Watches - the exhibition catalogue from British Museum available to buy at Museum Bookstore


Regular price £16.95

'David Thompson distils his years of expertise into this historical catalogue illustrated with choicest of examples' -The Good Book Guide

The British Museum holds a fascinating and historically important collection of watches that spans over 500 years. This highly accessible book tells the story of the watch through 77 pieces drawn from the collection.

The book traces the history of the watch from sixteenth-century early stackfreed watches made in south Germany through exquisite decorative watches of the seventeenth century to early examples of electro-mechanical watches and the quartz revolution. It includes pieces by iconic figures such as Thomas Tompion, Abraham Louis Breguet and George Daniels as well as examples of watches by companies such as Longines and Rolex. Beautifully detailed photographs show the cases as well as the movements, even the under-dials of many of the watches. Highly recommended for anyone who loves watches.

  • Author: David Thompson, Former Curator of Horology, British Museum
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Date published: May 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0714151106
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.4 x 1.6 cm