Hi again! This thread is intended to share my trip to Switzerland with you all. I managed to make a short stop - on my way from Geneva to Alsace (France) - in what is known as 'the cradle of Swiss watchmaking' (on UNESCO list, BTW), which covers the area between LeLocle and Chaux de Fonds in North-Western Switzerland (practically this extends to the nearby towns - like Neuchatel or St Imier as well). It was about noon when I arrived to LeLocle. If you want to visit the Museum, don't stop in the very centre of the city, just follow the signs in your car, as the Museum is… some way out of town (or technically above it). In fact - you can walk the way, but it will take like 45 minutes or so. Now - it is North-western Switzerland, so the terrain is barely elevated and in fact - most Swiss watches have nothing to do with the refreshing 'alpine breeze' On my trip I have a Xicorr chronograph watch, which is kinda against my own rules. Usually for trips like that, I take a watch that's somehow related to the place and here I have a Polish watch with Chinese (Sea-Gull) movement inside On the way, within the city of LeLocle you'll pass the Georges Favre Jacot factory (better known as Zenith) - this was a very emotional encounter for me, as the first 'serious' vintage watch I ever had was a Zenith (BTW a historical piece once owned by Mr A.Baranski, who used to be a school principal and - for 4 or 5 days in 1939., before the Germans entered - deputy President of the city of Sosnowiec). It was quite an effort to make the busted piece run again, but it's just fine now and I still wear it on special occasions But back to the subject... The LeLocle Clock and Watch Museum is located in an old palace above the city… The Museum is… excuse my for this childish way to express it - nice and cosy. I will once get back to this, but it is arranged in this pleasant, accomodating way. On the ground floor there is a nice exhibition showing the evolution of watches from the old times until the electronic era... There also are some wall clocks, very old (and stunning) pocket watches… ...and automatons of different sizes and a movie that shows them work (!). There also is a... Soviet Molnija! The Serkisoff I've enlarged - it is a Soviet Molnija, clearly marked USSR on dial. I know Jacot made watches for Turkish market, but a Molnija… well - whatever. If you say you can't afford a 'museum quality' watch - there you go The 'Molnija' display starts our tour on the 1st floor, where mostly smaller watches and clocks are displayed and described… Of course, you can get an audio guide, but Alsace was still a long way ahead, so I just popped in and out, without listening. Always late… that's me A good way to start (or finish - as you please) is to listen to this elegant gentleman (he's moving :O !!! ). When he's done - I'm off to LeLocle city centre again. An empty and sleepy town at the time I came (maybe wrong day and time, or maybe that's how it is there…). Not very entertaining, but obviously exciting an a very simple way… watchmaking of course! Who has not heard of LeLocle So many brand names (on WUS someone just mentioned Ulysee Nardin ), I don't even want to try to mention them all… Jacot, Moser, Tissot all made watches here. At a point of time, LeLocle watches were exported all over the world, not to mention they took almost entire Imperial Russian market around 1900... Just a taste One Russian, one Canadian - all over the world. The regulator spring for my 'heritage' Zenith mentioned came to me from Argentina. One more thing I like to mention, though, is the - slightly forgotten - name of Mr Olivier Quartier, who - in the first half of 19th century - made first efforts to establish a factory similar to what we know from much later times… Not what we're all used to - usually the parts are NOT interchangable and - obviously - he used old technologies of the period, but definitely Mr Quartier was a prominent figure almost completely forgotten (I fruitlessly tried to find Quartier in the Museum), yet his watches appear frequently (mostly devastated) on both continents of Europe and North America. That's all for today - next stop... Chaux de Fonds Now - I'm NOT sorry for the pictures quality - don't look at the photos, go see for yourself!