It's a well-known fact that watches made in Switzerland are the best in the world. "Swiss Made" is synonymous with quality and high craftsmanship. What is it about Swiss Made watches that makes them so much better than others?
Looking back on the history of the watch industry, Switzerland established its reputation for producing quality timepieces in the 16th Century and had a hand in developing improvements in automatic and self-winding watches. Swiss watchmakers continued to drive innovation within the industry in the 20th Century, most notably with producing the first electronic quartz watches.
Switzerland ultimately set the standard for quality watchmaking and continuous improvement in watch technology for the rest of the watch world to follow. To this day, Switzerland maintains its reputation for producing the best watches in the world. When you're purchasing a Swiss Made watch, what you're getting is a beautifully-designed, well-engineered timepiece crafted from the highest quality materials available - something you wouldn't get from a mass-produced watch.
Apart from Switzerland's involvement in the history of watchmaking, in order for a watch to be designated "Swiss Made" there are several conditions under the "Swiss Made" regulation that watchmakers must meet. At least 60 percent of the production costs for the watch must be incurred in Switzerland, and at least half of the components for the movement must be Swiss manufactured. This legislation further strengthens Switzerland's credibility and excellent reputation for quality products and services, and protects the "Swiss Made" designation from being misused.
Some of the best traditions during the holiday season are food-related traditions. In Switzerland traditional holiday recipes include savory dishes, such as fondue and raclette, and a variety of "weihnachtsguetzli" (Christmas cookies). While there are many variations and the recipes differ from family to family, there are a few typical recipes that are common among most Swiss households.
Take a look at these traditional Swiss holiday recipes and try them out for yourself!
A widely popular Christmas meal for Swiss families, "fondue Chinoise" is made by boiling bouillon and seasonings to create an aromatic broth which is served in a shared pot along with raw meat or fish to cook in the broth and dipping sauces.
Spitzbuben are traditional Swiss Christmas cookies whose name means "naughty boys". They're made from two layers of shortbread cookies with a hole in the center filled with marmalade or jam and dusted with powdered sugar.
Similar to gingerbread, Lebkuchen is a pastry commonly made around the holidays in Switzerland. While there are many regional variations, the Swiss version doesn't include any ginger in the recipe and the main ingredients are honey, cloves, and cinnamon.
A tradition in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland that dates back to the 16th century, Grittibänz are made every year for St. Nicholas Day (December 6th) in the weeks leading up to the day. Grittibänz are milk and butter based pastry, similar to brioche, in the shape of little men.
|Swiss Watchmaker (Harvard Square)||58 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138|
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|Washington DC Swiss Embassy||2900 Cathedral Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008|
|Watch Store Montreal||Canada|
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In the watch industry, the term "water resistant" refers to the watch's ability to withstand water pressure. Stated in units of pressure such as atmospheres (ATMs), or depth such as meters, water resistance levels typically range from 3 ATM (30 meters) to 20 ATM (200 meters) and diver's watches at 200+ meters.
Technically, no watch is fully waterproof; rather, there are some watches made to handle more water pressure than others. Watches that are equipped for swimming or diving are still only water resistant up to a certain point and there is always a risk of moisture leaking into the case and getting into the movement.
Follow these standard rules of thumb for knowing the amount of water your timepiece can withstand and the necessary precautions to prevent water damage.
|Water Resistance||Suitable Use / Precautions|
|3 ATM (30 m)||Protected against splashes from rain, hand washing, etc. Not suitable for showering or swimming.|
|5 ATM (50 m)||Suitable for withstanding short periods of water immersion, such as light swimming.|
|10 ATM (100 m)||Suitable for swimming, snorkeling, and other recreational water sports.|
|20 ATM (200 m)||Suitable for high impact water sports and shallow diving.|
|Diver||Diver's watches ratings are provided by ISO 6425|
No matter the water resistance rating, all timepieces should be regularly serviced and checked for an accurate reading of the water resistance levels. Frequent exposure to water can cause the gaskets of the watch to erode, increasing the risk of water damage.
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