Ever since one of the premier Nuremberg clockmakers Peter Henlein invented his 'taschenuhr', or 'clock-watch', an ornamental time piece worn as a pendant, the time has been worn on the body as a practical accessory. Miniature timepieces were made possible by the invention of the 'mainspring', a spiral of metal ribbon that stores the energy from the winding mechanism and turns the watch's wheels as it unwinds. This system was used for keeping time for centuries, until the invention of the quartz watch in the 1960s, providing a radical departure for the watch industry as small batteries powered a vibrating quartz crystal. This was referred to by the mechanical watchmakers as the 'quartz crisis'!
The world's first wristwatch is more difficult to pin down. Some say the first was by Abraham-Louis Breguet for the Queen of Naples in 1810, whilst others say the concept goes back to Elizabethan England, where the famous queen received an 'arm watch' from Robert Dudley in 1571. Whatever the beginnings, the popularity of wristwatches continues today, with the launch of Apple's 'iWatch', and we're very excited about what the future holds!
PROFESSIONALS IN TIME, THE WATCH HOSPITAL has over 200 years collective experience and are honourable members of the British Watch and Clock Makers Guild