Agenda of the amisMIH 2018


November 4th, 2018, 12 noon and 2 p.m.

  • On the occasion of the Watch Exchange, the association amisMIH offers 3 free guided tours of the International Watchmaking Museum. The guided visit is offered in all 3 cases.

- 12 noon: free museum-admission and free guided visit in French.

- 2 p.m.: museum-entrance fee of 8.- frs, but free guided visits in French and German.

In addition to the basic collections, visitors will be invited to discover the different temporary exhibitions.



2018 Agenda of the MIH


permanent exhibition

  • MAN AND TIME - The exhibition takes you on a captivating journey through time. Unique in its architectural and museographic design, the Musée international d'horlogerie houses the world's greatest collection devoted to the measurement of time. From sun dials to atomic clocks through pendulums, clocks, watches, automata, machines as well as tools from the 16th century to the present day, the exhibition unveils mysteries of time and retells the technical, artistic, social, economic and cultural history of watchmaking in Switzerland and around the world in a very vivid and didactic manner, spanning over 2000 m2.


from March 15th  2018 to February 28th 2019

  • NEW ACQUISITIONS 2017 temporary exhibitionThe collection keeps growing thanks to donations and purchases. Each year, the Musée international d'horlogerie specially thanks generous donators by displaying the new acquisitions of the year before during a period of twelve months. 


from June 8th 

  • TO THE NEAREST FEMTOSECOND!  - Dive into the infinitely accurate! The search for precision has been a catalyst for the development and the innovations in the watchmaking field since the 16th century. From World War II, such precision has moved from watchmakers and astronomers to scientists: time is now defined through observation of physical phenomena and not through astronomical observation anymore. The femtosecond – equivalent to 10-15 – (or a quadrillionth) of a second is the most precise fraction of a second ever measured. Such a degree of precision is imperceptible to human beings, but has nevertheless become necessary to daily life organisation: geo-tracking, transportation, telecommunications have become efficient thanks to this extreme precision.


October 26 to 28

  • EMC18 - The 2018 Congress of European Mars Societies - Robots and men on Mars under consideration of Time. The answer is that the measurement of time to its smallest fractions is essential for a satisfactory control of all space missions and therefore in particular for Mars missions. The trajectories are calculated as a function of time, the time of the Earth with respect to the Sun and Mars, the time at destination, during trajectory adjustments, the time of the spaceships in the descent phase, with respect to the distance of the planets, And so on. Participation at the congress is not free, registrations are done here:

    Registrations can also be done on the spot at the last minute, at the rate of 50.- / 30.- for students and the amisMIH.


November 3rd, 10:00 – 17:00

  • 8th BIENNIAL OF WATCHMAKING HERITAGEThis is a rare occasion to visit manufacturers and watchmaking companies, and also an opportunity to immerse in the watchmaking past through the MIH collection. Programme to follow.


November 3rd, 1:45 pm sharp

  • CirConference - The British Connections - On the occasion of the 160th Anniversary of the British Horological Institute, a four-part conference about yesterday's and today's Swiss-UK watchmaking relations. With Robert Loomes, Dr. Rebecca Struthers, Anthony Randall and Stephen Forsey. The conference takes place at the TPR l'Heure bleue, Ave. Léopold Robert 27, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds and will be followed by a cocktail and afternoon tea at the Espace TSM!



November 4th, 10:00 - 16:30

  • 42nd SWISS WATCHMAKING FAIRAround fifty watchmaker- tradesmen, antique dealers and collectors will offer for sale watches, clocks, tools, books and various objects related to watchmaking. 


November 7th, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - To the nearest femtosecond! Guided tour of the recently-installed exhibition in the Gallery and the Bell-Tower of the MIH.


December 5th, 12:15 - 12:45

  • ON THE STROKE OF MIDDAY! - Wristwatch spaceSpotlight on contemporary watchmaking. Discover the heart of mechanical, electric and electronic wristwatches. 


December 8th 2018

  • Musical concert of Dashûr







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