Christie’s To Launch Online History Of Watches Course In September

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Discover the development of mechanisms, trends and more

Christie’s Education is introducing a new online course, History of Watches: 1700 to Now, which begins on September 17 for five weeks. The course, which costs US$1,500 (AED5,508), is a video-based programme, with one instalment released each week. It will look at the development of the watch, from pocket watches to today’s timepieces.

The course will also reveal how mechanical watches function, and discusses in detail the brands and designers who have made it such an object of desire. Dr Andrew Hildreth is the writer and presenter – an independent watch consultant, who has written for a range of magazines, and is a liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.

A trailer for the course can be viewed here:


Each episode will carry a specific theme: understanding the development and function of the watch mechanism; the design of the wristwatch across the 20th century; significant watch brands; the Quartz Crisis and the rise of craft; and the market for vintage watches.

Interviews to be featured include Emmanuel Breguet of Breguet, Pascale Lepeu of Cartier, Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey, and Richard Mille. Various designers and historians will also be included.

Registration is now open – head to the website below and click on ‘Online Courses’. There are November, January and April start dates too.

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