Who gave the watch virus to the Chinese?


October 2019

Who gave the watch virus to the Chinese?

How did the watch achieve such an exalted status in the country? Answering this question also raises some questions about the future of this strong symbol in Chinese culture. On this fantastic journey, we meet everyone from Jesuit missionaries to Val-de-Travers artisans.


esterners are always very curious about the reasons for the watch’s high popularity in China,” exclaims David Chang, a Beijing-based watch expert and member of the GPHG jury, when asked this question. “China is a multi-millennial civilisation, which had exchanges with the West very early on,” he continues. “Astronomical calculation was an art mastered by the scientists of the Imperial Palace long ago.”

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