Watch Collection

Most of us collect something; we have the inherent desire to accumulate stuffs that give us pleasure, evoke emotion and store sweet memories.

At Umaid Bhavan Palace museum, Jodhpur, you will find the display of an elite range of items belonging to the Maharaja and the imperial family. It is the remarkable collection of clocks and watches that fascinated me the most. There are clocks and watches of all shapes and sizes.

Some facts: The earliest mechanical clocks were developed in Europe, as early as thirteenth century. But those were only for the large establishments. In the next two centuries the size had reduced and the clocks adorned the houses of wealthy. With the development of spring driven mechanism for the clocks miniaturization of the timekeepers was possible.

The first watches are believed to have been produced by Peter Heinlein of Nuremburg in the 1500s. Soon pocket watches and pendant watches were a rage among the wealthy.

At Umaid Palace there is one, which is tiny enough to fit into a finger ring.

If only collecting watches was like collecting time…

I wish all my readers A Very Happy and Safe 2009!

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30 Responses

  1. thyme says:

    A happy new year to you too 🙂

  2. alicesg says:

    Wow very beautiful collection of timepieces. It reminded me of my first visit to Beijing China, the clock musuem. They have very beautiful and antique timepieces. The one that really attracted me was a clockworkman inside the clock writting a chinese calligraphy. I like to visit again.

    Happy New Year to you and your family.

  3. Fida says:

    Isn’t that a coincidence (if there is such a thing at all). I just had a phone call with my friends back in Switzerland. They own a watch factory and he told me that they sold an amazingly amount of very expensive watches this year, but not much of the less expensive ones. The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer – it’s obviously a very sad fact.
    Thanks for the great information.
    I wish you and your family a wonderful 2009. May your wishes come true!

  4. So beautiful! And I just love the last thought –

    “If only collecting watches was like collecting time…”

  5. Aviral says:

    The watch in the ring is the most beautiful.

  6. Aviral says:

    A very happy new year to you and your family

  7. Michelle says:

    I love the one on the plate. My grandma had the same china pattern! 🙂

  8. Lakshmi says:

    I love all of them..always had this fascination for antique clocks and watches..but they are so expensive..wish you a very happy 2009

  9. magiceye says:


  10. Lovely collection !!! I remember on particular watch caught the fancy of us three brothers when we were young. Its in Hyderabad in the Salarjung Museum of the Nawab… where a man comes out at every hour to ding the bell….

    It was particularly cool… too bad dont have a pic of it…

  11. OH…I “heart” all of those beautiful pieces. Time truly is intricate regardless of how small.

    Happy New Year to You!!

  12. Gina says:

    Wow, what an amazing collection. Happy New Year!

  13. Vamsee says:

    What a collection!! Good to have you back.
    Hope you had a great holiday. Happy New Year.

  14. Shantanu says:

    A Happy New Year to you! Very interesting pics of the watch/clock collection. Doesn’t the Salarjung museum in Hyderabad have a large collection too?

  15. Lorina says:

    Wow.. great pieces.. there beautiful.

  16. Aileni says:

    There are so many ‘time’ remarks hovering in my head – but I shall spare you and merely look forward in Time and Wish you a Good New Year !

  17. Thanks for sharing these with those of us who will probably never get to see them in person. All the best in 09!

  18. lisaschaos says:

    How appropriate to have clocks right now. 🙂 I LOVE the train ones! And that tiny butterfly – I think I may have had a ring watch once upon a time. 🙂

  19. Amazing collection…I have never seen in my life such kind of watches….

  20. GMG says:

    Hi Indrani! I see that you survived the food and the champagne, and entered 2009 in great shape! ;))
    The collection looks marvelous. One day I’ll visit Jodhpur…

    Meanwhile Blogtrotter will be posting on Delhi the next weeks; lots to see… Hope you like it and wish you a great weekend!

  21. Steph says:

    Those are really neat.
    Happy New year to you too!

  22. Onkar says:

    Beautiful pictures and very rich narrative.

  23. Happy New Year 🙂

    that watch that fits in a ring is amazing. Must take a steady hand to assemble…

    Good story and very fitting when entering the new year:-)


  24. Leon Basin says:

    Thank you! Watches are awesome…

  25. Kat says:

    Very nice photographs. The little clocks and watches look great.

  26. Hilary says:

    A lovely collection of time pieces. And how fitting as your blog is a wonderful place to pass some time.

  27. ArtSparker says:

    A friend sent me a link to these very large clockwork-like machines which have no use, but are very beautiful. there are videos for each one, you might enjoy them

  28. Happy New Year to you and yours, Indrani!

    What a delightful way to watch time go by

  29. Liked the one with the butterfly.. looks cute and elegant..

    Happy New Year to you and your family…

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