The long tradition of clock and watch-making owes its origin to the country people living in the Jura uplands before its industrialisation and the comparative affluence we find there today. Jura & Three-Lakes is an ideal location for those wanting to explore this form of precision craftsmanship.
Among the many museums dedicated to clock and watch-making, Jura & Three-Lakes is home to the unique Musée International d'Horlogerie (MIH) at La Chaux-de-Fonds which tells the visitor about the passage of time and instruments for measuring it.
And for the real enthusiasts, the famous watch and clock-makers have recently started to offer guided visits, following the example of Zenith which opened its “Le Monde Etoilé de Zenith” to the public in 2018.
There is nothing quite like experiencing watch-making by standing in the shoes of a watchmaker and learning something of this ancestral savoir-faire while in a watch-making atelier. The apprentice with one day's experience will have the opportunity of assembling his or her own watch. Wherever you stay in the region you will find a course near you where you can learn to make your own watch exactly in line with your wishes and your watch-making skills.
Visits to the towns of Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds, built in the 19th century by and for the clock and watch-making industry, illustrate the symbiotic relationship between industry and town planning which shaped the region. Both towns were awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2009.