KIENZLE 'Design' battery mantel clock after Heinrich Moeller, early 1970s

Kienzle, Germany's oldest manufacturer of clocks and watches, produced some of the most recognisable clocks of the 20th century under the creative and visionary direction of Heinrich Moeller, their chief designer from 1931 until 1970. Despite changing tastes and technology, Moeller's distinctive modernist style continued to influence Kienzle design throughout the latter half of the century.

This stunning mantel clock in brushed and polished nickel-plated brass with electric blue dial retains Moeller's trademark characteristics of a slim profile, domed glass and pedestal base, while the quality of construction and attention to detail which characterised Moeller's early work are still in evidence. Notably, the clock features a hypnotic, smooth-sweeping centre second hand.

The clock is driven by a second generation electro-mechanical battery movement, the Kienzle w627c, which has a balance wheel like a conventional clock, but this is impulsed by the transistor-switched interaction between a coil and magnet rather than by mechanical force as with a spring-driven movement.

The clock has been disassembled, cleaned and serviced and is in excellent overall vintage condition. The battery cover is missing, but this does not affect its function. It is in full working order and keeping good time with a quiet tick.

Diameter 180mm; overall height 190mm; overall depth 65mm. Weight 700g

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