Why Swiss Made Watches Never Go Out of Style
07 March 2016
Watches that carry the “Swiss Made” mark have long been known for their value and high-quality workmanship. To understand this reputation, we must travel back in time to the 1700s when Jean-Antoine Lépine, a French inventor and watchmaker, created the flat Lépine calibre. This calibre enabled watchmakers to create thinner pocket watches. Frederick Japy, a watchmaker in Switzerland, then discovered a way to mass-produce this calibre. After this, the production of Swiss watches increased quickly over just a short period of time.
WHAT REGULATIONS MUST A WATCH ADHERE TO EARN THE ‘SWISS MADE’ MARK
The government of Switzerland dictates strict regulations of the standards that wristwatches must adhere to in order to wear the ‘Swiss Made’ mark. Watchmakers must manufacture, encase and inspect the watch movements in Switzerland for the watches to receive this mark. Customers will know that they are receiving a quality timepiece just by seeking out watches with this identifying stamp. Certain timepieces may contain Swiss movements without the government allowing them the ‘Swiss Made’ marking since the assembly or the final inspection occurs in other countries.
MODERN INNOVATIONS KEEP SWISS TIMEPIECES CURRENT AND RELEVANT
Today, modern innovations with the authentic Swiss timepieces keep the watches current and relevant, and Switzerland remains in the forefront of the mechanical timepiece industry throughout the world. The ‘Swiss Made’ mark still signifies quality of not only the inner workings of these watches, but also their aesthetic appeal of their cases and bands. This mark shows that Swiss watchmakers make every effort to provide high-performing, mechanical watches for consumers to wear daily to discover what time it is at a given moment.
WORKSHOPS IN PLACE OF FACTORY PRODUCTION
Swiss workshops are busy with skilled employees designing and creating today’s versions of the ‘Swiss Made’ watches. Switzerland still values hand making items for sale and this includes the mechanical watches that workers create in workshops instead of on assembly lines in factories. Only high-quality movements are in each watch to ensure that the timepiece exhibits time accurately each day.
WATCHMAKERS INSPECT EACH STAGE
At each stage of the timepiece-making process, the watchmakers inspect the piece to ensure proper quality. Inspections will cover the physical appearance, waterproofness and the accuracy of accounting the time since the Swiss companies understand that all of these features are important with the modern mechanical watches that consumers expect today.
The above are samplings of the reasons why Swiss watches still stand for quality and value today. If you are in search of one, come to Ken Ross Jewellers and allow us to fulfil your needs or desires.