THE HISTORY OF THE GENEVA SEAL

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THE HISTORY OF THE GENEVA SEAL

Post by koimaster » June 14th 2020, 10:28am

While “Swiss Made” is undoubtedly a label of quality and excellence, a must have in the watchmaking industry, there exists another more specific label for watches made solely in Geneva. The Geneva Seal or Poinçon de Genève. This seal of quality is given by Geneva authorities to watches successfully following a set of 12 technical and aesthetic criteria in manufacturing their timepieces. The goal being to ensure the highest quality and precision of the watches and to promote the world-famous Geneva know-how. The seal’s origin goes back to the late 19th century in Geneva and was developed as an answer to the issue of control over the use of the “Geneva Made” insignia by watch companies. This high demand for Geneva-made timepieces goes back even further.

ORIGINS OF THE GENEVA SEAL

The 16th century saw the onset of the Protestant Reformation and Switzerland was certainly no exception. Geneva ended up as one of the key hubs of Protestant migration in Europe and many Protestants migrated there from France and elsewhere; not only for the language but also due to the influence of John Calvin. Among them, many artisans migrated to the city and Geneva became the unofficial capital of Protestantism by the end of the 16th century. Watchmaking was one activity for which the city gained notoriety as many watchmakers and artisans were French Huguenots who had fled persecution in France. These artisans brought with them expertise that was previously confined to the workshops of Paris and the courts of French aristocrats. Consider that both Breguet and Berthoud went to Paris to study watchmaking even in the late 1700s.

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