EXPLORE THE HISTORY OF WATCHMAKING SINCE 1650

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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE ARCHIVES

Watchmaking is a reflection of an ever-changing world.

To close this year, explore with 10-year jumps how the world has changed since 1903 and suggest the archive you would like to keep for 2023!

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SEARCH TECHNOLOGY

Find relevant resources and data for your research

Focused on user needs and experience, the big data technologies deployed on The Watch Library platform enable advanced indexing of documents and their content and allow users to easily navigate through millions of text, image and video records. The platform is constantly evolving to add new archives and features. Documents are accessible via IIIF, a protocol that guarantees a high degree of interoperability, making image resources more accessible and usable. With the future creation of a members' area, use of IIIF will be increased.

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OUR MAIN SUPPORTS

Committed to preserve and share the watchmaking heritage

Major public and private entities, convinced of the importance of preserving and transmitting watchmaking heritage, are joining forces to support The Watch Library Foundation. They thus allow the digitization and the availability of an ever-growing number of documents to feed the watchmaking passion, innovation and creativity. In accordance with their sponsorship policy, several of our patrons wish to remain anonymous. We warmly thank all our patrons for their active and essential support of The Watch Library.

Audemars Piguet
OUR SUPPORTS  - Richard Mille
TAG Heuer
Our patrons - Europa star
Our patrons - ARC Horloger

THE WATCH LIBRARY FOUNDATION

A charitable foundation committed to preserving global watchmaking heritage

The mission of the Foundation, which has its headquarters in Geneva and which has been recognized as a charitable body by the Swiss Confederation, is to preserve and promote worldwide watchmaking heritage through the creation of a digital platform that provides access to a repository of documentation on watchmaking that is unprecedented in its scale. Going beyond all forms of competition, this project is supported by the entire watchmaking ecosystem at international level, both among its donors and in its governance.

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PARTNER'S COLLECTIONS

Selected collections

Radio Télévision Suisse

Un grand nom de l'horlogerie suisse

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Selected collections - Collection 2 - Media

Musée international d'horlogerie

Journal Suisse d'Horlogerie | 1920

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Collection 1

Bibliothèque de la Ville (City Library), La Chaux-de-Fonds

Indicateur Davoine | 1968

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Bibliothèque de la Ville (City Library), La Chaux-de-Fonds

La Fédération Horlogère | 1898-01-27

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OUR PARTNERS

Creation of a "big data" repository for watchmaking ressources

A fascinating diversity and ever-growing choice of of international sources thanks to the involvement of a wide range of partners. Watch museums, art museums, watch industry institutions, universities and technological institutes, publishing houses, auction houses, national libraries and private collections.

BNF - Partners Media Block
Swisstime
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SELECTED SOURCES

Access to a worldwide database

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Enhance the value of your archives

PARTNERSHIP

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Please contact our team if you are interested in the project and ways to support The Watch Library’s mission or if you have archival sources that we can evaluate.

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