BERN - Watch mechanics and art is officially a candidate for inclusion on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

In a statement issued today by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, we read that Switzerland has officially filed - in collaboration with France - the UNESCO candidacy of mechanical watchmaking in the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The Organization of United Actions for Education will decide on the merits by November 2020. 

These technical and artistic skills are widespread from Geneva to Schaffhausen and in all this we must not forget the manufacture of musical automata and carillons, typical of the region of Sainte-Croix (VD). At the "crossroads of science, art and technology", this knowledge combines theory, individual and collective practice, in the fields of mechanics and micromechanics.

According to the Federal Office, while having an economic function, skills in clock mechanics have influenced the architecture and the daily social reality of the regions concerned. One of the strengths of this nomination lies in its link with the urban landscape of the watchmaking industry of La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle (NE), which has been listed as a World Heritage Site since 2009.

Source (nxp / ats)