Historical Horology: Pocket Watches For The Chinese Market

Posted on 27 January 2013 by Patrick Kansa

 

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Alright, welcome to this Sunday’s edition of Historical Horology (well, that’s the name I’m giving it for now).  Today, we’ll be having a look at a writeup on some rather interesting antique pocketwatches that were designed specifically for the Chinese market.

Now, in this day and age, designing a watch for a specific market (be it Europe, Asia, or the US of A) is not that much of a surprise – plenty of industries do this, not just watchmakers.  And frankly, Asia today definitely seems to be driving a lot of what is being built these days, due to that region’s appreciation of fine watches.

What makes this more intriguing is that it’s not from our current day, but actually from the mid-19th Century – not exactly the hotbed of a global economy that we see today.  Another interesting facet to this article is that it’s about a collection that one man and his wife built in the 1950s (and they were in the right spot at the right time, that’s for sure).

You’ll definitely want to give this article over at the NYT a read.

* Image sourced from the NYT article

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