Exhibition at the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum
In the course of time
By Sebastien Chaulmontet
Prolongation until 20 October
Monday to Friday 2.00pm - 6.00pm
The exhibition is devoted to the history and technical development of the wristwatch chronograph, from its beginnings through to the present day. The chronograph enjoys a special status in the world of sophisticated watchmaking. It is characterised by its complex mechanism and impresses with its strong design, which is instantly recognisable thanks to its pushers and manifold counters and hands. With an ordinary watch, the wearer simply observes time as it passes by; with a chronograph, however, one can determine its fate – by endlessly starting and stopping it, or returning it to zero.
Embedded in the history of their century, some chronographs have become icons. They have accompanied the progress of the motor car, the beginnings of aviation, the conquest of space and the exploration of the oceans. Come and discover models whose design, technology or history have shaped their individual era.
The exhibition is divided into four main themes:
- From the cradle to maturity
- The chronograph with additional functions
- Ebauches SA and the chronograph manufactures
- Style-setting design
With models from Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, Venus, Heuer, Angelus, Record, Bovet, Tissot and other brands, a significant chapter in the history of watchmaking is made visible. This exhibition has been created out of passion – passion for timepieces that clearly set themselves apart from the rest. We look forward to your visit.
Loans to other museums
On loan to:
Free State of Bavaria, represented by the Bavarian State Ministry for Education, Science and the Arts – House of Bavarian History, Augsburg.
Knights, Peasants, Lutherans
Duration: 9 May–5 November 2017
Location: Coburg, Veste Coburg
Knights are fighting their last battles, peasants are rebelling, and the cities are beds of seething unrest. New ideas are being spread and centuries-old beliefs are cast into doubt.
The theme of “Religion, Fellowship, Confessions” examines, among other things, the history of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation from the Diet of Augsburg of 1530 to the Peace of Augsburg in 1555. The astronomical instrument, featuring the Gregorian calendar on the inside of the cover, alludes to the calendar reform of 1582, which had such far-reaching consequences for Augsburg.
The object on loan:
Astronomical and geographical pocket instrument
ca. 1582, Augsburg, Germany, Christoph Schissler (1554–1609)
On loan to:
MIH, International Watchmaking Museum
The Neuchâtel Pendulum Clock: between Art and Mechanics
Duration: 6 May–8 October 2017
Location: MIH, Salle Hans Erni, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Opulent? Austere? Old-fashioned? Legendary? The so-called “Neuchâtel pendulum clock” adorns many apartments, sitting rooms and administrative offices far beyond the cantonal borders. The exhibition relates the history of the Neuchâtel pendulum clock from its beginnings in the 16th century until the present day.
The object on loan:
Neuchâtel pendule Louis XIV
ca. 1720, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Josué Robert
On loan to:
Sasso San Gottardo, Airolo, Ticino
Kristall Wunderkammer (Crystal Chamber of Wonders)
Duration: 24 June–15 October 2017
Location: Gotthard Pass, “Theme World” room
Exhibition on the magic of rock crystals, their beauty and the art of transforming them into decorative objects and jewellery, both in the past and the present. The exhibition is held on the Gotthard Pass, deep down in the underground tunnels and caverns of the former Gotthard fortress, Sasso San Gottardo.
The object on loan:
Late Renaissance clock with rock crystal cover
ca. 1650, Vienna, Austria, Daniel Scheyrer (1582–1662)
Time is not just measured in seconds, minutes, hours and days. It also tells thousands upon thousands of stories and is a highly treasured and precious commodity. For Ingrid Rodewald and Maren Ruben, visual artists from Strasbourg, time as a precious commodity forms the basis and focal theme of their creative research and work. In a special exhibition at the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum, their works were paired with specially selected objects, which in turn tell their own story of “precious time”.
The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum showed works by 16 members of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, AHCI (Horological Academy of Independent Creators) from May 6th to June 6th 2014. This was a unique opportunity to admire the outstanding artistic talents of top independent watchmakers. The AHCI was founded in 1985 to provide a platform for watchmakers who create extraordinary handmade timepieces without being bound to any particular brand.
Some of the members of the AHCI attended the Annual General Meeting at the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum. The idea of an exhibition materialised in the course of a lively conversation with René Beyer. As a result, 16 independent watchmakers have been presenting their innovative designs at the Museum over the period of one month. Among the exhibitors are last year’s winners of the “Grand Prix d’horlogerie de Genève”, Kari Voutilainen, Vianney Halter and Philippe Dufour. Fascinating and unique creations such as a “Mysterieuse Tourbillon”, as well as unconventional works by Miki Eleta and one-of-a-kind watches designed by Vincent Calabrese have been presented.
From 9 May until 5 June, the Museum has been presenting its successful exhibition from the Geneva Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie at the Lichthof in the Credit Suisse building at Paradeplatz. The various timepieces has been displayed in the form of stunning photographs accompanied by informative texts. The exhibition was open to the public and was free of charge.
At this year’s watch trade fair in Geneva, 60 exclusive and rare chronometers from the Beyer Collection, spanning the period from 1550 until 1985, were on show. An exhibition catalogue containing spectacular photographs has been published and is on sale at the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum and major bookstores at a price of CHF 29.--.
Times have changed radically since the Beyer dynasty was founded. And with it, the instruments used to measure it. From 15 April until 30 October 2010, the Watch and Clock Museum Beyer was holding a varied exhibition presenting a foray though 250 years of watch-making history.
At the heart of the exhibition was a 12-minute picture projection, which illustrates in a particularly impressive way how the history of the Beyer family and the history of the Swiss watch have repeatedly instilled each other with life. It also relates the extraordinary circumstances that had led to Beyer Chronometrie this year being able to celebrate its 250th anniversary.
Special exhibition from 1 – 29 February 2008
Timepieces and the measurement of time are actually a serious matter, for each tick and each forward movement of the hands remind us of the transience of time and that we ought to make good use of it. But time measurement also has its playful side, and with this in mind, we searched through our storeroom for some objects that express this lighter aspect.
In the course of our search, all manner of astounding and delightful items came to light, which we presented in the form of a small exhibition within the framework of the “Museum of the Month” programme organised by the Association of Zurich Museums. This exhibition, entitled “Curios from Storeroom and Museum”, included imaginatively shaped housings, fancifully designed clock faces, various time-keeping objects, and clocks and watches that do more than just tell the time.