Watch­mak­ing at its Best

Cel­e­brates the 65th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween Switzer­land and China with a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of time­pieces in Bei­jing

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Vacheron Con­stantin

An elab­o­rately en­graved pocket watch from 1690, a golden cage with three singing birds and strik­ing watch from 1814, and a 200-year-old dec­o­ra­tive box with an au­tom­a­ton are among the high­lights of a 350-piece ex­hi­bi­tion that watch­maker Vacheron Con­stantin is or­gan­is­ing at Bei­jing’s Cap­i­tal Mu­seum, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Geneva Mu­seum of Art and His­tory (MAH).

The ex­hi­bi­tion, Geneva at the Heart of Time: The Ori­gin of Swiss Watch­mak­ing Cul­ture, runs from April 24 through Au­gust 12. It fea­tures the watch­mak­ing and enam­elling col­lec­tions of the MAH, con­sid­ered to be one of the most im­por­tant watch and clock col­lec­tions in the world.

The lineup in­cludes ex­clu­sive her­itage pieces from Vacheron Con­stantin’s col­lec­tion. The un­in­ter­rupted ac­tiv­ity of the man­u­fac­ture since 1755 makes it one of the ma­jor play­ers in the his­tory of watch­mak­ing, and the wealth and ex­haus­tive­ness of the com­pany’s col­lec­tion round out the re­mark­able se­lec­tion from the MAH.

Time­pieces, as well as ob­jets d’art, ma­chin­ery and watch­mak­ing equip­ment, will be pre­sented in a 14,000sqft space de­signed specif­i­cally for the oc­ca­sion. It’s in­spired by a paint­ing of an 18th-cen­tury Geneva cab­inotiers work­shop by Christophe François von Ziegler, also housed in the MAH. All the ob­jects pre­sented trace the his­tory and the ex­cel­lence of Swiss watch­mak­ing that has earned the city of Geneva its en­dur­ing

FINE TREA­SURE This three-com­part­ment box with watch and au­tom­a­ton dates back to 1800

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