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Watch­mak­ing in Switzer­land be­gan after the Huguenot refugees brought the man­u­fac­ture of por­ta­ble time­pieces to Geneva in the sec­ond half of the 16th cen­tury. Much like to­day, at that time Geneva was a boom­town. Fast-for­ward to to­day and Geneva and its neigh­bour­ing re­gions are the epi­cen­tre of fine watch­mak­ing and de­sign, sur­rounded by the coun­try’s stun­ning lakes, moun­tains, vine­yards and pic­turesque towns and vil­lages. For those look­ing to dive even deeper into the fine art of watch­mak­ing dur­ing a visit to Switzer­land, Ini­tium of­fers a com­plete im­mer­sion into the fas­ci­nat­ing world of me­chan­i­cal time­pieces, re­veal­ing the an­ces­tral skill that, over the cen­turies, has be­come syn­ony­mous with an en­tire re­gion and in­deed a coun­try. At the com­pany’s Geneva work­shop, par­tic­i­pants can try their hand at en­grav­ing and cham­fer­ing, or even as­sem­bling a com­plete watch dur­ing a range of classes and hands-on cour­ses. www.ini­tium.ch

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