The American Clock & Watch Museum located on 100 Maple Street in Bristol has announced the opening of its latest exhibition Art Deco Timepieces: Treasures of the Jazz Age. This exhibit will be on view through December 8, 2013.
In the 1920’s after the “war to end all wars”, with prosperity on the horizon, people wanted to sport their fashions. Watchmakers were not left behind in this fashion craze that saw the introduction of wristwatches with cushion, tonneau, and large curved cases. Today, vintage art deco watches of the 1920’s and 1930’s are highly sought after by collectors and some of today’s large watch houses have replicated them because of their style and elegant look.
If you are an admirer of anything Art Deco, this is a must see exhibition that is a celebration of their triumph, the ‘Golden Age’ of timepieces and design. The exhibit that has been guest curated by Strickland Vintage Watches of Tampa showcases vintage watches and celebrates the design elements portrayed in the timepieces and advertisements of the 1920s and 1930s.
The global phenomenon of Art Deco was brilliant, pervasive, and influential. It was a class distinction that rose above class and could be found on the wrists and in the pockets of anyone during that golden era. Watch manufacturers — specifically the great American watch houses — produced exquisite and attainable examples of Art Deco mastery. Art Deco design exudes sophistication and grace whether it’s portrayed in furniture, fine art, clothing styles, advertising, or timepieces. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through December 8.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN CLOCK AND WATCH MUSEUM
Learn about American clock & watchmaking with particular emphasis on Connecticut, once the clock capital of the US. The museum holds one of the largest displays of American clocks and watches in the world, over 5,500! As visitors travel through the museum’s eight galleries, these timekeeping devices chime and strike upon the hour. Located in the historic “Federal Hill” district of Bristol, the museum is housed in an 1801 Federal-style home with a sundial garden. For more information www.clockandwatchmuseum.org.