A journey into wristwatch design

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

After a brief evocation of pocket watches, this immersive exhibition trains 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 illustrate 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

Practical information

April 14 – May 8, 2022

Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12h to 19h

Late opening on Thursdays until 21h

Pont de la Machine, 1204 Genève

Accessible through Geneva Public Transportation (TPG) “Bel-Air” stop

Free entrance

Conferences and guided tours


To discover or rediscover one of the facets of the watchmaking genius that makes the watch a pure and varied expression of design in all its forms.  Guided tours are open to the public with a free entrance.

— Midday tours from 13h to 14h: REGISTER

— Evening tours from 18h to 19h: REGISTER


As part of the Time Design exhibition, dedicated to the history of the wristwatch, two conferences will be held to explore two major watchmaking themes, vintage watches and iconic watches. The conferences are open to the public with a free entrance.

— Vintage Watches / Thursday April 21 at 19h: REGISTER

— Iconic Watches / Thursday April 28 at 19h: REGISTER


Come and discover the universe of the infinitely small, from gears to springs, from escapements to balance wheels. Accompanied by watchmaking professionals, you will have the pleasure of disassembling and reassembling by yourself the essential parts of the UNITAS 6497 caliber. You will discover with emotion the heart of a mechanical watch beating again.

Saturday April 16, 23 and 30 from 14h to 16h.

As places are limited to 10 people, we strongly recommend that you register in advance: REGISTER

From 10 years old, in French only.

Free entrance.

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