The Illustrious History Of The WatchFiled under: Business Services;
We all probably own one, and even if we don’t, we still look to it on our smartphone lock screens. It is, of course, the humble watch; an invention that has become so commonplace that most do not even give it a second thought when they strap on their own wristwatch each morning. Although these days the use of the watch has been replaced by the convenient display of the time on your smartphone, watches still continue to remain relevant, if not as a timekeeper, then as a statement piece of personal wear.
The history of the watch itself pans several centuries. Although the modern watch is a symbol of technological advancement and precision craftsmanship, it is a far cry from its first origins.
The history of the portable watch itself is far longer than most people assume. In fact, the first portable timepieces could very well date back to the Roman era, where sundials were made to a size where it could be carried on your person.
History of the modern watch
Peter Henlein, a German clockmaker, is usually accredited with the invention of the first modern watch, in the 1400’s. Although it was more of a portable clock than a watch, it is still considered the first important step in the right direction to the development of the modern watch.
These mechanical watches later developed overtime to give birth to what we know in history as the pocket watch. These became a popular accessory more so for their fashionable appearance rather than to actually use to tell the time. It became a symbol of wealth and nobility at the time, mostly due to the fact that it was usually gold plated and could not be afforded by the lower classes.
The development of mechanical watches also led to the use of watches in scientific mechanisms, beyond that of mere personal use.
The modern watch, with its intricate movements and mechanism is a result of the development of the modern wristwatch, thought to have been created by the infamous Breguet, whose watch company, bearing the same name, still manufactures wristwatches today. However, luxury watches of the modern day have come a long way since that invention. The movements are far more superior, and the time itself is leaps and bounds more accurate than was seen in its predecessors.
The watch repair in Singapore itself had become highly important due to the intricacy of modern watches. It takes hours of patience and attention to intricate detail to be able to handle the repairing of a modern watch.
All in all, it is possible that the modern watch no longer serves its intended purpose of timekeeping. However, its resilience through history and symbolic nature means that it will be around for decades to come.