The Beyer Watch

The design of this watch emulates the giant timepiece that hangs outside the Beyer shop. It has served as a trademark for decades, and can be seen from a long way off on the Bahnhofstrasse.

Portrait Museum

The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum is housed in Zurich's most prestigious shopping district, situated in the very heart of the city, in the premises of the Beyer watch store. The exhibition comprises some 300 pieces from all fields of chronology, which are examined in technical and scientific terms as well as from an art-history point of view. The museum is home to one of the most important horological collections in the world. It recounts the complete history of timekeeping from 1400 BC to the present day.

The exhibition comprises rare and precious exhibits such as shadow sticks, sundials, oil-lamp clocks, hourglasses, water clocks, grandfather clocks, table clocks, pocket watches, wrist-watches and scientific instruments for timekeeping and marine navigation. Historical masterpieces that are rarely set running because of their fragile mechanics come to life in enthralling video clips. The exhibition is constantly being expanded and is widely regarded as one of the most important horological collections in the world. Be sure not to miss a visit!


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Museum panoroma

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Enchanting automata in motion

Beyer’s Clock and Watch Museum houses around 15 extremely rare automata, which have only seldom been put into operation due to their in part extremely fragile mechanism. Now, however, all museum visitors can admire these beautiful mechanical masterpieces in motion, thanks to various film clips shown on a display screen.

Renaissance Automaton Table Clock “Griffin”

Large singing bird cage, around 1780, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Jaquet-Droz and Henri Maillardet

Pocket Watch with Automaton Scene "Fountain"