Swiss time in beijing

Updated: 2015-05-08 07:46

By Wang Kaihao(China Daily)

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Swiss time in beijing

A master craftsman demonstrates watchmaking skills for visitors to the exhibition. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Capital Museum opens one of its exhibition halls to display of some of the world's finest watches. Wang Kaihao takes a look.

The sound of ticking watches rings through an exhibition hall in the Capital Museum in Beijing.

Several robots re-create scenes from a 17th-century Genevan watchmaking workshop.

One of the most important exhibitions for the museum this year, Geneva at the Heart of Time - The Origin of Swiss Watchmaking Culture, finally opened to the public in April, as part of celebrations for 65 years of diplomatic ties between Switzerland and the People's Republic of China.

The exhibition is a collaboration with the Geneva Museum of Art and History and Vacheron Constantin, the world's oldest watchmaker still in operation. About 350 of the exhibits include antiques clocks, pocket watches and wristwatches, as well as watchmaking tools and equipment. And the exhibition is categorized under three sections - "history, watchmaker and artistic craft".

"For the Chinese public, watches still represent the country whose population is less than half of Beijing," says Guo Xiaoling, director of the Capital Museum. He is excited to have the first Swiss horological exhibition in the museum's history.

"But a watch is only a window to nurture deeper interests among Chinese people to get to know more about Switzerland, which leads the world in many other aspects. Chinese visitors will also learn about the Swiss spirit represented by these delicate watches."

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