In the world of horology, the name Andre Romain Guilmet (French, active nineteenth century) is associated with the so-called “mystery clocks,” in which a pendulum moved back and forth with no obvious impulse to keep it going. One such Guilmet mystery clock (French, ca. 1880) in the collection of the British Museum is notable in that it has a glass dial that reveals the mechanism’s “mysterious” operation. Our handsome watch is based on the original late nineteenth-century clock.
This watch is powered by automatic movement, which means that the watch is wound automatically by the natural motion of the wearer’s arm.
Produced in cooperation with the British Museum.
18K gold over stainless steel. Black leather band. Automatic movement. Case: 2'' diam.; Band: 9''L. Water resistant.
- 18K gold over stainless steel
- Black leather band
- Powered by automatic movement
- Band: 9''LCase: 2'' diam.
- Water resistant
Art HistoryKnown for his innovative “mystery clocks,” Andre Romain Guilmet (French, active nineteenth century) was granted a French patent for his invention in 1867, which was modified in 1872. His popular clocks, in which a pendulum moved back and forth with no obvious impulse to keep it going, were displayed at major international fairs including the 1878 Paris Exposition. To this day, these clocks fascinate those unfamiliar with how they work.