1. Ferdinand Berthoud’s house in Plancemont (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
HERITAGE · OCTOBER 2017

The youth of Ferdinand Berthoud

by Laurence Vaucher, archaeologist, former curator of the Val-de-Travers regional museum
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  • 1. Ferdinand Berthoud’s house in Plancemont (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    1. Ferdinand Berthoud’s house in Plancemont (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • 2. Altitude of the hamlet of Plancemont: 880 m above sea-level
    2. Altitude of the hamlet of Plancemont: 880 m above sea-level
  • 3. Bust of Ferdinand Berthoud in his native village of Couvet (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    3. Bust of Ferdinand Berthoud in his native village of Couvet (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • 4. View of Val-de-Travers (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    4. View of Val-de-Travers (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • 5. View of Couvet, as seen from Plancemont (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
    5. View of Couvet, as seen from Plancemont (Canton of Neuchâtel, Switzerland)
  • 6. Map of Val-de-Travers by Jean-Jacques Berthoud (1711–1784), brother of Ferdinand, watercolour and India ink drawing, circa 1783, Val-de-Travers regional museum
    6. Map of Val-de-Travers by Jean-Jacques Berthoud (1711–1784), brother of Ferdinand, watercolour and India ink drawing, circa 1783, Val-de-Travers regional museum

During the 18th century, Couvet, the native village of Ferdinand Berthoud, gradually became an important centre for the production of clocks and watch tools. At the time when these first industrial activities were beginning to emerge, the young man would find conditions in the Val-de-Travers entirely conducive to the blossoming of his exceptional talents.

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