Among timepieces, pendulum clocks are some of the most magnificent and beautiful of all. For centuries they have been the symbol of their owners’ social status and wealth. In the past, each room in a French castle had its own pendulum clock. Precious European pendulum clocks also graced the splendid residences of the tsars of Russia.
Since the 17th century pendulum clocks have been manufactured in Switzerland following the French style. The Swiss created the masterful brass fretwork and engravings that embellished the French-inspired cabinets. Swiss pendulum clocks enjoyed increasing popularity throughout the 18th century. Renowned Swiss clock-makers sold their clocks to the nobility in France.
There is a very wide range of pendulum clocks crafted by Swiss clock-makers. The shape of the case was adapted to each region, while the cabinet architecture broadly followed the French model. The most popular and widespread model is the Louis XV Neuchatel clock created in 1780.
Palais Royal clocks are perfectly detailed reproductions of famous models. Parts, cabinets and decoration are all painstakingly and lavishly handcrafted.