Maison Duplain, La Chaux-de-Fonds
“My family and I wanted to know more about La Chaux-de-Fonds' UNESCO world heritage, as well as the town's watchmaking industry. That's why we chose to combine a visit of the Maison Duplain, a supplier of watchmaking tools and components, with a short city tour focusing on the town's watchmaking town planning. On arrival at the rue du Nord, at an old watchmaker's house, and after having heard very interesting explanations about the town's urban heritage, we were heartily welcomed by the place's owner, Danielle Duplain. With passion, she told us the story of her family, who used to be specialized in watchcase making. We were surprised to learn that the Maison Duplain is the only company to sell individual watch components, and that’s why her customers come from all over the world! Afterwards, Mrs Duplain took us to the basement to discover something unique: her father's old watchcase makers' workshop, filled with hidden treasures. What a feast for the eyes! The workshop is full of tools, watch components and all kind of watch pieces.
The Maison Duplain tour offers you the chance to discover a company in La Chaux-de-Fonds that is specialised in supplies and tooling for watchmakers. This unique opportunity to enjoy an authentic watchmaking experience can be combined with a short guided tour of the city's UNESCO-inscribed watchmaking town planning, which is sure to whet your appetite!
The company's owner will share with you the story of her family and of their factory, which traditionally made watchcases and was specialised in pendants and pocket-watches. You will discover a secret location, situated beneath the building: an old watchcase maker's workshop, filled with tools from the 1960s and 1970s! This experience, at the heart of the Maison Duplain's origins, will enable you to gain an insight into the world of watchmaking through the presentation of different parts that make up a timepiece: cases, dials and wristlets. You will also discover their original concept of watch kits.
- Discovery of the Maison Duplain, combined with a short guided tour based on the Watchmaking Town Planning theme: 1h30
- Discovery of the Maison Duplain: 1 hour
- Short tour of the city with a guide + Discovery of the Maison Duplain: CHF 249.-
- Discovery of the Maison Duplain: CHF 199.-
Good to know
- On reservation only
- 8 persons maximum
- Languages: FR/EN/DE
Explore Swiss Watchmaking
2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
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