As the head of CH Ventures, LLC, Cameel Halim guides commercial real estate investment activities spanning Illinois and Wisconsin. An avid collector of mechanical devices, Cameel Halim recently completed the construction of the four-story Halim Family Museum of Time & Glass in Evanston.
The collection includes many of the world’s finest watches and clocks, including a number of Chinese timepieces that feature ornately designed cases and often whimsical musical elements and automatons. Among the prized pieces is an Elephant Carriage clock from China that features a gilt elephant with a vase and timepiece set on its back and an imperial retinue behind it. Many of these pieces were crafted in Europe, as well as China, for the Asian market, and some pieces are from the renowned Imperial Palace Workshop.
Mr. Halim’s collection gained a serious boost in 2001, when the owner of Time Museum in the Rockford sold his collection. Initially offered to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, the collection went on sale through Sotheby’s when museum did not raise the necessary funds to obtain the collection. Many of the U.S., English, Asian, and French clocks that make up the Museum of Time & Glass’s core collection were acquired by Mr. Halim through this major auction event.