Recent research informs that our house, at the time the l’Auberge de la Couronne, was rebuilt in the still warm ashes 1834 after a fire catastrophe.
An all stone construction this time and aligned with a modern city of broad parallel streets promising more safety and more light for the watchmakers working at home. The shards we found during our extended renovation 2012 -2015, served as ballast in one of the floors: testimonies of the tiled stoves.
Le Locle was able to preserve in parts old habits and structures. There is a flock of retailers around the Guesthouse. The people, „Les Loclois“, are surprisingly cosmopolitan: friendly, curious, highly cultured - human traits whjch are typical for border towns, but also for a very long industrial and commercial tradition. Watchindustry has stayed important up to this day.