We know the Swiss have always had a passion for keeping time and creating the most stunning timepieces the world has ever seen. But did you know that their zeal for music was first expressed in 1865 in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland? That’s right. And today, it is considered the birthplace of the mechanical music box. The Swiss Music Box is a special heirloom exclusively created by the famous Reuge horologists. This masterpiece is formed by a 3-4 step production process that uses an accurate Cartel 4.144 movement. A rotating brass cylinder uses resin to produce the perfect tonal quality sound. Inside it, a set of 3,800 wire pins pluck two 72-note tempered-steel combs in systematic harmony to turn out some of the most magical notes you would have ever heard. Every tooth of this extraordinary music box is tuned to a specific frequency. The keylar “feathers” dampen some notes, while the lower weighted notes all come together in union to make the required sonority.
The Swiss Music Box has four different musical selections of 50-seconds that make it sound exactly like a 19th-century music box that would play Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Verdi’s La Traviata, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, and Bizet’s Carmen. A winch-like winding mechanism with a carbon fiber ‘sail’ and polished maple-inlaid mahogany ‘deck’ makes this music box one-of-a-kind. Its brushed nickel base plate brings out a quaint simplicity. Bring back the charm of the days gone by getting this lovely Swiss Music Box at $25,300.
Dimensions: 4 3/4″ H x 8 3/4″ W x 22″ L. (12 lbs.)