Day 1 (Afternoon Part 2 of 3) to L.U.CEUM
L.U.CEUM is name given with some thoughts. Instead
of just calling it a L.U.C Museum, L.U.CEUM is coined to reflect the
connection of the founder, Louis Ulysse Chopard, the Manufactory and
It houses over 50 masterpieces of previous master-watchmakers collected by Mr Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
Upon entering the L.U.CEUM ...
An Oil Lamp Clock from 19th Century.
Ms Ann Walther, the Curator of L.U.CEUM
Pierre Debombourg Universal Sundial circa 1700
Ms Ann Walther guiding us along and explain each timepiece...
An unidentified clock, only marked with an initial 'B'. Initial guess, should before year 1550.
The interesting feature, it contained a brass fusee and chain.
A huge coach watch (or a large pocket watch) of diameter 123mm by Johann Sebastian Heckel, circa 1750.
The dial is of enamel, hands gold-plated brass. The inner most dial is for alarm setting!
By pulling the cord, it will set the quarter-hour repetition.
Another coach watch, smaller diameter of 103mm by Ignatzi Magele, Augsburg, circa 1750 too.
Alarm time could be set too by inserting onto the square bolt between the "3" & "4".
Sun, Moon & Stars in Pocket Watch by Jacob Auch, Vaihingen, circa 1798
Case diameter of 70mm and 34.5mm thick.
Above is the front side with an enamel dial.
Hour-hand in the centre. Half-side represent daytime in red numerals and the other night time.
Subdial at top-upper quadrant is for minute, right quadrant for second, the bottom quadrant for date and the last
one is obviously for month.
The reverse side, dial is blue enamel with 12 zodiac signs and the ecliptic.
A minimalist Breguet "Souscription" watch.
One ultimate pocketwatch which impressed even master watchmakers like Ferdinand Bethoud and Jean-Baptiste Le Roy.
The timepiece was by Pierre-Laurent Gautrin & Fils, Paris, 1798 and it consisted only ONE wheel.
Current Lunar One
A pair of the 58mm Bovet watches with enamel-painted two doves on a bed of roses, Circa 1845 for the China market.
Decorated with pearls around the perimeter of the 18K gold case.
Dials are of enamel and the movement is jumping second!
The reverse side with movement exposed.
Why were sold in a pair?
Speculated could be due to Chinese belief in Yin-Yang, harmony and balance. Could even for as backup.
Another set with two doves on a green background.
By Charles-Ulysse Chopard (not related to Louis Ulysse Chopard) circa 1900, case made of Tula silver
The reverse side.
Harmonia Macrocosmica, constellation maps by Andreas Cellarius...
A sculpture should by renowned Belgian artist, Jean-Michel Folon (1934-2005)
A first reliable chronometer by Pierre-Louis Berthoud, nephew or cousin of Ferdinand Berthoud, circa 1801.
A clock by Ferdinand Berthoud's (1707 - 1807).
A chronometer by Charles-Auguste Berthoud, Paris, circa 1850.
Equation of Time by L.G. Blondeau, Paris circa 1831.
Thermometer at the pendulum's bob.
By John Roger Arnold and Charles Frodsham, London after 1855.
A German pocketwatch by Julius Assmann, Glashutte in Saxony, circa 1890.
A pocketwatch by Ulysse Nardin, circa 1915 with pulsometer.
Omega pocketwatch with tachometer in kilometers per hour, circa 1920.
The reverse side.
Ms Ann Walther
Before leaving the L.U.CEUM, CEO and ex-Chopard Moderator, MTF left a time-stamp in the guestbook.
Next, refreshment before returning for hotel ....