. Please be aware that this is a delivery estimate from past delivery times for this clockmaker. However delays, although uncommon, can happen and this can increase the delivery time by a few days. In all cases, we will notify you once we are aware of any delays.

Worried about your order arriving on time? Nine out of ten of our orders arrive within the estimated delivery time or even earlier. However sometimes there can be factors (such as availability and delivery location) that can affect the delivery time and lengthen it by a few days or even a week or two for some more complex models. In such cases we will keep you informed of the delay and work with the the manufacturer and courier throughout the process to make it as simple as possible for you to rest assured knowing your clock is on track to you. Many of our clocks are held in stock with our suppliers but, depending on the model/brand, some are built-to-order by one of our many manufacturers in Italy, Germany, Japan or Switzerland. We appreciate your patience in such cases and we will inform you of the tracking details as soon as your order is shipped from the manufacturer or supplier.

At any time, if you have questions or concerns about the delivery time of your order (maybe because it's for a birthday, wedding or Christmas present) then let us know and we will do our best to fast-track the order with our manufacturers. Contact us here.