In the past few years, one of the oldest family-run manufacturers of Black Forest Clocks was able to win the competition Black Forest Clock of the Year twice. Already in the middle oft he 19th century, the brothers Andreas and Christian Herr started to fabricate their first Cuckoo Clocks in their small Black Forest farm house. It was one of their descendants, Hubert Herr, who started the business in Triberg’s mainstreet where it is still located today. As for today, it is the fifth generation of the Herr family that runs the company. One speciality of Herr Clocks is that every single part of the clock– from the extrerior tot he mechanics inside – is produced by themselves.
In 2011 and 2013, Hubert Herr was able to win the competition Black Forest Clock of the Year twice. For the Black Forest Clock of the Year 2011, they had the original idea of integrating a bakery in a Cuckoo Clock chalet-style. The master baker is taking fresh bread out of the oven while the mill in the background produces more flour. The chicken are picking some grains from the ground, while the freshly baked loaf of broads are cooling down on the right. The whole scene is surrounded by a lovely Black Forest Chalet, which even has the sign of the baker’s guild on it: Two Pretzels.
In 2013 as well, an elaborate design meant the win for Hubert Herr. Even though the lumber industry theme is often used in Cuckoo Clocks, the Black Forest Clock of the Year 2013 handles this topic very originally. Especially beautiful are the horses on the right who are pulling tree trunks. They are going in circles every full hour when the music starts. The lumberjacks and in the middle also move and on the left there is even a sawing machine – the whole world of the Black Forest lumber industry is captured in one very special Cuckoo Clock.
So rightly it was Hubert Herr who could win the title in these two years. They used their clockmaking experience of two centuries to create two clocks that are both traditional and original. We can not wait to see how creative the clockmakers will be in 2014.