IN THE MANUFACTORY
Two years go by. On a high-performance computer screen, lines, circles, and curves fit together to form secretive design plans. CNC-controlled machines drill precise holes in the base plates, turn thin arbors, and mill intelligently shaped teeth. Miniscule balls create precision bearings for the arbor’s pivots. Schooled craftsmen give steel poire and Breguet hands their inimitably slim shape, then carefully temper them over a flame to give them their wonderfully deep blue color. Somewhere else in the manufactory, magic hands create two moons and a number of shiny stars on a round metal disk. Or they cut wood intarsia, putting them together to make a wonderful work of art. Glass panes are faceted and polished. All the while, and with great patience and care, experienced clockmakers assemble fascinating microcosms that divide the passing of time into measurable parts. Without rushing, these works of art are adjusted and regulated so that they can fulfill their task with optimal precision. Carefully packaged up for delivery, the end product is finally on the way to a retailer that has been qualified as a suitable partner for the Erwin Sattler manufactory.
Your house or apartment during this time: you’ve leafed through the catalogue again and again, looking at the pictures and studying the texts. You’ve discussed it all with your Sattler dealer. And then, one day, it happens: your Erwin Sattler precision clock arrives. You notice right away that something has changed for you at home. The timelessly elegant design decorates any room; gentle ticking creates an inimitable atmosphere in the room where it hangs.
You literally feel how the daily grind makes way for peace and quiet. Thoughtfully, you watch the ponderous swings of the pendulum, every move inspiring you. In your mind, you make a journey back to times when electronics did not yet play a role. You feel how the sonorous ticking of your clock touches you, the masterpiece embodying value and tradition. You become conscious of how this seemingly anachronistic object defies these fast-paced times of our era with ease and charm within your four walls.
Timeless Brilliance: The Clock Manufactory Erwin Sattler
Since 1958, the Erwin Sattler clock manufactory has elevated its craft to an art of timeless value. Based in Gräfelfing near Munich, the manufactory creates timekeepers in accordance with the requirements of “Made in Germany” that outlast generations. Every single timekeeper and its proud owner carry the reputation of the family business out into the world. In a virtuoso way, centuries-old traditional craftsmanship is combined here with the latest precision technology. The unique design gives expression to sophistication in a way that only very few other products can.
Whether precision pendulum clock, pendulum clock, table clock, wristwatch or watch winder: Customers of Erwin Sattler purchase more than just a highly functional product, it is more than only an investment. They receive increased quality of life, which can be literally experienced – by the rhythmic pendulum beat of precision pendulum clocks and pendulum clocks, by the gentle ticking of a superb table clock or by the visual appearance of our watch winders. Each clock exudes a sense of exclusivity that creates an atmosphere in your home, where time passes equally tactfully as well as comes to a pleasant standstill.
Movement Quality, Made in Germany
The production of the up to 477 parts that are sometimes necessary to complete our complex movements takes time. Engraving the different scales on a dial alone takes about fifty minutes – at the end of which it is lavishly silver-plated.
Our base plates, upon which all the moving parts of a movement are mounted, are crafted in hardened brass that is up to five millimeters thick so that they are extremely stable. Each drilled hole is individually positioned and applied by our CNC-controlled machine. This process takes longer than simultaneous drilling with conventional machines, but it is much more precise.
The elegant legs of our gear wheels are not stamped, but rather milled from a whole piece. The watchmakers mount them on solid, hardened, steel arbors with precisely cut pinions. For lasting protection from oxidation, all our brass parts are plated with precious gold. To improve performance and reduce wear on the material, we use pallets made of agate. The gear wheel arbors are put in jewel bearings mounted in so-called chatons or the most modern precision ball bearings.
Exceptionally small driving weights and unusually long maintenance intervals are the positive result. Consistent use of high-grade materials, our own milling and computerized machines, and above all the high standard that each employee demands of him or herself make the unique Sattler quality possible. It can be up to two years before a new Sattler movement is finally encased. This seems like a long time, but it is actually very little compared to the centuries a clock made in the Erwin Sattler manufactory will have to live. We are passionately dedicated to making clocks that will continue to bring joy to future generations – and that justifies just about any amount of effort.
As it is the case with every Sattler timepiece, a pendulum clock combines high-quality design and precise technology down to the smallest detail. Thus, every Sattler clock boasts a hidden compartment for accessories, which is housed in the bottom of the case. The meticulous processing of all the individual parts, which come together to form a precise entity, is accurate to a hundredth of a millimeter and de rigeur for every pendulum clock.
The open-worked dial of a pendulum clock by Erwin Sattler reveals the partly gold-plated gear train, which is made of hundreds of parts. The swinging of an elegant pendulum clock makes the gear train run with a calmness that you will feel inside yourself.
To be seen in the picture: the drilling and milling of a massive pendulum lense made of brass
Always in time
Whether on the wall or on the desk, a Erwin Sattler clock also ticks to the steady rhythm of the world and indicates the time in a sophisticated fashion. In our clock manufactory near Munich, we focus on a design that is as straightforward and calm today as it will be in the future – in other words, timeless.
Thus, each clock shines with hand-shaped and blued hands or with hand-painted moon phase indicators. Also, a clock from Erwin Sattler will delight several owners, as it will travel through time and tastefully fit into any home. As if a table clock’s only task is to outlast and enhance the presence.
To be seen in the picture: The hands for the hours, minutes and seconds require up to a day of intense activity, depending on the clock model. First, these are domed manually in the traditional way with a file. Watchmakers refer to this as “doming”. Steel hands are then sanded and polished. Finally, the hands are heated over a gas flame until they have taken on a uniformly bright blue color.
Accuracy in perfection: the precision pendulum clock
Connoisseurs around the world appreciate a precision pendulum clock from our Munich manufactory as the ultimate in precision and accuracy. Even temperature or air pressure differences can hardly influence the accuracy of a precision pendulum clock from Sattler.
You can always rely on the pendulum swing of an Erwin Sattler precision pendulum clock, even when time seems to be going crazy. Their fine dials are inspired by the particularly accurate pendulum clocks of observatories.
To be seen in the picture: The escapement of the movement with the gold-plated gears behind the opening in the dial is particularly beautiful