UNESCO World Heritage

La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle, Watchmaking Town Planning

Two towns that tick alike

The towns of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle, situated in the Jura mountains of the Canton of Neuchâtel, bear witness to the successful symbiosis between their urban setting and their watchmaking industry. After suffering devastating fires, their reconstruction in the early 19th century was carefully planned. The chequerboard design of the roads and constructions was specifically adapted to the requirements of the thriving industry. Many of the buildings displayed a well-thought-out combination of living quarters, production areas and offices. Today, they are a testimony to the history of local craftsmanship and industry. The fact that the region is still an important international watchmaking centre is proven by the many well-known watch brands which have their headquarters here. Cultural Heritage since 2009.

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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
The secrets of time nestled in a magic place: the Château des Monts In the intimate setting of a magnificent 18th century manor, this extensive collection ...
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Museum
La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
A fantastic multimedia space dedicated to the Watchmaking town planning. The ideal place to unravel the secrets of this UNESCO-registered site: a multimedia presentation ...
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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
History The fact that the first family workshops were created in farmhouses is not surprising. The winters in the Jura mountains are long and hard, making it ...
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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
A short film by the Swiss Commission for UNESCO
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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
Build by and for watchmakers, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle reveal their history of craftsmanship and of industry in their urban architecture. It is enough to walk ...
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La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
What is your role here at this World Heritage Site? I am a historian specialising in the conservation and promotion of architectural heritage - particularly that ...
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