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Swiss-made watches

by Boom Khamai Prinya
(Thailand)

Swiss watches are not only good for quality, but there are also a wide variety of styles to choose from as well. Both in terms of advanced manufacturing technology and stunning looks, Swiss watches have been sent out to 95% of its production. Swiss watch companies are number one at exporting watches in the world.

Actually, Swiss watch companies were not the first country to do it. The countries that pioneered them were Italy, Germany, France, England, and the Netherlands. These watches were produced to a high value jewelry for the rulers and dynasties, but began producing watches that were prevalent in Geneva. It started in about the 17th century by Jean Micheal Vincent (Jean Calvin) due to an order prohibiting the expression of wealth, forcing manufacturers to change from making jewelry & precious gems to learning to make watches instead.

At first, clock makers emulated or stole licensed clocks from the French and English. The models were made out with more efficient production techniques and trade increased, and the watch industry was booming.

Clock parts were usually made at home or in small factories in the villages of Geneva County. By using a system called "Get the job done at home," these parts were sent to artisans in Geneva to assemble a watch in the end.

It was said that various parts of the clock were not expensive compared to the total production costs. The most expensive part was skilled labor. But exquisitely precise smaller pieces required a magnifying glass composite housing that was tiny and slim. The clocks mostly use 200-300 pieces (some used to house over 1,500 pieces), and that makes good watch brands too expensive.

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