Since the dawn of time, Switzerland has been regarded as the land of watchmaking. All the watch manufacturers are present in Switzerland, and this is where all the new products are made. Switzerland is the cradle of watchmaking. Geneva is the watchmaking capital of the world, and it is the second most populated commune in Switzerland. For many years it has had a political and economic role. Geneva is known to be the cradle of luxury watchmaking, which originated in the mid-16th century. Geneva is located a few kilometers from France. With an estimated 200,000 inhabitants, its geographical location is ideal. The city is also known for its famous 140-metre high water jet.
The origins of Geneva watchmaking date back to around the middle of the 16th century. The town experienced a new dynamism, with the influx of Protestants from Italy and France. With this massive arrival, they will boost the town by creating industries in the field of silk, goldsmithing, and watchmaking mainly. The city at that time was in full prosperity, but one thing accelerated the expansion of the watchmaking industry. In 1685, the Edict of Nantes was revoked by Louis XIV. It is following this event that everything will accelerate with the arrival in the region of many refugees who came to Geneva to find a haven of peace. Geneva was a prolific city at the time, craftsmen could now find very serious workers and contributed to the development of watchmaking.
Geneva, the grouping of major brands
The city of Geneva and its suburbs are known for their concentration of watch brands and manufacturers. It is known as the "world city" of watchmaking. There are many monuments that remind us of the origins of this town when we walk around. We can find the museum of watchmaking and enameling, which exhibits many old models. There is also the Patek Philippe museum, the Cité du Temps, bought by the Swatch Group, and many other buildings.
Watch brands also have their headquarters in Geneva, such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, Piaget, the Richemont group, Vacheron Constantin, and others. The city also hosts the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie which takes place every year.
Getting your Rolex watch certified in Geneva
Certifying a watch is not an easy thing, it requires many skills in expertise and analysis. Our company can certify any type of watch anywhere in the world. Either choose a partner boutique near you or just send us your watch and one of our experts will check its authenticity.
We certify any type of watch, be it Rolex watches, Patek Philippe watches, Audemars Piguet watches, and many others.... We specialize primarily in second-hand and vintage watches, but if you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are also present at auctions that take place in Geneva every year.