In 1970, Hans and Hannie Frie (yes, the parents of our current CEO, Alain) established the company, Alma, in which during that time the clock industry was highlighted by beautiful hand-made mechanical clocks. Alma was acknowledged to be among the best in the world with their collection of typically Dutch mechanical clocks like “ Zaanse”, English table clocks as well as with French style “comtoises” and planetarium clocks, examples of fine craftsmanship.. The outstanding craftsmanship and strong designs of Alma’s mechanical clocks and of its exclusive brand “Christiaan Huygens” soon received international recognition. This small, family-owned Dutch company was soon selling clocks around the globe, including Japan and U.S.A..
When Alain joined the family business he started at the bottom, literally speaking. He worked on the production floor, which was located downstairs from the main office. He learned every aspect of making a clock. As he was going through all the aspects of his parent’s clock making business he realized that the clocks industry was rapidly developing and shifting focus from the traditional mechanical clocks to strong contemporary clock designs. It was the beginning of the transformation from Alma into the company, as we know it today, NeXtime.
From the start of NeXtime we worked with designers who brought creativity to the collection of clocks that have made a signature mark on the company it has evolved into today: glass clocks like “Spinning Time” and “Test Page” and everlasting designs like, “Plug Inn”. One of our trademark clocks, “Beauty”, beautifully encompasses our 40 year anniversary with it’s mechanical movement in a contemporary design, designed by our founding father: Hans Frie.
Now trading in more than 60 countries and our own offices spanning the globe, our design led clocks and our 40 years of manufacturing experience will continue to significantly contribute to the clock industry. NeXtime fully embraces the latest technologies, the use of the internet and our company’s responsibility to it’s environment with our “GreenTime Initiative”; NeXtime is committed to design and manufacture clocks that will guarantee “watching time pass” for another 40 years !