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.