A Review of This Year’s Winner
a Look Back in Time
Cuckoo Clock of the Year 2017:
It’s an exciting time in the cuckoo clock world!
The Black Forest Clock Association (Vds) has announced it’s coveted
“Cuckoo Clock of the Year.”
The 2017 winner is an exquisite
This beautiful clock perfectly depicts everything cuckoo clock lovers and makers holds dear.
Beautifully crafted scenes of typical Black Forest life, stunning details on the figurines and delightful movement that brings the entire piece to life.
Every year, the most special coo coo clocks, manufactured in the Black Forest, have the chance to participate in the annual “Black Forest Clock of the Year” competition.
The major workshops present their most elaborate model of the year and popular vote decides the winner.
“Winners are often displayed in a public museum so the visitors can marvel at the works of art.”
The collection of the Black Forest Clock of the Year is a demonstration of the stunning craftsmanship, design, and mechanical engineering that the Black Forest region is known for.
It’s no small task to win clock of the year!
The Black Forest Clock Association (VdS) has 70 members including manufacturers, suppliers and clock dealers.
It’s important to them that the impeccable craftsmanship that goes into every Black Forest cuckoo clock be on full display in the choice of the winner.
This year’s clock from August Schwer is no exception!
Here’s a look back at the past August Schwer winning designs:
This clock displays a mastery of woodcarving and intricate design. Click here to learn more about how an authentic German cuckoo clock is made.
The 8-day-movement clock depicts a woodcutter in the Black Forest and boasts 3 moving elements. The clock shows off with delightful music and dancers!
This beautiful work of art can transport you directly to the Black Forest!
Delicate carving is displayed in the life-like horse towing a cart of wood and the woodman looking on with his blade. This 8-day-movement clock shows off an array of dancers who twirl on the hour.
This 8-day-movement Chalet style clock is incredible!
There are so many details to drink in. Horses, carts of wood, women going about their work and much more. This clock incorporates 3 elements of movement and music to charm the dancers to life.
Wow, where to begin with this gorgeous display of artistry.
This chalet style clock offers an extended scene of Black Forest life with two additional houses on either side of the mains display.
“The figurines and animals are in life-like poses and seem to be ready to jump to life at any moment.”
This stunning 8-day-movement chalet style clock boasts a refined look.
The intricate woodwork displays a pattern that is beyond compare. There are 3 moving parts to this clock along with small animals like the geese and puppy.
This one also includes a waterwheel that looks like it could turn at any moment.
This incredible clock showcases the fun and fair of Black Forest life.
On the right, you’ll see a team of musicians ready to start the party!
There are also incredible details in the figures faces and expressions. It has 4 moving elements and a brightly colored bird to mark the hours.
Rombach and Haas, known as Romba, was founded over 100 years ago in 1894 in Schonach, where it is still located today.
Known for expertly combining tradition with innovation,
this is one of the best clock factories in all of the Black Forest.
…the company remains family run, now in the fourth generation and run by Ingolf and Conny Haas.
The company remains small, only hiring around 12 employees who are committed to the traditions of clock making.
This tradition is an important part of the company culture as well, something instilled by owner Ingolf Haas.
While there are plenty of traditional clocks to choose from, you can also turn to Romba for a modern looking design, which they have designed since 2005. This reinvention has helped the company stay relevant and reach a newer, younger generation.
Tradition is not lost on this company, however, and in fact, they are one of the only companies that still produce hand-painted shield clocks and create antique reproductions.
In addition to their commitment to producing authentic clocks, the Haas family also works to support the Black Forest region in other ways as well by supporting local organizations.
Purchasing a clock from Romba, whether it be more modern or traditional in nature, is a wonderful decision that results in supporting a great company with a wonderful culture…
…and you receive a high-quality clock that you will surely enjoy for years to come.
Looking for more reasons to purchase a coo coo clock from the Haas family?
Did you know that their exceptional quality has attracted the attention of numerous celebrity clients, including Udo Walz and Daniela Löw, wife to German national soccer coach Jogi Löw?
You will surely find a clock here that you will love.
Have you ever been to a place that feels like heaven?
A place that makes you ask this to yourself – “Am I dreaming?”
Here, at the Black Forest…
… you can feel like you’re in a wonderland.
Yeah, this is not a dream!
This magnificent view isn’t some kind of CGI graphic, it’s real!
The Black Forest is well-known for being the best place in the world for creating cuckoo clocks. The Black Forest Cuckoo Clock is also famous in Germany and all around the world.
However, the region itself is a popular tourist destination, especially during winter.
Thinking of taking a trip here?
Come the winter months this area turns into a beautiful landscape that promises snow and plenty of fun outdoor activities.
While here in the Black Forest, you have plenty of hiking trails you can explore, including some set tours that will take you to some of the most beautiful areas in all of the region.
Is hiking not your style?
Why not hit the slopes for some skiing or snowboarding? Whether you are a pro or just a beginner, you can find your place here in the Black Forest. Complete with training for new athletes and ski jumps and cross-country opportunities for the pros, there is something for everyone.
Come evening time, the region comes to life and is illuminated with lights and makes for a picturesque backdrop while you eat dinner and enjoy the evening.
Planning a visit during the Christmas season?
You are in for a real treat!
Visit one of the many Christmas markets and other planned festivities during the season for a truly unforgettable and magical experience.
The fun doesn’t end on Christmas Day, either.
For several days after Christmas, the region experiences the Christmas Magic of Triberg, where tons of lights light up the city during the final days of the year. Don’t forget to buy the Christmas cuckoo clock here.
Make sure you stay around for the final night!
And don’t miss out the fireworks near the Triberg waterfalls.
A trip to the Black Forest during winter, and in particular Christmas time, is something you will not soon forget. Come enjoy the snow, beautiful scenery, and wonderful festivities the Black Forest has to offer!
And don’t forget to purchase your cuckoo clock before leaving!