29 Sep '15, 6pm

HODINKEE visited Chopard and found two extremely old, ultra-rare German timepieces in their museum.

This is one of the earliest spring-powered timekeepers ever made. It was probably made in Augsburg (which, along with Nuremberg, was a major center of watchmaking in Germany during the Renaissance) sometime around 1550. At this period, it was uncommon for makers to sign their watches and this one has only the initial B on the movement plate to identify its maker (who is referred to in the L.U.C.EUM catalogue notes as “the Master B.” The case is gilt brass, but the movement is made almost entirely of iron, which is a characteristic feature of early German clockmaking, and partly explains why so few of these clocks have survived. Many of the construction techniques for early clockmaker’s guilds were actually taken from locksmithing and the first clockmaker’s guilds in Europe evolved from the locksmith’s guilds. As you can see, this table clock has no minute hand, and God kno...

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