La Chaux-de-fonds, situated at 1,000 metres above sea level in the Jura mountains, is one of the key centres for watchmaking. It was destroyed by fire at the end of the 18th century. The event was a most devasting one but it also provided the opportunity to thoroughly re-design the city as a manufacturingfocused town. It now has wide boulevards to allow big commercial vehicles to pass through and its altitude offers the benefit of maximising sunlight in winter and summer. Buildings are kept low, so they don’t ever overshadow neighbouring ones. This region of Neuchâtel can truly be called the heart of Swiss watchmaking. All the major brands – Patek Philippe, Cartier, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Jaquet Droz, GirardPerregaux – are here and the list goes on. Some have areas that are accessible to the public, but even if you can’t get in, an entire city that was designed to sustain an industry is something to marvel at.