Penn's Provost by day, Robert Barchi studies and restores antique watches and clocks in his spare time. Provost Barchi, also Penn Medicine professor of neuroscience and neurology, will discuss the evolution of the pocket watch, particularly in 16th and 17th-century England, with an emphasis on both the decoration and the mechanical design of these fascinating machines.
Links of Interest:
An on-line museum devoted to clocks and watches from the 19th and 20th centuries.
A storehouse of knowledge about time and the telling of it, from the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
The advent of the quartz watch marked a significant advance in the quest to increase the accuracy and availability of timepieces.
The development of watches did more than allow people to get to meetings on time, it allowed for the advent of modern navigation.
Founded upon collections assembled over more than a century, this museum of art and horology collects, preserves and presents two quite different, but complementary, themes: the changing artistic tastes and achievements of local people and the development of timekeeping in Britain, Europe and America.
Find out a little about the history of pocket watches, and pocket watch companies.