"Jewels of Time" in Tyler Present Rare, Lavish Timepieces

If you're looking for something to pass the time this coming weekend, how about the "past" of time?

Dozens of bejeweled and ornate watches will be on display at the Tyler Museum of Art starting Friday.

"The Jewels of Time" exhibit features timepieces that span several hundred years-- from when watches were only owned by the rich toward more recent times when they became more precise and more affordable. In the eighteenth century, watches were not only encrusted in beautiful precious stones and what they were stored in was equally lavish.

Ken Tomio, TMA Curator: "These watches were protected by another case, and what you see down here, are real gemstones, diamonds, agate, other precious stones, that is the case for the watch."

The traveling collection is 81 pieces, the entire collection is about 275 watches.

Tomio: "This is the first museum these pieces are going to. After this, these pieces are going to Europe."

All the pieces were collected by brothers Thomas and Frederick Proctor back in the late 1800's through early 1900's and are kept at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, New York.

"The Jewels of Time" exhibit runs from Friday, Sept. 27, to January 12, 2003 at the Tyler Museum of Art. That's at 1300 South Mahon on the East side of the Tyler Junior College campus.

For more information, click on the Museum link on the right hand side of this page.