Attestation d’apprentissage de Ferdinand Berthoud auprès de son frère Jean-Henri, rédigée par le notaire Abraham-Henri Borel-Petitjaquet, de Couvet, le 13 avril 1745. Archives de l’Etat de Neuchâtel, cote B481, folios 83 à 85, registre AP + AT, 1744-1748.
HERITAGE · DECEMBER 2017

The apprenticeship and journey
of Ferdinand Berthoud

by Laurence Vaucher, archaeologist, former curator of the Val-de-Travers Regional Museum
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  • 1. Sketch depicting the children of Abram Borel-Jaquet studying with their preceptor, Jean-Jacques Berthoud, drawn by the latter, circa 1770, published in: Musée neuchâtelois, recueil d'histoire nationale et d'archéologie, Neuchâtel: Société d'histoire et d'archéologie du canton de Neuchâtel (Canton Neuchâtel History and Archaeology Society), 1891.
    1. Sketch depicting the children of Abram Borel-Jaquet studying with their preceptor, Jean-Jacques Berthoud, drawn by the latter, circa 1770, published in: Musée neuchâtelois, recueil d'histoire nationale et d'archéologie, Neuchâtel: Société d'histoire et d'archéologie du canton de Neuchâtel (Canton Neuchâtel History and Archaeology Society), 1891.
  • 2. Views of Val-de-Travers (Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    2. Views of Val-de-Travers (Canton Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • 3. Document certifying Ferdinand Berthoud’s apprenticeship with his brother, drafted by the notary Abraham-Henri Borel-Petitjaquet, of Couvet, on April 13th 1745. Neuchâtel State archives, bookshelf Nr. B481, folios 83 to 85, register AP + AT, 1744-1748.
    3. Document certifying Ferdinand Berthoud’s apprenticeship with his brother, drafted by the notary Abraham-Henri Borel-Petitjaquet, of Couvet, on April 13th 1745. Neuchâtel State archives, bookshelf Nr. B481, folios 83 to 85, register AP + AT, 1744-1748.

In the Neuchâtel mountains, horological skills are often passed on within the family. Jean-Henri Berthoud, judge, solicitor and watchmaking-clockmaking expert trained his brother Ferdinand from 1741 to 1745. The young man then set off to complete his training in Paris, scene of the major innovations and inventions in horology, a field already combining science, technical mastery and aesthetics.

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