What Time Is It?

The exhibition “What Time is It?”, previewed at Watches and Wonders Geneva from March 27 to April 2, 2023, tells the story of Swiss photographer Karine Bauzin's quest for time. Through a selection of approximately 80 images taken during her travels around the world, she reveals a universal, yet unique gesture that transcends cultural, economic or religious differences: that of telling the time.

Practical Information


The exhibition is open from June 2 to September 10, 2023

Monday, Tuesday: closed

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 12h-18h

Thursday: 17h-21h


Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva


Entertainment Program

As part of our What Time is it? by Karine Bauzin exhibition, we are pleased to offer you an original program of activities including guided tours by Karine Bauzin herself, 4 lectures on watchmaking themes, 3 philosophical workshops on the theme of time in collaboration with the proPhilo association, and an interview of Karine Bauzin by Swiss journalist Julie Vasa.

Please register for the various activities via the links below:

GUIDED TOURS by Karine Bauzin (in French)

Thu. 15 June: Guided tour and opportunity to assist to the artist's interview by Elle Suisse journalist Julie Vasa onsite REGISTRATION

Thu. 22, 29 June and 6 July: REGISTRATION


Fri. 23 June: 'Watchmaking, Switzerland and Geneva' (in French) by Lorenzo Maillard REGISTRATION

Fri. 30 June: Vintage Watches (in French) by Lorenzo Maillard REGISTRATION

Wed. 19 July: The History of Time Measurement (in English) by Pascal Ravessoud REGISTRATION

Wed. 26 July: The History of Time Measurement (in French) by Pascal Ravessoud REGISTRATION


Wed. 28 June, 5 and 12 July: REGISTRATION

Time Design

    The watch’s modes of expression have always emphasised aesthetic considerations and attention to detail. “Time Design” revealed the many creative facets of watch design in a journey through time.

    After a brief evocation of pocket watches, this immersive exhibition trained the spotlight on the wristwatch and its multiple stylistic iterations, from form watches to tool watches and contemporary executions. Presented in showcases, imagined by students at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, some one hundred objects illustrated the inventiveness and diversity of watch design.  

    Watches and Culture, the cultural division of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and curator of the exhibition, has crafted seven inspirational worlds to illustrate the fabulous creativity of “time design”.

    — The beauty of early watches
    — The many faces of the wristwatch 
    — Imaginative adverts for creative watches
    — Gérald Genta (1931-2011), a designer for the modern age
    — Contemporary watchmaking, a laboratory for new ideas
    — The future of time?
    — Augmented reality: from symbol to watch