Every watch lover should indulge in the beauty and watchmaking prowess that Switzerland has to offer. In fact, this cradle of mechanical watchmaking is rich with places to visit to get out of the heat this summer.
It is the country of watch museums – with each one offering a different and unique perspective on time. Watch lovers can travel the country, region by region, and never be at a loss to indulge in the history of timekeeping.
Among the cool picks this year: the Beyer Zurich Clock and Watch Museum, which showcases pieces from all over the world and dating back to clepsydras (water clocks), oil clocks, hour glasses, sundials, long case clocks and scientific/navigational instruments. Located in Zurich it is not to be missed.
Moving off to La Chaux-de-Fonds, a veritable birthplace of watchmaking, one can visit the International Watchmaking Museum for a close-up look at time measurement from the beginning to modern day.
For those more interested in how clocks and watches are made, a visit to the Brodbeck Guilloche Museum offers insight into the use of lathes, rose machines and other tooling to present engine-turned works of art from the 18th to 20th century.
It is in Geneva, though, where a host of museums await the timely traveler. Not only is this city home to the Musée d'art et d'histoire, housing one of the finest horological collections of artistic timepieces in the world, but also Geneva plays home to the Patek Philippe Museum. But sure to reserve at least a few hours to stroll through and view automatons, repeaters, tourbillons and so much more.
Photos: 1) courtesy of Beyer Museum; 2) courtesy of Musee International Horlogerie; 3) courtesy of Beyer Museum; 4) courtesy of Musse d' Art History.