Horology has its very own legends, and the story of the newly restored Singing Bird Clock, made in the eighteenth century by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, is one of the most exciting.
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Websites and blogs are fine. Being part of the action is so much better. From museum to Manufacture, follow the guide on an exciting and educational exploration of watchmaking country. Switzerland, here we come!
Created by Maxima Gallery, Watchmakers – The Masters of Art Horology opens this Friday April 6th in Rome before travelling to New York, Hong Kong and London. Museums and galleries, places where art is traditionally displayed, become the venues for the work of thirteen independent watchmakers.
Patek Philippe launched nine commemorative special-edition timepieces, including a world-first complication, to celebrate the opening of its Art of Watches exhibition in New York City last Thursday.
Would Van Cleef & Arpels partner with a racing car team on a noisy circuit? The chances of this are about as improbable as HYT becoming an exclusive sponsor of ballet for Dubai Opera. In either case, the message sent out would be confusing, to say the least.
The Design Museum in London is showing Cartier in Motion, curated by Lord Norman Foster. The exhibition, which runs through end July, shows how Cartier watches are objects of engineering and design that mirror the changing styles of the twentieth century.
Filmmaker and journalist Eileen Hofer is now also a "friend" of Jaeger-LeCoultre. Throughout July, she is presenting "Tomorrow the Birds Will Sing" at Chaplin’s World in Vevey, Switzerland.
Earlier this month, the Le Brassus watchmaker hosted an official ceremony to lay the first stone of its future museum. This futuristic building – a half-buried glass and concrete spiral with roof garden – will be joined, on the other side of the Manufacture, by the brand's second project: a luxury hotel, currently under construction.
Ludwig Oechslin, who was awarded the 2017 Hommage à la Passion prize by the Haute Horlogerie foundation, was for long the watchmaking genius behind the scenes at Ulysse Nardin before becoming the curator of the International Museum of Horology (MIH) at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Eleven years ago, he established Ochs & Junior in Lucerne, a company that goes to the essence of watchmaking.