At the end of September 2018, the watch industry’s workforce stood at 57,812 workers, an increase of 2,868 jobs compared to the previous year (+5.2%). The sector has almost compensated, in terms of personnel, for the losses suffered in recent years. Despite this good result, caution should continue to be exercised.
At the beginning of the year, VOH SA handed over its resale activities to Brütsch/Rüegger Tools as part of a coherent agreement. Through this approach, the de Courtelary company is refocusing its activity so as to devote itself definitively to the development and manufacture of its own mechatronic products and solutions for the watchmaking industry.
The watchmaker is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight. It was indeed on March 21st 1999 that aeronauts Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones gently landed their Breitling Orbiter 3 Rozier balloon in a remote region of the Egyptian desert, achieving a feat that many had deemed impossible.
On the occasion of Baselworld 2019, H2i – acquired by Petitpierre SA in 2017, another company belonging to the Acrotec group – presented its Oneof Accuracy boutique edition, a major innovation for the measurement and demagnetisation of mechanical watches directly in stores.
Swiss watches enjoy an unrivalled worldwide reputation.
The Swiss watch industry has decided to strengthen the criteria of the Swiss made label.
Buying or selling counterfeit products undermines know-how, finances organised crime, and threatens jobs and innovation.