Exhibitions in Madrid, Spain for Clocks

Madrid might not have the most competitive watchmaking industry in Europe, but the city boasts one of the most fascinating curios celebrating the history of watchmakers in the city. If you were to head to the Calle de la Sal, adjacent to the iconic Plaza Mayor, you’ll find a century-old clock and watch shop, Antigua Relojeria. It’s certainly a living relic of a grander time as it stood the test of time since its inception in 1880. However, it’s what’s above it that earns the shop a chapter in Madrid's enduring watchmaking legacy. We’re talking about the Salt Street Watchmaker, which is a beloved fixture of the neighborhood. Perched atop the Antigua Relojeria, this automaton, designed by the esteemed Spanish writer and cartoonist Antonio Mingote, brings to life the spirit of Madrid’s timekeeping tradition. At every half-hour, locals and visitors alike gather beneath the balcony to witness the watchmaker diligently tending to his timepiece, accompanied by the melodious strains of Madrid, a traditional zarzuela ode to the city. The watchmaker is the perfect mascot for the Antigua Relojeria, which can be best described as a keeper of Madrid’s rich horological heritage. Renovated in 1939 to specialize in the sale of watches, the store seamlessly blends vintage charm with contemporary elegance, offering patrons a glimpse into the bygone era of 19th-century craftsmanship. Its meticulously curated collection of wall clocks, adorned with ornate wood and glass accents, transports visitors back in time, evoking a sense of nostalgia for Madrid's storied past. Recognized by Madrid’s Chamber of Commerce for its century-old legacy, the store remains a beloved landmark in an ever-evolving cityscape. While some traditional establishments may have closed their doors, the legacy of the Antigua Relojeria lives on, immortalized by its timeless façade and the rhythmic movements of the Salt Street Watchmaker.

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