Hönes German Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
The world-renown German Black Forest Clock, also known simply as the “cuckoo clock” for its long history and tradition, manufactures cuckoo clocks of the highest quality, showcasing traditional technology and the skilful combination of art and design.
The Black Forest region of Germany can be traced back to the 17th century, although the Germany watch industry cannot provide reliable sources of its first appearance in Germany. However, we can be sure that during the 17th century, Black Forest region watchmaker Franz Anon Ketter, inspired by a church organist, used two bellows to resonate the “goo – goo sound“ – which is why we now confidently say that Black Forest was the breeding ground of cuckoo clocks.
Subsequently, cuckoo clocks began to be popular among the royal family and nobles. More and more workers from the Black Forest region produced clocks and more local people began to develop family workshops. Every winter in the snow-covered Black Forest, clockmakers worked on all kinds of cuckoo clocks and local businessmen began to order and sell the cuckoo clocks to Asia through the Silk Road, or via a cruise across the Atlantic.
Unlike other mechanical cuckoo clocks – its fuselage and decorative craft represent the essence of this tradition. Hönes cuckoo clocks must go through traditional processes, including hand carving wood components; supplemented by traditional mechanical drive principles. The decorative elements that reflect the Black Forest lifestyle, such as timber, firewood, drinking and dancing people and water tankers, vividly perform in coherence with the music and birds.
The cuckoo clocks made by Hönes maintains the excellence of clinical German industrial technology. All wooden components are produced by local clockmakers with Black Forest region timber, following a 200 year tradition. Its vivid, sweet music, and exquisite decoration are absolutely art treasures. And each of its cuckoo clocks are made by renowned master clockmakers.