We built our first clock in 1920, and we’re deeply gratified to say that the same loving care and craftsmanship that went into our first clock, still goes into every Loetscher cuckoo clock built today, making each one a truly timeless timepiece. We’re also proud to say that we’re the only genuine Swiss chalet cuckoo clock maker in existence today.
Loetscher AG operates two facilities in different parts of Switzerland that have specific duties in the manufacturing of the clocks.
All of the initial steps involved in building the clocks are done in the woodworking facility in Brienz, a small village in central Switzerland in the canton of Berne.
Here our woodworking artisans take linden wood that has been aged several years (to ensure it won’t warp or crack in humid or dry environments) and hand-carve every chalet and all the figurines that adorn them. This initial process takes time, and it’s the most costly way to build clocks, but it’s what distinguishes Loetscher from the rest.
The finished clock bodies are then brought to our assembly plant in Faellanden, just outside Zurich, where the clockworks, music boxes and gears that enable the figurines to move are assembled and positioned into the clocks. And then finally, the weights and pendulums are added, completing the last steps of assembly.
Loetscher is soon approaching its 100-year anniversary, and during this time we’ve never veered from this labor-intensive, patient approach to building cuckoo clocks quite because there’s simply no better way. This is how we’ve done it from our humble beginnings, and this is the way we’ll do it for the next hundred years.