This competition continues the tradition of competitions held between observatories from the 19th century to the second half of the 20th century. It leverages science, technology and culture to highlight the skills of watchmakers, artisans and industrialists in their quest for perfection, and aims to support chronometry in contemporary mechanical horology by enabling watchmakers to compare the performance levels obtained by their timepieces. Unlike the original competitions, however, these modern events aim to compare the performance and reliability of encased watches intended for market distribution.
In order to guarantee the scientific and legal validity of competition results, no Jury members have professional ties in the industry. The Jury will be chaired by Mr Gregor Dudle, member of the Board, METAS.
The International Chronometry Competition is organised in partnership with the Swiss Chronometry Inspectorate (COSC), the Foundation Timelab and the Laboratoires Dubois, all accredited bodies. The competition is supported by the Republic, Canton of Neuchâtel, and the municipal authorities of Le Locle.