Kieninger

Some centuries ago, our ancestors went to bed with the last rays of sunlight and got up at cock-crow in the early morning. What gave them orientation was the course of nature, the changing of the seasons and the position of the sun. At the end of the 13th century, when the mechanical wheel clock was invented in a monastery, people did not know that this invention should lead to a completely different consciousness of time in the centuries to follow.

With the beginning of the industrialization, the clock was setting the pace. Just as the wheels of a clock movement work together converting the clock pulse into motion, the working people had to adapt to the machines and work as precisely as a clock. The clock was an instrument to measure working time and efficiency. Speed and piece rates determined the daily work.