Anonyme, fin de 19ème siècle. Collection musée international de l'horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds

To mark the 15oth anniversary of the School of Applied Arts (l’École d’arts appliqués) in La Chaux-de-Fonds (canton Neuchâtel), and to coincide with the UN’s «International Year of Glass», the exhibition Brillance of Glass. The Mastery of Enamel shows the traditional techniques of enamelling applied to the decoration of watches.

The exhibition highlights the art of enamelling  and covers the challenges and the many contrasts, for example the artisan enamellers creating masterpieces and those who commissioned them, the simplicity of the material and the great complexity of its mastery, the current appeal of enamelled watches and the difficult training of the artisans.

Featuring more than 150 objects and documents from a diverse range of reference collections, the exhibition represents a unique opportunity to explore – as a single collection – multiple pieces only very rarely displayed in public.