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Musée International d'Horlogerie

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Musée International d'Horlogerie La Chaux De Fonds  Switzerland
Musée International d'Horlogerie
What time is it? It’s time to geek out over clocks, antique timepieces, chronographs, automata, and more than 4,500 horology-related relics that will delight both experts and novices alike. Watches are to La Chaux—located in Switzerland’s famed Watch Valley—as movies are to Hollywood, and a walk through the halls of this museum is a testament to the region’s heritage of punctuality: handpainted pocket watches with colorful cloisonné, thunderous grandfather clocks, elaborate gold music boxes, mantle clocks, and a timepiece archive stretching back a millennium. Many of the antique watches feature advanced “complications,” secondary features like alarms and compasses. The cuckoo clocks, which are not Swiss, illustrate the excellent Bavarian wood-carving techniques, and the automaton of a genie on a magic carpet is a campy but intricately engineered relic that is sure to amuse.
La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland