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London's watches 'highly regarded in 18th and 19th centuries'

Article posted on 2010-10-27 15:39:33

An expert has hailed the quality of London's watches in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Connoisseurs of traditional watches have been reminded that London was once a highly regarded timepiece producer.

According to the British Museum, the UK capital used to have a "fantastic" reputation in the world of men's and ladies' watches.

Indeed, spokesman David Thompson stated that back in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was viewed as the "world centre of horology".

Speaking to Forbes, he said it was held in such high esteem that "watchmakers in Switzerland and Germany were writing London on their watches, because that's what sold".

The news provider added that during this era, glamorous watches were the equivalent of a private jet or sports car in today's world.

"Watches were the ultimate high-tech bauble," it commented.

However, Shortlist.com did recently note that watches remain an obsession for many men, along with cars and football.

The publication said this is because they tend to increase in value over time.

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