Watches

Watches

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.

Atelier LMEC, Le Locle
Atelier LMEC, Le Locle. © Guillaume Perret

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.

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Le Centre Horloger
Le Centre Horloger. © Patrice Schreyer
Clock-making museum Château des Monts
Clock-making museum Château des Monts. © Guillaume Perret
Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds
Town planning, UNESCO La Chaux-de-Fonds. © G.-B. A la Guillaume

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Special Offers Watchmaking

Combined offer | Assemble your own watch and learn interesting details about the history of the watchmaking industry in the Jura.

Museum | The secrets of time nestled in a magic place: the Château des Monts

Watches | Enjoy the unique experience of a visit of a genuine, world-renowned Swiss watchmaking manufacture.

Museum | The biggest museum specialised in clock-making in the world: 4,000 exhibits to see!