Geneva

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The area stretch­ing from Lau­sanne to Geneva is home to nu­mer­ous head­quar­ters of big-name watch brands. Vacheron Con­stantin with its man­u­fac­ture at Plan-les-ouates, Roger Dubuis that’s just around the cor­ner from the Geneva air­port and Franck Muller and its Watch­land are key names that have es­tab­lished them­selves here, but more re­cent par­tic­i­pants in­clude Louis Vuit­ton. Chopard and Pi­aget also have fa­cil­i­ties here. In­de­pen­dents such as F.P. Journe, An­toine Prez­iuso and many more find them­selves dot­ted around the com­pact city, which also hosts the sec­ond im­por­tant an­nual watch fair, the Salon In­ter­na­tionale de la Haute Hor­logerie. Other im­por­tant watch­mak­ing sights in­clude the Patek Philippe mu­seum, Vacheron Con­stantin’s orig­i­nal store at Quai de I’ile and the Geneva Watch­mak­ing School where the Of­fice of In­spec­tion that cer­ti­fies time­pieces with the Geneva Seal is lo­cated. Walk­ing along the river front is an eye­open­ing ex­pe­ri­ence watch-wise, with row af­ter row of build­ings bear­ing the hal­lowed names of watch­mak­ing for all to see. In­ci­den­tally, if you’re also a font afi­cionado, Hel­vetica also has its roots in Geneva.

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