Origin and Location
The former Württemberg city of Schwenningen used to be called the world’s largest clock town. In the course of its history, Schwenningen was home to several hundred small, medium and large watch producing companies with thousands of employees. In addition, those producers were joined by hundreds of small and smallest suppliers of the industry.
History of Watch Making
In Schwenningen in the 19th and 20th centuries, numerous alarm clocks, table and wall clocks, but also pocket watches and wristwatches, tower, factory, punch and control clocks were produced. As part of a local government reform, the former Württemberg city of Schwenningen and the city of Villingen – located in the Baden part of the country – were united to the city of Villingen-Schwenningen in the 70s.
Famous watch producers from Villingen were Carl Werner, Kaiser and Kienzle Apparate. The biggest producers from Schwenningen were Kienzle-Uhren, Mauthe und Th. Haller.
Villingen-Schwenningen is the seat of the Württemberg College for Precision Mechanics, Horology, and Electro-Mechanics (Fachschule für Feinmechanik, Uhrmacherei und Elektromechanik).
Today the Clock Industry Museum in the old Wuerttembergische Clock Factory is showing the technical aspects of watch production. Special attention is paid to the social and economic facets of the factory age. Visitors can enjoy a comprehensive, often humourous and sometimes playful look at the clock industry.