Biel/bi­enne

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Go­ing south­west takes you to Biel/bi­enne. There are many watch com­pa­nies based here but the biggest is Rolex’s move­ment man­u­fac­ture. In this mas­sive build­ing, over 1 mil­lion move­ments are made each year (this is an es­ti­mate based on the move­ments that are sent to the COS C for test­ing). Each move­ment is put to­gether by hand, go­ing through some of the 6,000 pairs of hands that work here. Do not miss this icon, even if you can’t gain ac­cess into it. The other equally no­table la­bel that re­sides in this city is Omega, whose co-ax­ial move­ments and mas­ter chronome­ter de­vel­op­ments have made it an­other stand­out of the Swiss watch in­dus­try. An­other sig­nif­i­cant neigh­bour is the ETA SA, which is in Grenchen and cen­tral to all of watch­mak­ing. 5

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