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The Jura Mountains, north of Geneva, was a low-wage-area, where farmers were offered - as a means of passing the time - to assemble watches.
Villages and towns like La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle, Tramelan, Vallée de Joux, Biel (Bienne), Lamboing, Longeau (Lengnau) and Grenchen became important centers of the Swiss watch industry.
Ariste Racine opened a radium laboratory as well, as radium was used on the hands of the (alarm) clocks and watches, making them readable in the dark.
As business was booming the Racine's had to find more space.
Many 'manufactures d'horlogerie' moved from Geneva to that area or new companies were founded in one of the towns mentioned.
To train the local people watchmaker's schools (école d'horloger) were set up quickly in many towns like Genève and Besançon (1824), La Chaux-de-Fonds (1865), Le Locle (1866), St-Imier (1867), Biel (1872), Soleure (1884) and Sentier (1901). The Racine family, based in the Jura, was a well-known family of artisans.
His company, anno 1879, still exists.* La Chaux-de-Fonds (aka 'Watch Valley') - close to the Swiss-French border - is a famous watchmaker's center for centuries.In 1918 they bought the entire house of Ariste's mother and some land around it. The Racine's were also active on the (still) famous Plainpalais Market in Geneva. Oskar Racine, Ariste's brother, was joining the company in 1918.He owned a shaft factory in Biel, which he closed down in May 1930.Many companies, like Girard-Perregaux, Rolex, Omega, TAG-Heuer, Breitling, Invicta, Gallet, etc.started their life and some are still located in this town. Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), better known as Le Corbusier, the famous architect.