Bovet Fleurier S.A.
Chemin du Pont-du-Centenaire 109
The Château de Môtiers, originally called the Vauxtraver, overlooks the village of Môtiers and the entire Val de Travers in the heart of Switzerland. Built in the early 14th century by Rodolphe IV, Count of Neuchâtel, it was successively occupied over the centuries by the lords of the valley. In 1835 the state sold it to Henri-François Dubois-Bovet Fleurier, and the descendants of the Bovet family donated it to the canton of Neuchâtel in 1957.
The 5’800 square meter Château de Môtiers is a monument-protected monument offering exceptional views over the landscapes of the Val de Travers, including the birthplace of BOVET in the village of Fleurier. In 2006 the government authorities of Neuchâtel were looking to sell this castle, from which the maintenance was too expensive. Mr. Pascal Raffy was the only potential buyer able to ensure the long-term preservation of this unique heritage site so lovingly appreciated by the people of the canton. He could thus acquire the Château de Môtiers, thus fulfilling his dream of giving BOVET the opportunity to return to his place of birth. An idyllic setting, it is no coincidence that Fleurier and the Val-de-Travers experienced the early 19th century boom in the watchmaking activity, which ensured the prosperity of the region for nearly two centuries.
The clearly sunny, luminous aspect of these Neuchâtel valleys; The calmness given to them by their natural environment; As well as the experience that the local population (known as Vallonniers or Valtraversins) had already developed in micromechanics with the production of machines for lacemaking, presented all ideal conditions for the birth of Haute Horlogerie.
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