4 Museums That Must Be On Your Bucket List If You
Are a True Watch Lover
The idea of museums and watches together may seem a little absurd, but only true watch-lovers know the deep connection watches share with history. Time-keeping and history have obvious parallels, but so does the watch industry that saw the birth of fine craftsmanship, innovative designs, and the confluence of technology and art. From desiring ‘Grandfather clocks’ and cuckoo clocks to buying watches online in India, the watch industry and the consumers have come a long way. If you are intrigued by the study of timekeeping and timekeepers, which is called horology, you must visit these museums that encapsulate all that you would want to know about the evolution of watches.
• The National Watch and Clock Museum
This museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania was founded in 1977 by NAWCC. It hosts some of the greatest watches and clocks made in history and also has a collection of tools, machinery, and ephemera related to horology. Tracing the complete history of timekeepers from non-mechanical devices such as the sundial, to mass-produced watches, the museum boasts of a collection of over 12,000 clocks and watches, with about 3,000 on display.
• The Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) in La-Chaux-De-Fonds
The International Museum of Horology or ‘The Musée International d’Horlogeri’ in French is located in La-Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland. As far back as in 1865, the Watchmaking school in the city decided to start a collection of clocks and watches, that gradually grew over the years and finally became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are also renowned for organizing talks or lectures on the topics related to watchmaking.
• Seiko Museum, Japan
Seiko, one of the leading manufacturers of watches and clocks, laid the foundation of the Seiko Museum in 1981 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The museum contains exhibits that display the evolution and history of timekeeping, clocks from other countries like Europe, the development of quartz, the history of Seiko itself and much more. It also displays ground-breaking timepieces, such as Japan’s first alarm clock, wristwatch called 1913 Laurel, and the world’s first quartz watch.
• Glashutte’s German Watch Museum
Glashutte serves as the base for Germany’s watch-making industry that deals in several luxury brands including Tourneau, Swatch, and Glashütte Original. It is also where the famous Watch Museum is located. This quiet little town sees many visitors each year, who embark upon the journey to learn everything from the techniques of watch manufacturing to the lives of the people responsible for this industry’s success in the locality. The collection here has some of the premier luxury watches made in the 19th and early 20th century.
After visiting these places, if you feel encouraged to add a few classics to your collection, search for the latest watches for men and women online to find a variety of classy watches.