Abraham-Louis Breguet: The English Connection
From 12 September 2023, a new display in the Clockmakers' Museum, Abraham-Louis Breguet: The English Connection, will showcase extraordinary clocks and watches designed by inventor, watchmaker and style icon Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747–1823). The objects include an exceptionally rare gold four-minute tourbillon watch made for King George III in 1808, who had a great interest in the sciences and was known to take timepieces apart to understand their workings. Breguet's master craftsmanship in the field of watchmaking earned him a prestigious clientele that included Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, alongside other international nobility, and the elegance and technical innovations of his designs were considered the height of style and fashion. His English clients read as a who's who of Georgian Britain, and during the late 1700s, he visited London several times, becoming friends with one of the country's finest chronometer makers, John Arnold, and later recruited English craftsmen to work for him in France. Abraham-Louis Breguet: The English Connection offers an unmissable chance to view these rare objects up close, and to appreciate the craftsmanship of a true genius.
Science Museum Lates
Throughout the year the Science Museum holds its 'Lates' - evening events where visitors are welcome to explore the museum in a different light, themed around a particular subject. when the themes relate to the art and science of clockmaking, we like to get in on the action!
Get hands on in the Museum with our handling collection. Learn about the technology behind clocks and watches, and discover some of the stories they hold. Run in conjunction with the Science Museum, these volunteer-led drop-in sessions last for three hours on a variety of dates. Please follow the link to the Science Museum to find out when.