If clock books can enrich the theoretical knowledge of antique clock collectors, then the physical display in the clock museum is a good opportunity for collectors to appreciate antique clocks up close. Famous watch museums include both large national museums and famous personal collections.
The Beijing Palace Museum is one of the few comprehensive royal museums in the world, and among them, the Clock Museum houses some exquisite clocks and watches exhibited by the Qing Dynasty royal family. The more than 1,000 watches and clocks existing in the Beijing Palace Museum are mainly the products of the 18th to early 20th century, and this period is the golden period in the history of the development of watches and clocks. Many different characteristics of clocks made specifically for China. The appearance of the bells is mostly architectural styles such as pavilions, platforms, buildings, pavilions, and towers, or decorated with animal styles; the materials selected are gold-plated bronze, gold-plated enamel, and precious diamonds and agate Wait. In addition to the gorgeous and unique design, the interior of many clocks makes full use of mechanical linkage mechanisms and devices to form dynamic things such as ‘water law’, ‘turn flowers’, ‘running people’, and ‘beasts.’ It can be said that each clock is not only a practical timing tool, but also a mechanical device with a high level of craftsmanship and pleasing viewing. In addition, many of the watches collected in the Forbidden City also have decorative appearances and sophisticated mechanical movements. It can be seen that the watches and clocks collected by the Forbidden City have extremely important technical, aesthetic and cultural values, and are indeed a huge treasure house in the world of watch and clock collection. In addition, the British Museum, the Louvre Museum and other large museums also have collections of watch themes.
The Patek Philippe Watch Museum, located in Geneva, Switzerland, is a museum built by Patek Philippe’s current president, Mr. Philippe Stern, based on decades of accumulation. Today it has become the world’s largest private watch museum. About 2,000 watches and clocks are displayed in this museum, and there are more than 400 traditional tools and equipment used by watchmakers. The Patek Philippe Museum gathers various types of clocks and watches (including table clocks, pocket watches, watches, etc.), enamel paintings, and more than 4,000 books and literature since the 16th century. The museum building has four floors, and each floor has a display area for different themed collections: the first floor is a display area for repair workshops, clock making tools, etc .; the second floor is a display area for watches and clocks made by Patek Philippe; the third floor is 16-19th century Europe Antique clocks, enamel paintings and automatic puppets; the fourth floor is the library and Patek Philippe’s historical archives display area.
Of course, the Musée International d’horlogerie, located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, is also a place that many watch enthusiasts would like to visit. It displays various timers in a huge exhibition area, including not only the early sundial but also Includes clocks from the 16th-20th century. In addition, the Musée de l’horlogerie et de l’émaillerie in Geneva, the Musée d’Horlogerie in Le Locle, and the Espace horloger de la Vallée de in Le Santille Joux) and others have watch displays on different topics. There are also many watch manufacturers in Switzerland, such as the company museums established by Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, Parmigiani, Girard Perregaux, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, etc., which show the classics of various brands.