Visit 3


Number of participants: 2 x 15 max.

Schedule: 13:15 (Departure from conference venue) – 18:00 (the trip lasts around 30 minutes)

Adress: rue des Musées 29, La Chaux-de-Fonds

Access: by train from Neuchâtel (participants will be guided by HE-Arc CR students) and by feet in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Unique in its architectural and museographical design, the International Museum of Horology (MIH) houses the world’s largest collection devoted to time measurement. This fascinating collection unveils the mysteries of time and revives the technical, artistic, social, economic and cultural history of watchmaking in Switzerland and throughout the world, from sundials to atomic clocks, from clocks and watches to automata and machines and tools from the 16th century to the present day.


A visit of the permanent collections will be organised followed by a presentation of the restoration workshop. The delegates will be introduced to characteristic conservation and identification problems which can be encountered on horological objects.

Presenters / organisers

For the MIH
  • Nathalie Marielloni, assistant curator
  • Aurélie Branchini, watchmaker, timepieces restorer
  • Masaki Kanazawa, watchmaker, timepieces restorer
For HE-Arc CR
  • Julie Schröter, conservator and conservation researcher
  • Christian Degrigny, conservation scientist and lecturer
  • Assisted by master students Elodie Granget & Janine Meyer

13:29: Departure from Neuchâtel train station for La Chaux-de-Fonds train station. Transfer to the Museum

17:00: End of the activities and return to La Chaux-de-Fonds train station to catch the train for Neuchâtel (17:32)

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