The Pont de la Machine in Geneva, Switzerland, is the new home of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship. Renamed “Arcades des Arts”, this historical building in downtown Geneva thus becomes a veritable hub of watchmaking and craft culture.
The relocation announced last year has now taken place: the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship have taken up residence in November 2019 in the Pont de la Machine, a historic building built in 1843 on the Rhône. The architecture of this former water pumping station, with its series of arches running along the facade, inspired the new name and logo of this building, renamed “Arcades des Arts” and which will house a brand-new space for exhibitions and public events dedicated to watchmaking and artistic crafts.
Franco Cologni, President of the FHH Cultural Council and founder of the Michelangelo Foundation:
“By welcoming these two foundations, the premises will now be infused with the art of watchmaking and artistic crafts.
Independent yet complementary, both aim to promote a culture of excellence that is expressed through high-quality watchmaking products as well as in the creations of master artisans. In a nutshell, the ‘Arcades des Arts’ honour the beauty of fine workmanship and the knowledge that guides it.”
With this new location in the very heart of Geneva with its proud horological and artisanal traditions, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is testifying to its commitment to the watchmaking values that have been part of the soul and history of the city since the 16th century. This presence thus reinforces the Foundation’s mission to promote Fine Watchmaking worldwide and reinforces Geneva’s stature as an essential watchmaking destination.
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