Vallée de Joux Collection
Located in a former watchmaking factory, established by Zénith in 1917, the Espace Horloger was established in 1996 as the first watchmaking museum in the canton of Vaud. Its aim is to enable visitors to better understand high-level watchmaking technologies and discover the diversity of complications movements: minute repetition, grande sonnerie, split-seconds chronograph, perpetual calendar, tourbillon, moon phase, etc. The Joux Valley, the birthplace of big complications in watchmaking, is distinguished by the enduring production and the promotion of craftsmanship that has been passed down through several generations, contributing to the region’s reputation as a significant hub of Swiss watchmaking history and industry.
This collection of international timepieces presents a selection of clocks and watches manufactured between the 16th and 19th centuries. Table or travel clocks, gothic, planetary and illusionist clocks are examples of timepieces that adorned the interiors of nobility and the upper bourgeoisie in Europe, from the Old Regime to the present day.