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Ratings certificate issued in 1923 by the Bureau Officiel du Contrôle de la Marche des Montres in Le Locle, forerunner to the COSC.
The lost spirit of chronometry competitions

The 2019 Concours International de Chronométrie has proved an epic fail for Swiss watchmaking: of the five watches entered, only one is still in the running after the first round. Such a sorry performance in what brands see as a threat to their reputation shows the industry in a poor light.

Thursday, 17 October 2019
4 min read
Le nouveau siège de Swatch, à Bienne, ressemble à une queue de serpent.
Beginner's Guide
Swatch breaks the mould with its new HQ

Not known for architectural swagger, Swatch Group has cut the ribbon on the new Swatch headquarters. The snake-like building is like nothing ever seen before in the branch. For Nick Hayek, it's about sparking the emotions and arousing curiosity.

Thursday, 10 October 2019
4 min read
Some 600 people attended the Congrès International de Chronométrie in Montreux, September 25th and 26th. (Photo: Céline Michel)
Watchmakers still reluctant to innovate

The recent congress organised by the Société Suisse de Chronométrie trained the spotlight on 100 years of research in watchmaking. Despite the many innovations introduced since the early 2000s, it seems the industry is still struggling to take a long view.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019
4 min read
Inauguration of the A. Lange & Söhne boutique in Zürich in the presence of CEO Wilhelm Schmid
The first A. Lange & Söhne store in Switzerland

Since summer, A. Lange & Söhne watches can be enjoyed at Bahnhofstrasse 25, Zurich, where the Saxon brand has opened its first own-name store in Switzerland.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
Panerai boutique in Zürich
New Models
Panerai moves into Zurich

The Florentine brand has opened its first store in Zurich (with A. Lange & Söhne) at 25 Bahnhofstrasse, and celebrates the event with a special edition of the Luminor Due.

Monday, 12 August 2019
The FHH Journal editors
2 min read
Les Ambassadeurs, Zurich boutique
Trend Forecaster
Les Ambassadeurs joins the pre-owned market

Les Ambassadeurs, one of Switzerland's leading retailers with stores in five Swiss cities, has launched a new service in its boutiques for customers wishing to buy and sell pre-owned watches. All the watches on sale are certified and come with a 15-month guarantee. Customers can also put an existing timepiece towards a new purchase. Interview.

Thursday, 04 July 2019
5 min read
Omega factory (storage center), Bienne © Omega
Swatch Group innovates with Time to Move

After slamming the door on Baselworld, Swatch Group had to come up with an alternative way to present its new releases to the press. The solution, the Time to Move roadshow, was the opportunity for the world's biggest watch group to flex its industrial muscle.

Monday, 20 May 2019
4 min read
Les Ambassadeurs, Zurich
WatchBox partners with Les Ambassadeurs

WatchBox's service to buy, sell or trade certified pre-owned luxury watches is now available via Les Ambassadeurs. The retailer's stores in Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne and Lugano join WatchBox's network of authorised dealers.

Monday, 29 April 2019
The FHH Journal editors
1 min read
The south-facing buildings have a garden on one side and a wide street on the other, allowing light to flood into the workshops.
Two Swiss towns celebrate 10 years as UNESCO Heritage Sites

In 2009, La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle were declared world heritage sites for their unique urban planning, designed to facilitate watch production. Giving extra cause to celebrate, a request has been made to add mechanical watchmaking to the UNESCO list of intangible world heritage.

Thursday, 25 April 2019
5 min read
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