The Swiss Watch Brands - Official Websites

2010. 6. 28. 23:34

스위스 시계 산업은 16세기 캐러밴을 중심으로 제네바에서 시작된 종교 혁명과 깊은 연관이 있다. 프랑스에서 피해온 유그노들 중에 뛰어난 시계 제조기술을 가진 장인이 많아, 당시 제네바에서 성행하던 보석 제조기술과 섞여 새로운 시계 산업이 꽃피게 되었다.

 제네바의 시계는 그 아름다움과 높은 기술로 인해 세계적으로 화제가 되었으며, 18세기에는 쥬라 산맥 일대로 시계 산업이 퍼져 나가게 되었고, 19세기에는 자동식과 영구 달력 등의 메커니즘을 차례로 개발해 나가 스위스는 오늘날 시계왕국으로 불리게 되었다.

 현재 로렉스, 오메가, 론진, 오디마피게, 피아제, 파텍필립, 프랭크 뮐러, 쇼파르 등의 유명 브랜드 시계의 대부분이 스위스에서 made 되어지며, 주로 제네바까지의 쥬라 산맥 일대에 집중되어 있으며, 그곳을 와치 밸리 watch valley라고 부른다.

나는 스위스시계를 상당히 좋아하지만 구입을 하지는 않는다. 정말 다행이다.

어릴적부터 좋아해서, 거의 모든 브랜드는 알고 있을 정도이다.

스위스 시계 브랜드에 관심있는 사람들을 위해 공식 웹사이트를 모아 보았으나, 이미지가 깨지는 사태가 발생하여 Federation of the Swiss watch industry FH Watch Links 로 연결해 드립니다.

Watch Brands - 208 Official Websites

Watches, clocks and alarm clocks manufactured in Switzerland bear the designation "Swiss made" (or its abbreviation "Swiss") as well as the logo of the producer or distributor. This label ("place of origin" in legal terms) enjoys a solid reputation throughout the world. And globalization of trade has done nothing to diminish its importance. On the contrary, the modern consumer is looking for a maximum of information when he or she goes shopping for a new timepiece.

What lies behind this reputation ?
What does a label like this mean for the consumer ?

"Swiss made" embodies a concept of quality that has been forged over the years. It includes the technical quality of watches (accuracy, reliability, water-resistance and shock-resistance), as well as their aesthetic quality (elegance and originality of design). It covers both traditional manufacturing and new technologies (micro-electronics).

The Swiss are not the only watchmakers to manufacture high-quality timepieces and are consequently faced with strong competition. However, thanks to their unique infrastructure and to their know-how and spirit of innovation, they have succeeded in maintaining their leading position.

The intrinsic value of the "Swiss made" label, therefore, is the result of considerable efforts on the part of watchmaking companies, who are ultimately responsible for maintaining its reputation.

While prestigious brand names have thrived, they have never relegated the "Swiss made" label to a secondary place. The brand names and "Swiss made" have always worked together in an alliance that provides the consumer with the best of guarantees.

It is hardly surprising that this asset whets the appetite of counterfeiters. "Swiss made" has to be constantly protected on every market. Providing this protection is one of the principal tasks of the FH which conducts an on-going battle through legal and administrative channels to thwart anyone abusing the "Swiss" name. The weapons used in this battle are the laws of each of the countries concerned, backed by international agreements (bi-lateral treaties signed by Switzerland with several European countries and multi-lateral conventions drawn up by the World Intellectual Property Organization and by the World Trade Organization - TRIPS agreement -).

Recognizing that it must set the example, Switzerland has already reinforced the legal instruments at its disposal. The new law on "the protection of brand names and place of origin", passed on 28 August 1992, introduced more severe punishments. The Swiss customs authorities, for their part, keep a vigilant eye on all imports, exports and merchandise in transit.

Moreover, a law "regulating the use of the name 'Swiss' for watches" sets out the minimum conditions that have to be fulfilled before a watch merits the "Swiss made" label.

This law is based on a concept according to which Swiss quality depends on the amount of work actually carried out on a watch in Switzerland, even if some foreign components are used in it. It therefore requires that the assembly work on the movement (the motor of the watch) and on the watch itself (fitting the movement with the dial, hands and the various parts of the case) should be carried out in Switzerland, along with the final testing of the movement. It also requires that at least 50% of the components of the movement should be manufactured in Switzerland.

Certain regions in Switzerland have their own "place of origin" labels. One of the most renowned is "Genève", which identifies top-quality timepieces made in the city and canton of Geneva. Like "Swiss made", this label is very popular with counterfeiters and therefore benefits from continuous protection within the framework of the FH's anti-counterfeiting programme.

The Swiss watch industry is very active in safeguarding the integrity of "Swiss made" and its other regional labels of quality.

The vigilant consumer can also play an effective supporting role. By choosing reputable sales points and not being tempted by deals that are as dubious as they are outlandish, he or she will help to thwart counterfeiters, protect his or her own interests and contribute to the defence of fair trading.

The FH and its regional representatives will be happy to provide further information on this subject.

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