Watches (hardback)


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  • This beautiful and intriguing compendium explores the history of watches.

    The collection of watches held by the British Museum is unsurpassed anywhere in the world, and tells the story of the watch which spans an incredible 500 years.

    Within the British Museum collection are examples ranging from sixteenth-century early stackfreed watches made in south Germany to exquisite decorative watches of the seventeenth century. Everyday watches from the eighteenth century and precision-made chronometers from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries are included in this intriguing compendium, as are examples of mass-produced watches from the modern era.

    All the major makers of Europe and America are represented, many of them with multiple examples. There are, for example, thirty-one genuine watches from the London workshops of Thomas Tompion, whose reputation stretched far and wide even in his own time. Another famous maker is Swiss-born Abraham Louis Breguet, who lived and worked in Paris supplying the best that money could buy to the crown heads and aristocratic families of the western world.

    Seventy- seven watches are discussed in all, accompanied by over 250 striking photographs. Many details of the mechanical movements are included, allowing the reader a rare insight into the inner workings of watches, as well as their outer beauty.


    David Thompson is the Curator of Horology at the British Museum. His previous publications include Clocks (British Museum Press, 2004).

  • Product code: cmc50550
    Price category: 25 to 50
    ISBN: 9780714150550
    Number of pages: 176
    Size: 24.5cm x 24.5cm x 1.8cm
    llustrations: 256 colour
    Publication date: March 2008
    Weight: 1.12kg
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