How watchmaking began in Switzerland

Watchmaking in Switzerland has its roots in the 16th century, when the first watchmakers in the Geneva region began making pocket watches. These watchmakers, who came mainly from France and Germany, brought their skills and knowledge to establish watchmaking in Switzerland.

Watchmakers in Geneva were particularly talented at working with small, precise mechanisms, and a vibrant watch industry quickly emerged in the city. In the following centuries, watchmaking spread to other parts of Switzerland, especially to the regions of Neuchâtel and Jura.

Over the centuries, watchmaking in Switzerland continued to develop. Watchmakers began to make watches with more complicated mechanisms and improved the precision of watches by using new technologies and materials.

Today, Swiss watches are considered the best in the world and watchmaking in Switzerland is still a thriving industry. The tradition of craftsmanship and the use of high-quality materials and modern technologies ensure that Swiss watches continue to be known for their precision, durability and quality.

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