The History Of The Swiss Watch
The top Swiss watch brands of today are steeped in history and have each played a pivotal role in the evolution of luxury timepieces - from a technical, mechanical and stylistic perspective. Have you ever stopped to think about the centuries of delicate craftsmanship and cutting-edge innovation that have helped to shape your watch?
How It All Began
Legend has it that farmers who migrated to the French-speaking Jura region spent the winter months making high-quality components for clock-makers - skills that would be passed down through the generations. This is how it all began, sowing the early seeds of what would turn out to be a Swiss watch revolution.
Some of the greatest Swiss watch companies in the history of Swiss watchmaking such as OMEGA, Breitling and TAG Heuer are centuries old, and their fine watchmaking skills have been handed down through generations.VIEW THE SWISS WATCH TIMELINE
What Is A Swiss Watch?
So, what does ‘Swiss-made’ mean? Proudly displaying the stamp of 'Swiss-made' on their dial, your ideal Swiss watch could be powered by an automatic or a quartz movement, it could be suitable for deep-sea diving or resistant to extreme magnetic fields, it could measure time to 1/1,000th of a second or track multiple time-zones. In short, you can find a Swiss-made watch to suit any lifestyle, but it will only be an official Swiss watch if it adheres to the Swiss watchmaking laws.
New "Swissness Laws" were passed in 2017. What does this mean?
- The technical development of a watch has to take place in Switzerland
- The watch MUST have a Swiss movement
- Movement has to be cased up within the country
- At least 60% of manufacturing costs need to be generated in Switzerland
- Final inspections have to take place in Switzerland
If these parameters are not met, it's not a Swiss watch.