Clocks first appeared in 15th century, and they where at this time exclusively manufactured in Europe. The invention and realization of portable timepieces, nowadays known as "watch" or "Wristwatch", was made possible thanks to the invention of what is called the mainspring.
The Nuremberg clockmaker Peter Henlein invented the mainspring in 1511, and many references to 'clocks where find about his activities.
At this time, clocks where without weights and only 2 examples survived and reveal that spring powered clocks appeared only from the middle of the 15th century.
Henlein was already known as a talented craftsman of early "clock-watches". His production were used as ornamental pieces, and were the first timepieces worn on the body. He is considered as the inventor of the wristwatch, and had Johann Cochläus in 1511 as a mentor.
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