‘The Beauty of Time’

Timepieces are examined as works of art as well as cultural barometers in the new book “The Beauty of Time,” by Dominique Fléchon and François Chaille.

“Each timepiece was selected to represent the intellectual and artistic currents of a period,” Mr. Fléchon wrote in an email that was translated from French by Grégory Gardinetti, the expert and historian in watchmaking at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, a partner in the book’s publication. (Flammarion published it in Europe in January; the North American version is to be released March 6.)

Contemporaneous artworks are interspersed among the images of clocks and watches, selected from the Middle Ages to modern times, to “show the evolution of tastes,” Mr. Fléchon said. Here are a few examples:

A reproduction of the Astrarium clock that was made by Giovanni de’ Dondi between 1348 and 1364.Credit…Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

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