Clockmaking appeared in the Jura Mountains in the 18th century. These country clockmakers spent the harsh winters working for watch factories. With no toolmakers in the surrounding area, they also manufactured their own precision tools and machines.
A Sumptuous Setting…
In Morteau, famous for its delicious smoked sausage, inside the Château Pertusier, a designated historical monument built in 1576 and one of the principal Renaissance remnants in the Haut-Doubs, is where the Musée de l’Horlogerie tells the story of this Franche-Comté knowledge dating back to the 18th century. The building’s architecture is especially notable with richly adorned windows and extensive engraving on the façade of the main courtyard. Inside there are monumental fireplaces from the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as aspiral staircase.
… For a Rich and Original Exhibit
Since 1985, the Musée de l’Horlogerie has displayed a rich collection of clocks, tools and machines that allow us to grasp the amount of work required to manufacture a clock mechanism. The museum also houses a major collection of small precision tools, which gave the area its reputation in precision tool production. The museum shows both clockmaking and the toil of the clockmaker. In particular, there is a reconstruction of a family workshop. A fun visit for all ages to discover this Jura Mountain craft!
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