The Artwork of the Priest Mechanics

September 13th, 15:00 – 16:00

In the second half of the 18th century a series of astronomical clocks were created in the German speaking part of Europe primarily designed by, and in some cases, built by clerics. The main goal was not timekeeping accuracy, but a realistic depiction of astronomical movements. The clock by the Reverend Thaddaeus Rinderle, dated 1787, is a good example of combining scientific knowledge (astronomy) and brilliant technology with a significant philosophical/didactic component.

Eduard Saluz


1971 – 1975 Apprenticeship as a mechanic at Sulzer AG in Winterthur, followed by Abitur. 1981 first Museum job at the Naturmuseum Winterthur. 1984 – 1994 Curator at the Transportation Museum in Luzern. 1994 – 2003 Director of the Musicbox Museum Seewen Switzerland, (a division of the Swiss National Museum). Since 2003 Director of the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum in Furtwangen. Numerous publications on the history of transportation, musicboxes and horology.