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As far as experiential travel goes, JLC’s art of watchmaking workshops are right on top of our bucket list

Luxury timepiece maison Jaeger-LeCoultre is launching a new series of masterclasses at its hub in Switzerland where travellers can get a closer look at all that goes into the art of fine watchmaking.

Starting this May, Jaeger-LeCoultre is giving watch enthusiasts the chance to explore the intricacies of fine watchmaking first-hand at the Atelier d’Antoine, a room in the heart of the Jaeger-LeCoultre manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The luxury timepiece manufacturer is launching the Discovery Workshops, a series of masterclasses where visitors can learn how watch movements work, and discover the technical and creative skills necessary for haute horlogerie. These will alternate between theory and practice, and are open to connoisseurs and novices alike. 

The theme of the first series of Discovery Workshops is ‘The Sound Maker’. During the three-hour class, which will be led by a technical expert from Jaeger-LeCoulter, participants will learn why watches go ‘tick-tock’, how time can be expressed through sound, what makes a minute repeater chime, and the difference between a repeater and a Grande Sonnerie. 

For an even deeper dive into Jaeger-LeCoulter’s world of luxury watchmaking, guests can also book a themed manufacture visit, which will focus on a particular area of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s expertise and heritage.

You can book a spot online, but keep in mind the workshops usually accommodate intimate groups of under 10 people, so they’re likely to sell out quickly.