Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich
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Counting the Minutes
There's something inherently holiday-esque about old watches and clocks. Maybe it's the gilding or maybe it's the ringing chimes that sing out when they're put in motion. One of the pleasures of visiting the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum in Zurich while on your Christmas Market Tour is the fact that you can watch some of the world's rarest Renaissance-era automatic clocks in motion through videos of these beautiful clocks adjacent to the display. We love the golden griffin who beats his wings and opens his jaws when the hour strikes. There are over 250 timepieces on display here and not all are ancient and covered in gold. The museum also houses a quartz watch that is connected to an atomic clock in Neuchâtel and is accurate to within a millionth of a second as well as the world’s smallest wristwatch with a calendar mechanism, which was featured in the 1989 Guinness Book of Records. Beyer has sold and repaired watches since 1760 and it's still a family business. The shop sells all the best brands and has just opened a new Patek Philippe boutique next to the main shop and museum. For more on experiencing the best of Switzerland on a winter visit, check out the Holiday Spirit itinerary, created by Judy Perl of Judy Perl Worldwide Travel, on AFAR Journeys.
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