Pendant Watch by Baltasar de Paep

Anvers (Antwerp), c. 1600

Originally, small timepieces would be used as ornaments rather than timekeepers. The gilt and embellished case of this watch exhibits an inlay of ground rock crystals on both covers and a bezel set in a wreath of semi-precious gems of different colours. Such watches were not worn inside a pocket but were hung visibly around the neck from a chain. An hour hand was sufficient for reading the time, since rate precision was as yet minimal.

Inv. K-0458