12 unique icons of Mary and hymns
Hymns play on the hour
Volume is adjustable and may be silenced at night
Book explaining the artwork and hymns included in English and Spanish
Clock is electric (110/120v) (plugs into standard US wall outlet)
In the west-central part of Switzerland in the canton of Bern is a valley known as the Emmental, a dreamy, hilly landscape dotted with wooden bridges, cheese dairies, castles and idyllic farms. Loetscher’s “Edelweiss Chalet” clock pays tribute to this beloved region with its finely crafted rendering of a typical Emmental-style chalet. The region is also famous for its woodcarving craftsmen, two of whom you’ll find represented here on either side of the chalet’s edifice.
This Emmental-style chalet has a seesaw centered just above the face of the clock. Together with the clock’s tick-tock the seesaw moves up and down and gives the clock a very cheerful character. The stones at the foot of the flag pole are collected from around the Brienz mountains and the flowers are made of sand that is carefully collected from the banks of Lake Brienz and colored by hand.
This chalet cuckoo clock is featuring loving chickens picking their dish of corn. Two chickens pick their corn alternately as the cuckoo birds come out every half an hour.
The bold red eaves serve as a striking counterpoint to the rich brown color of the chalet’s timber edifice. The windows are cut-through, lending the scene a bit more texture and inviting admirers to wonder—what’s going on inside?
Loetscher once again salutes the most dearly loved fictional character in the history of Swiss literature—Heidi! This time we find hand painted Heidi standing in front of a traditional Emmental-style chalet. Her chicken is freely wondering towards Heidi. Off to the right of scene is a wooden flagpole bearing the Swiss national flag. And, of course, as with all Loetscher chalet cuckoo clocks, the flowers and boulders sprinkled throughout the scene are gathered and crafted from sand found from the banks of Lake Brienz.
The centerpiece of this chalet cuckoo clock is a figurine of Loetscher’s beloved Heidi holding a precious kid in her arms. In the middle of the scene a goat, perhaps the kid’s mother, looks up lovingly at Heidi and the kid. Behind Heidi a pair of wooden Alpine skis, a very familiar sight in this region, lean against the front of the house.
The centerpiece of this chalet cuckoo clock is a wooden figurine of our beloved Heidi holding a bunch of flowers in her hands. On the right side of the chalet is a pair of wooden Alpine skis—a very familiar sight in this region—lean against the front of the house. On the far right side of the scene a Swiss flag waves in the cool mountain breeze from atop a hand-carved wooden flagpole, and next to that rests a fountain well, also hand-carved from locally sourced twigs. On the far left side of the scene sits a bushy green pine tree. The shores of Lake Brienz provided the stones from which we carved the flowers, displayed on both sides of the chalet. Completing this exquisite picture are the contrasting bold red eaves against the rich colored brown of the chalet’s edifice.
This model is Loetscher’s ode to the traditional Brienz-style chalet, a common sight in and around Brienz. The simple elegance of its design and its meticulous craftsmanship speak to the character of the people inhabiting this mountainous landscape. From generation to generation, they hold dear their devotion to quality and their appreciation for the simpler things in life.
Loetscher’s “Woodcutter’s Chalet” model distinguishes itself from the others with its brightly painted red-colored eaves and gables decorated with yellow-colored flower carvings. When music plays at the half hour, the waterwheel rotates and the seesaw swings up and down. Never a dull moment at the “Woodcutter’s Chalet”!