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Timepieces of different kinds have been manufactured for centuries. Both for measuring time and for their aesthetic appeal. Watch making took off in the 1600s and evolved with many new technological improvements. The required level of accuracy was high as they often would be used for scientific research. A major breakthrough was the invention of the pendulum in the mid -1600s . Pocket watches and travel clocks were indicators of high social standing. In addition to the advanced mechanisms much effort was put into designing beautiful cases of metal and wood. During the 20th century wristwatches revolutionized the market with new technologies and design.

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