The Technical Museum is a place for stimulating encounters with Pforzheim’s jewellery and watchmaking industries. In the building of the former Kollmar & Jourdan jewellery manufactory, visitors can gain insights into the world of Pforzheim’s traditional jewellery and watchmaking industries, which once dominated the global market. In addition to showing the products and the technology involved in their manufacture, the significant role these historical industries played as a work environment for the people concerned and as a driving force for the city’s development is highlighted.
Retired artisans from the jewellery and watchmaking industries display their goldsmithing or steel-engraving, engine-turning or chain-making skills at workplaces equipped with historical machines. So visitors have an opportunity to witness first-hand the numerous worksteps involved in manufacturing a watch or a resplendent piece of jewellery.
The museum is a place where history comes alive, by judicious and illuminating juxtaposition of these industries’ past and present. A number of contemporary jewellery and watchmaking companies are spotlighted, as well as a few that have developed other, innovative industries and services from their traditional capabilities.