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Audacious Look

The L’Audacieuse collection of clocks from Mathew Norman have been enriched by new versions with different finishes in 2016. These clocks have an astounding five barrels offering 40-day movement, fitted with a power reserve in the form of an open-disk and a vertical escapement giving them an audacious look. The movement seems literally floating in its limb. Light effects brought by two openings of the back face highlight the escapement as well as the five barrels.

The clocks are available in shiny black cabinet with palladium-coated plates, aluminum cabinet with palladium-coated plates and white lacquered case with black plates. All clocks feature a mechanical 40-day Swiss-made movement. The clocks feature 37 jewels and have a manual winding function with a modern design key. The front of the clocks as well as the profile and back are made from mineral glass. The clock dimensions are 210 x 210 x 85 mm. Each clock is available in a limited edition of 50 pieces.

In 1871, Henri Sandoz founded the Henry Sandoz & Cie watch factory in his native city of Le Locle in Swiss Jura, before relocating to nearby Tavannes, where he set up a new company producing watches, especially chronographs. He then began making movements for table clocks and alarm clocks.

In 1965, a new subsidiary company named Proteca, dedicated to the production of table clocks, was set up in Courroux. Meanwhile, in1974, the English Goldman group was looking to revive production of officer’s clocks and contacted Proteca with this in mind.

In 1975, the Matthew Norman Clockmakers AG company was set up after the acquisition of the Swiss specialist. They began creating collections featuring a timeless classic design inspired by carriage clocks. In 1977, the Basel-based Escor group, which took a passionate interest in mechanical clocks, bought up the company and renamed it Matthew Norman SA.

The year 1991 brought a last change of ownership, when Swiza SA, the Swiss leader in high-quality clocks, decided to enrich its product portfolio, in acquiring Matthew Norman SA. In 2006 Matthew Norman launched a new line of products with resolutely modern designs, combining the art of living with astounding time objects of art.