Loetscher built their first clock in 1920, and they’re deeply gratified to say that the same loving care and craftsmanship that went into their first clock, still goes into every Loetscher cuckoo clock built today, making each one a truly timeless timepiece. Loetscher is also proud to say that they’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. Their 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 their assembly plant in Kreuzlingen, by the lake of Constance, where the clockworks, music boxes and gears that enable the figurines to move are assembled and positioned into the clocks. Finally, the weights and pendulums are added, completing the last steps of assembly. Then they are packed and shipped to California Clock Company in the USA in bulk to ensure safe passage and affordable access to these amazing masterpieces.