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.


The Cosmos – an Enduring Mystery


"The Cosmos – an Enduring Mystery" exhibition at the Museum Rietberg in Zurich
till 31 May 2015

Drawing on 17 different cultures throughout the world, this fascinating exhibition explores how people have concerned themselves with the cosmos since time immemorial. In Europe, the modern conception of the universe was introduced by the French philosopher, René Descartes (1596-1650), who described the cosmos as a large-scale mechanism and the world as the movement of a clock, in which all the components interlock precisely. In this mechanical philosophy, which has prevailed in Europe since the end of the 17th century, clocks, watches and automata are the most important instruments used to explore and understand the world.

The Beyer Clock and Watch Museum has enhanced this exhibition with two planetarium timepieces ‒ a table clock by Jean-André and Nicole-Reine Lepaute and a pocket watch by Jakob Auch. It is worthy of mention that Lepautes’ nephew, astronomer Joseph Lepaute Dagelet (1751–1788), accompanied the French explorer, Lapérouse, on his famous scientific expedition to the Pacific in 1785.

Table clock with planetarium

Find out more about the most famous watch in our Clock and Watch Museum in our customer magazine, beyond (in German only).


Beyer Chronometrie AG
Bahnhofstrasse 31
8001 Zurich - Schweiz
Phone: +41 43 344 63 63
Fax: +41 43 344 63 64

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Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm


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