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Christie's Education announces new online course 'History of Watches: 1700 to Now'
Andrew Hildreth.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Education announced a new online course History of Watches: 1700 to Now, starting on 17 September. This unique five-week video-based programme will introduce the development of watches from their first appearance in the pocket to today’s wristwatches, bringing together science, engineering and incredible artistry. Students will learn the features of the mechanical watch through custom animations, as well as hear first-hand about the development of the industry from prestigious designers and historians. The course introduces the most important and remarkable stories in watchmaking and opens up what might be considered a complicated subject to a general audience.

Ted Sandling, Programme Director of Online Courses, commented: "After the huge success of Christie's Education's online course History of Jewellery: 1880 to Now, it became clear that students from around the world were looking for online courses that could introduce them to the luxury market in a way that was both objective and comprehensive. A History of Watches: 1700 to Now answers that call for the watch enthusiast, introducing them to how watches work, an understanding of their exterior design and the brands that have produced them, as well as looking at the market for vintage watches."

Written and presented by Dr Andrew Hildreth, independent watch consultant, the online course includes exclusive video interviews with Emmanuel Breguet of Breguet, Pascale Lepeu of Cartier, Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey, Richard Mille and collector Eric Ku on Rolex, elaborating on the brands’ inspirations, philosophies and achievements.

Dr Andrew Hildreth remarked: “As I worked on the lectures, I was able to bring together themes and threads in the history of watches, such as how the wristwatch has evolved into the form and shape it holds today. And of course, not just the watch itself, but also how the industry and wearers’ preferences have changed over the past century or so.”

History of Watches: 1700 to Now online course is currently available in English, with a Mandarin subtitled version coming up in 2020. You can find more information on the course and registration details on the Christie’s Education website.

Christie’s Education online courses are produced with stimulating video-based content to provide students with an immersive experience wherever they may be located, making these programmes stand out in the marketplace for online learning. With the introduction of two new online programmes in the academic year 2019–2020, the current portfolio will increase to seven courses offered in English, with selected courses also available in Chinese. Click here for the full list of online courses.

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