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Cuckoo Clocks with a Modern Twist?

Cuckoo Clocks with a Modern Twist?

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There are highly any people out there who don’t know about the beautifully decorated, traditional cuckoo clocks. But now there are some more modern versions available. Rectangular cuckoo clocks have started to emerge, and are giving the classic cuckoo clocks a more modern expression. What it essentially is, is the same mechanism as the traditional cuckoo clocks, but with a more modern styling. These new styles have caused both great excitement and equally great disappointment among enthusiasts. We have made a short post here, to describe how these new modern rectangular cuckoo clocks differ from the traditional ones.

What’s the difference?

Well, apart from the shape of the clocks, the way the modern rectangle cuckoo clocks set themselves apart from the traditional ones, is in their decorations. Or rather, lack thereof. While the materials can still be exquisite, and the mechanisms fine-tuned, there tend to be a lot less decorative features on the modern rectangular cuckoo clocks. This can very well be due to the fact that a lot of people would like a cuckoo clock, but with so many people adopting the minimalist, cubist style of both houses and interior design, there was a need for a clock that could blend in a bit easier. Que, the modern rectangle cuckoo clock.

How does it look

As we mentioned before, the modern rectangular cuckoo clocks are, to a great extent, a lot more streamlined in their appearance. They do however still have the two pendulums hanging from underneath, and the watch face on the front of the case. However, what is a bit special here, is thata lot of the rectangular cuckoo clocks doesn’t have a hole for the cuckoo bird. In these cases, the bird rests firmly atop of the clock. This is probably the most radical change of appearance for the clock – apart from the lack of carvings. The bird is visible at all times, but thankfully stillcuckoos when the clock strikes.

The imposters

Sure, there are some clocks out there that are claiming to be a cuckoo clock, but a lot of them are missing the pendulums, and are instead digital. It does still play the sound, however, – but we will let you be the judge of whether or not it is a “real” modern rectangular cuckoo clock.

For some people, the modern rectangle cuckoo clock is a sight for sore eyes. It is a fresh breath of air to a very traditional decoration. For other people, however, it is causing quite an uproar, because a lot of the artistry is “lost” in these new pieces. One could argue that the latter is correct. However, it is also worth noting that the views of timepieces and art changes over time. It’s only natural that cuckoo clocks do the same – or at least branch out to a new audience, for whom straight lines and linear designs are more attractive. All in all, we are glad that the traditional clocks are still being made, and hope that this won’t ever change. We do, however, also welcome the new and more modern rectangular cuckoo clocks.