Marie Antoinette's Watch
Take a look at this interesting BBC programme by Nicholas Parsons, who has had a life-long love affair with clocks & watches.
Parsons traces the history of one of the greatest 18th centuy clock & watchmakers, Abraham Louis Breguet, and his commission to create a watch for the tragic French Queen Marie Antoinette. Stolen in the 1980s before resurfacing a few years ago, the rock crystal pocket watch Breguet created has been called the most famous and expensive watch in history.
To watch the programme click here to go to BBC IPlayer and watch the full video
Art Antiques London: June 24-30, 2016
Once again Raffety exhibited very successfully at Haugthon's Art Antiques London Fair. The fair takes place annually in a purpose-built pavilion next to the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens.
Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and discerning visitors from all over the world, who can buy with confidence at this strictly vetted, sumptuous summer showcase for the Arts.
The Fair ran from June 24th to June 30th, 2016. We hope to return to the fair in 2017. If you would like tickets for the 2017 fair please email us!
Clockmakers' Museum at the Science Museum
The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' impressive collection of horological treasures has been successfully moved to the Science Museum in South Kensington. The Science Museum have done an incredible job re-intepreting the collection and particularly bringing out the stories of the people behind the clockmaking revolution in 17th and 18th century Britian.
This is a wonderful addition to London's horological treasures and well worth a visit. The new gallery is now open to the public.
* photo copyright The Science Museum
Discovering Clocks - read our blog!
Read and follow our blog Discovering Clocks on Wordpress. Discover the history and stories behind clocks, clockmakers and clockmaking in Britain. Here you will find interesting articles on all aspects of English horology, including information on barometers and chronometers, as well as English furniture, placed into historical context.
You can read our latest contribution, on wall clocks by clicking here.