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Watchmaking circuit, Porrentruy

"In Porrentruy I saw a famous passer-by: Time. It is hard to keep track of, especially as it changes its appearance from place to place. In the botanical garden, it teases the planet with the Foucault pendulum, then hides behind the inscriptions of the sundials. It peeks through the pinhole sundial at the former Jesuit College and obeys Joshua at the fall of Jericho. It is also unpredictable at the museum, where it evokes prestigious watchmaking brands with their delicate movements and finely wrought case bodies, but also reminds us that the wristwatch is a child of war and that the semi-precious stone workshops used to ring with a deafening sound. Although Time sleeps at the Fondation Horlogère like a collection of rare fossils, it does occasionally deign to awaken the creaking movement of a centuries-old clock in the tower of the Porte de France - a tick-tock machine of a bygone age."

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In partnership with Jura Tourism and the Porrentruy Tour Guides' Association, the Fondation Horlogère has created a watchmaking circuit to introduce visitors to the old town of Porrentruy and the wealth of its watchmaking past.
Duration: 1h30
Groups: up to 15 people per guide
Price: CHF 190.00
Languages: French, German and English
Bookings: all year round at the tourist office

Good to know

  • This circuit includes a tour of the sundials of the Botanical Gardens, the Meridian in the building of the cantonal high-school, the church of St. Peter, and the Town Hall with its Meridian.
  • Other worthwhile stops along the way: the Foucault Pendulum, the clock of the Town-hall, the Museum of the Hôtel-Dieu and the Fondation Horlogère.

Jura Tourisme
Rue du 23-Juin 20
2900 Porrentruy
T. +41 (0) 32 432 41 80
F. +41 (0) 32 432 41 81

Watchmaking circuit, Porrentruy

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