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Beyer Watch Museum Gold Lion BahnhofstrasseThe museum has been closed for renovation but re-opens in November 2012, just in time for the Christmas Season. Along the famed shopping street of Zurich, the Bahnhofstrasse, among the designer stores, you’ll from the store of the Chronometrie Beyer watch company. Frederich Beyer was first recognized as a watchmaker in 1760, a tradition passed through generations from father to son. A hundred years later, Adelrich Beyer, who had been working as a craftsmen for Patek Phillipe in Geneva, returned to Zurich and built the present company. The Beyer watch and jewelry store is one of the prime centers of shopping for exclusive time pieces, now as much a retailer of Switzerland’s well-known brands, Rolex, Chopard, Breitling, Girard-Perregaux, as a manufacturer of their own exclusive designer pieces, but in the basement, below the main display floor you’ll find one of the real jewels of Zurich, the Beyer Clock and Watch Museum.

Baroque Clocks Beyer Watch Museum ZurichHere you can see the personal collection of Theodore Beyer, one of the world’s best private collections of time instruments featuring some 500 exhibits dating from 1400 BC to the present day - royal timepieces, from a magnificent Chinese emerald pagoda clock, matching a twin in the collection of Queen Elizabeth, to ornate gold Baroque time pieces belonging to the kings of France; historic time pieces from ancient Egypt to Swiss clocks with wooden movements; a Germany Renaissance astronomical clock, and Limoges enameled clocks. In one display case is the Rolex watch Sir Edmund Hillary wore on his climb up Mt Everest, and another maritime Rolex designed to withstand the pressure of the Marianas Trench at the bottom of the ocean. The museum is open from 2 pm to 6 pm Monday to Friday. Admission to the museum is 5 CHF. Children under 12 free.

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