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Clock watch

Maker:
Movement by Michael Nouwen, or Nouen (Flemish, active London, ca. 1600–10, died 1613)
Date:
ca. 1600–1610
Culture:
British, London
Medium:
Case: gilded brass; Dial: gilded brass with a blued steel hand; Movement: gilded brass and iron
Dimensions:
Diameter: 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm)
Classification:
Horology
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.1549
Not on view
Clock watches are early watches that strike the hours like a clock. They typically have pierced cases so one could hear the striking of the bell, which is attached to the inside of the case. The intricate piercing and engraving of the metalwork makes this watch as much a piece of jewelry or a display piece as it is a timekeeper. Watches of the period, though nearly always technically cutting-edge, were far from accurate and lacked a minute hand.
Signature: On movement: Michael Nouwen / London
Frederick George Hilton Price ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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