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Exhibition: The brilliance of glass

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A magnificent exhibition dedicated to the art of enamelling

Rohr Poluzzi - 1966
Rohr Poluzzi - 1966
  • Place
    • La Chaux-de-Fonds

Enamel in all its forms – cloisonné, champlevé, painted, opaque, transparent or opalescent – has been a
source of fascination for centuries. Behind the apparent simplicity of its composition of glass and metal
oxides lies the expert skill of the enamellers who have mastered its preparation, application and firing in
the furnace. Even today, decorating a watch with enamel is a kind of alchemy that is still part shrouded in

To mark the 150th anniversary of the School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, and to coincide with the
UN's "International Year of Glass", the Brilliance of Glass exhibition showcases the traditional techniques of
enamelling applied to the decoration of timepieces. Following on directly from the exhibition entitled
Transmissions. Photographing the Intangible dedicated to mechanical watchmaking expertise, this
exhibition will highlight the art of enamelling in all its finery thanks to loans from numerous public and
private institutions, and will also cover the challenges – past and present – in training enamellers through
an examination of the School's impressive collection of industrial arts.

The Brilliance of Glass highlights many contrasts: the artisan enamellers creating masterpieces and those
who commissioned them; the simplicity of the material and the great complexity of its mastery; the current
appeal of enamelled timepieces and the absence of a well-established apprenticeship route.

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Opening hours
Opening hours
  • From 1 May 2022 to 6 Nov 2022
  • Tuesday - Sunday
    • 10:00 - 17:00
  • Prices per person
    • CHF 15.-
  • Seniors, Students
    • CHF 12.50
  • Children (between 12 and 16 years old)
    • CHF 7.50
  • Children (up to 12 years old)
    • Free
  • Families
    • CHF 30.-
Exhibition: The brilliance of glass
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