Clockmaking, Miniature Sheet
Miniature sheet of CHF 5.00, gummed, mint
Delivery within 1 to 2 working days
Deliverable to: Worldwide
No matter what part of the world tourists come from, the “Zytglogge” is always a highlight when they visit Berne. The magnificent tower, the impressive clock faces and, of course, the moving figures delight young and old alike. The clock tower was originally the western city gate and was constructed in around 1220. As the city grew, the tower became an increasingly central location, and as a result, it has performed various roles. It served as a prison for a time, and was later used by the fire service. Following a fire in the city in 1406, it finally became a clock tower. The monumental clockwork, which can still be admired today, was made by the gunsmith Kaspar Brunner in 1530. It consists of five combined mechanisms housed together: the movement mechanism, two striking mechanisms and two installations for the movement of the figures. From the hour axis of the movement mechanism, the hands are moved around the two large 12-hour clock faces and the astrolabe clock. This is an example of the finest horological craftsmanship. The special stamp with a value of five francs, which celebrates this unique clock, is designed as a miniature sheet with technical illustration.