Art Deco vs Art Nouveau in Horology

Gene Klodzen

NAWCC Member
Aug 24, 2000
Springfield, Virginia
Art Deco Versus Art Nouveau in Horology: Timekeeping’s Battle Royale in Design

COLUMBIA, PA: Art Deco, or Style Moderne, was a movement in art and design that originated in the 1920s and became popular in Western Europe and the United States in the 1930s. Its stylized look influenced design in many everyday objects, including clocks and watches. At this time of the “new” year, it is apropos that February’s edition of the NAWCC National Watch & Clock Museum LunchTIME presentation feature Museum Collections Assistant Meghan Kennedy as she explores and uncovers the details of the effects of the Art Deco movement in horology, and how its influence differs from that of Art Nouveau and Streamline Moderne. This Art Deco LunchTIME Talk is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at noon at the Museum.

The Art Deco movement focused on decorative arts and architecture in modern day life. The style is characterized by sleek, geometric modern lines to create a simple or streamlined look with man-made materials. Inspiration for the creation of the Art Deco movement came from American Indian, Egyptian, German Bauhaus, Art Nouveau, Cubism, and early Classical sources as well as from nature. The style went out of fashion after World War II, but a resurrection in the late 1960s renewed the public’s fascination with this art style, particularly in the watch industry, where its influence continues today by its geometric-shaped case, often rectangular or circular. Art Deco watches made in the 1920s to 1950s offer much more than just functionality; they are small treasures of decorative art.

We invite the public to bring a lunch and join us for this enlightening and informative event. LunchTIME is a complimentary educational program held from noon to 1 p.m. and will continue every other month. The next program is scheduled for April.

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable education organization with a worldwide membership over 11,000. The NAWCC is the world’s largest museum, research library, educational institution, and international community dedicated to clocks, watches, time, and timekeeping. We are committed to being the premiere educator and advocate for horology and everyone interested in the story of time. We share the story of TIME.


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