Lyre clock, called pendule mouvante

Lyre clock, called pendule mouvante
Hubert Sarton
Liège, Belgium
About 1784
White marble, gilded brass ; H.64 cm

In the second half of the 18th century, Europe was swept by enthusiasm for clock-making. The quest for total precision, a mark of progress, was almost an obsession. A man of his time, Hubet Sarton of Liège was an ingenious clock mechanic who specialized in the production of absolutely perfect clockworks. He is reponsible for the creation of the first automatic rotor watch (wrongly attributed to the Swiss Perrelet), as well as a multitude of watches and astonomical clocks with multiple dials, regulator clocks and cartel clocks of various types. This elegant lyre clock can be wound once a week without interrupting its movement, a unique feature made possible by an additional backup balance that allows the mechanism's action to continue during winding - a technical innovation that guaranteed accuracy.


Discover this masterpiece in the gallery Precision instruments, on the online museum catalogue Carmentis  and in the book Masterpieces of the Cinquantenaire Museum.