Mission OMEGA-EAA 2019

From 2 to 31 July 2019

We’ve all walked on the Moon. A commemoration of 50 years of Man’s first steps on the Moon.

Location: 3rd floor

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In an exclusive partnership with the prestigious watchmaking brand OMEGA SA in Bienne, the School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds (EAA) has worked together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon.

Fifty years after that “great leap for mankind”, the EAA has launched its own multistage rocket following in the footsteps of the pioneers of Apollo 11 with the aim of bringing the Moon to the Earth by exploring unknown places, each more unbelievable than the last.

Back from its mission, the EAA presents today’s Earthlings with the results of its exploratory, spatial and experimental research in the form of an unprecedented exhibition in the stunning setting of Bienne, the City of Time, which OMEGA has reserved for it in a world first.

Fourteen stunning modules that bring the Moon to the Earth. Fashion / Jewellery / Engraving / Object design / Graphic design / Multimedia. Discover the exhibition with your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 – 17:00
Monday: closed

Exhibition (free entry)
From 2 to 31 July 2019

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How to get here

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Various bus connections are available from Biel/Bienne train station. From there you can reach us by taking the bus services 2, 4, 7, or 72 and stop at the bus station OMEGA. There are limited blue zone parking spaces available around the museum, requiring a parking disc with a maximum stay of one hour. Further parking spaces (paid) are also available close to the museum in Gurzelen paid parking on Falkenstrasse.

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A PORTRAIT OF THE EAA

The School of Applied Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds (the EAA) makes up the artistic part of the Interregional Training Centre of the Neuchâtel Mountains (Cifom). It provides initial training (CFC and MP1-Arts) in full-time study and part-time (alternating between classes and a professional placement) study of the main skills relevant to the applied arts. Students acquire training in the fields of objects (jewellery, setting, engraving), fashion (creation of couture clothing, creation of N’mod clothing), visual communication (interactive media design, graphic design) and decoration (3D polydesign, interior design).

Additionally, it offers professional advanced (post-CFC) training for designing watchmaking objects.

Founded in 1870 at the request of high-level engravers, the EAA was Switzerland’s first school of applied arts. Originally, it was aimed at training watchmakers and decorators. It included professional engraving, enamel painting and gem-setting classes. Le Corbusier cut his teeth there right at the beginning of the 20th century, first as a student (1900) and then as a teacher (1911).

Since its creation, the school has been a hotbed for artists and a natural, historical addition for technical training rooted in watchmaking culture. As such, this has always placed aesthetic demands at the same level as the search for technical perfection.

Over time, the EAA has adapted to the social, political, technical and economic evolution of society. Careful to support traditional crafts that are intimately linked to the tissue of the watchmaking industry, and attentive to the integration of emerging crafts, it has always been able to combine tradition and modernity in its training offering.

In a city located on the outskirts of the large urban areas, at an altitude of more than 1000 metres, the EAA thinks outside the box. This school has developed a curiosity and a specific sensibility, and has an original perspective on the world that surrounds it.

Omega Museum

The OMEGA Museum will open its doors on July 23, 2019.
Relocated to a stunning new building in 2019, OMEGA Museum tells the compelling story of the Swiss brand through immersive movies, compelling showcases and fun interactive experiences. Those wishing to delve into the details of OMEGA’s past, present and future, will not be disappointed.

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Planet Swatch

Join us on the second floor of Cité du Temps for a journey through Swatch time… Let yourself be transported into the past, present and future of our brand through designs, experiences and artworks, and unleash your imagination: you’ll understand that Planet Swatch is so much more than a museum!

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Architecture

The Cité du Temps was entirely designed by the world-renowned Japanese architect and Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban. The building is nestled between Omega’s historic buildings and the new Swatch Headquarters.

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