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 Since its creation in 1980, the Société des amis du Musée international d'horlogerie (amisMIH) has contributed to the enrichment of the collections of the museum in an exemplary way; in fact, the statutes of the society stipulate that membership fees and other donations collected have to be used for the purchase of collection items and the highlighting of their presentation.

From 1988, under the presidency of Claude Laesser, the Société des amisMIH adopted new statutes comprising a new category of members, sponsoring members, mainly composed of watchmaking companies, who provide the Société des amis with a substantial budget, most of which is allotted to the purchase of horological items intended to enhance the collection of the MIH. This welcome contribution makes it possible, to a large extent, to complement the public purchasing budgets granted to the museum by the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds.

It has therefore been possible to realise important purchases, carried out at the main auctioneers or from private partners: watches and clocks which are significant to the history of horology and absent from the collections of the museum, such as the two astronomical clocks by Daniel Vachey and Joseph Heim, or also the pictorial works highlighting the watchmaking industry such as "L'horloger et sa famille" (the watchmaker and his family) by the painter Zuber-Bühler, or the picture by Grounauer illustrating the typical interior of a watchmaking workshop.


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