Dec 29, 2015

Watchmaking Tourism Saga – The Vallée De Joux

Tags: Altitude, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Breguet, Complicated watchmaking, Espace horloger de la vallée de Joux, Jaeger-LeCoultre, L'Abbaye, Le Brassus, Le Sentier, Le Soliat, Long winters, Philippe Dufour, Romain Gauthier, Vallée de Joux, Vincent Jaton

The Vallée de Joux is known in watchmaking for its remoteness as well as for the ability of its inhabitants to conceive and manufacture the most complex movements. Located in the Jura range at 1,000 meters above sea level, the valley is characterized by a long lake surrounded by vast lands and forests. Here, time looks and feels suspended; these conditions are certainly the reasons why complex watchmaking developed so well here.

Philippe Dufour, renowned master watchmaker, explains that long winters were at the origin of the watch industry as many local farmers had a lot of free time during the winter and that manufacturing parts was a good opportunity for extra income. This was the case for all the high areas of the Jura range, as well as the fact that watchmaking chiefly began due to the arrival of Huguenots, Protestant refugees that were running away from France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The valley today is more active than ever with more people working than living there. And it is easy to understand why as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Blancpain, Romain Gauthier, and many important suppliers are located there.

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  • David Taylor

    David Taylor

    Love the MB&F Legacy Machine 👍😝

    Jan 04, 2016

  • David Zucker

    David Zucker

    Long time fan of your videos, especially the series you put together, and this is no exception! Great stuff. And I love the Legacy Machine on the wrist!

    Jan 04, 2016

  • Sean Coleman

    Sean Coleman

    ...and cows, too! Much fun, beautiful country and fine craftsmanship on view. I'm working my way through this watchmaking tourism series while cleaning the apartment (fiance on her way from the airport!).

    Jan 01, 2016

  • SoCalFreelance


    Can't have delicious Swiss chocolate without the cows

    Dec 31, 2015

  • elavate7


    i need to move to switzerland

    Dec 31, 2015

  • zhengbq


    Marc got a new haircut. Good!

    Dec 30, 2015

  • Peter K

    Peter K

    Very nice watch sir wow a stunner

    Dec 30, 2015

  • Peter K

    Peter K

    Thank you guys for all the hard work you do. One of my favorite channels to view ritually. Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and God Bless.

    Dec 30, 2015

  • SK97


    Does anyone knows which watch Marc is wearing in this video?

    Dec 30, 2015

  • Kay Batah

    Kay Batah

    Donno ur name but Man U rock :) well and ur fried as well . U guys are the most vivid and rich watch channel on youtube

    Dec 30, 2015

  • Roelf van der Merwe

    Roelf van der Merwe

    Omg you met Philippe Dufour!!! Wow!! I'm completely freaking out!

    Dec 30, 2015

  • Dominik Lo

    Dominik Lo

    really great videos, can wait for the last 3 I think I have to come for vacation to Switzerland

    Dec 30, 2015

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    phillipe dufour with his monocle looks like crazy watch professor! great video!

    Dec 29, 2015

  • João B

    João B

    what piece do you have on your wrist?

    Dec 29, 2015

  • timstring0902


    Thanks :)

    Dec 29, 2015

  • Andrew Steel

    Andrew Steel

    The views in Switzerland remind me a lot of here in Alaska. Great video!

    Dec 29, 2015

  • anonymous


    Great Saga I love it!!!

    Dec 29, 2015

  • Amintas Neto

    Amintas Neto

    Advise great video! Congrats

    Dec 29, 2015

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