Geneva’s horological know-how has spread around the world over several centuries. Only a few selected watchmakers and “manufactures” based in Geneva have been awarded this certification. This is a guarantee of a timepeace designed and adjusted by the best watchmakers in chronometry.

A carefully controlled label

The Observatoire Chronométrique +, the certification label for fine watchmaking, is only of value if it is applied with rigorous control. A number of organisations are charged with overseeing its implementation: an independently operated legislative body, executive body and judiciary body.

State law I 1.25

On 6th November 1886, the Council of state submitted a law to protect the the know-how of the watchmakers based in Geneva. The law on the optional control of watch in the Canton of Geneva is strictly applied on several topics.


Switzerland is known for its cultural diversity, plurilingualism, amazing landscapes and also its know-how.