Watchmaking art celebrated in the first Encyclopedia by Diderot and D’Alambert

7 November 2013 | ,

Diderot and D’Alambert encyclopaedia celebrated the watchmaking art since its first edition:. « La fabrique qui fleurit le plus à Genève est celle de l’horlogerie. Elle occupe plus de 5’000 personnes, c’est-à-dire plus de la cinquième partie des citoyens. » (translated: The main industry in Geneva was watchmaking. It employs more than 5,000 peole, meaning more than 1/5th of the whole population).

A whole book of the encyclopaedia was dedicated to watchmaking: detailed figures illustrated technical aspects of clock functioning.