The history of watch making is as fascinating and diverse as the incredible range of quality timepieces that are available today. The common wristwatch has come a long way since its origins not too long ago.

Watches are unique in that they combine astonishing technological and scientific achievement, with the inspired techniques of visual art and design. Innovation and art meet in a good watch, and they’re so much more to us than just a way of checking the time.

A long history within Europe has been poured into the watches that we see available today, particularly of course in Switzerland. Horology is a field with a continued commitment to technology and art, and has always looked towards the future, hence the huge number of inventive leaps that have occurred over past generations.

Horology and timekeeping date back many many years, although the wristwatches that we most commonly own today mainly developed over the past hundred or so years. This was when the timekeeping parts and movements began to be capable of being produced both in small physical size, and in large numbers. The days of mass production saw the watch become an item that many more people could own, when previously the privilege had been reserved for only the few.

As well as the huge range of scientific and technological, as well as industrial, advancements that took place in the 20th century, the arts and design industries also moved forward significantly. This meant that the various disciplines of fashion and design combined with the technological arts to create watches that are utterly innovative.

Watches have become such integral parts of our lives today that it’s hard to imagine life without them. Whether you’re a connoisseur of timepieces and love to collect and admire excellent examples of the discipline, or if you’re more a lover of fashion and consider your watch an object of art, there are more choices available to you now than ever when buying a watch. The watch is a functional timekeeping object, a work of art, and sometimes even a status symbol.

When you look at some of the major companies producing watches still to this day, you will see organisations that have contributed in many cases to the development of watch making and timekeeping science. These are places where a continued commitment to progression and innovation meets a passion for visual style, and where people understand the joy that technology and creativity can give any of us.