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Fondation horlogère, Porrentruy

"We were in Porrentruy on the occasion of last year’s St. Martin’s market. After our shopping spree, we noticed an advertisement by the Fondation Horlogère inviting us to an exhibition about watchmaking and jewellery at the Jesuit church. Off we went! We were introduced to the profession of the "acheveur" (finisher), who finishes the details of the watchcase, and further on, a lady showed us how she enamels the dial plates. Such precision and minuteness! There was no doubt that these people are true artists who are enthusiastic about their work and even took the time to share some of their knowledge with us."

Alice and her sister

The Fondation Horlogère in Porrentruy was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to the history of the Jurassic watchmaking industry. Different exhibitions, presentations of watchmaking manufactures, or auctions of special objects aim to promote the watchmaking trade in the Jura.  

Opening hours

  • Monday : 1.30 - 6.30 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Friday : 9.00 - 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 - 6.30 p.m.
  • Saturday : 9.00 - 12.00 a.m. and 1.30 - 5.00 p.m.

Visits are possible at other times upon prior reservation.  

Adults: CHF 5.00
Apprentices, students, pensioners: CHF 3.00


Good to know
The visits can be complemented by an aperitif:

  • Aperitif with snacks (CHF 25.00 per person): cured sausage, bacon, cheese, totché, Ajoie bread, white and red wine, apple juice, mineral water, coffee, cookies.  

Discover the art of watchmaking and assemble your own watch
The Fondation Horlogère offers tailored workshops for the general public as an introduction to this alluring and fascinating world. Children, adolescents and adults alike can learn more about the watchmaking industry and assemble their own watches. Information on all courses offered.

Fondation Horlogère
Rue des Malvoisins 2
2900 Porrentruy
T. +41 (0) 79 821 14 33

Fondation horlogère, Porrentruy

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