28 Oct Visit a Luxury Swiss Watchmaker
While preparing our winter trips we also look at exclusive non-ski activities. Why not visit a luxury Swiss watchmaker. Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few hours immersed in the world of luxury precision watchmaking. This took place in the oldest watch making company on the planet, Geneva’s Vacheron Constantin.
Visit a luxury Swiss watchmaker and step into another world
Perfect for before or after a ski safari, to visit a Swiss watchmaker is to step into another world. This passionate industry is one of beautiful, complex works of wrist art. Touring the workshop I witnessed excellence, precision and beauty. What a fascinating experience to witness. I mostly enjoyed seeing the process of timepieces being built and the detailed engraving of tailor-made orders. Top this off with hands on a selection of the finished products. Vacheron Constantin watches seem to have a magical personality and a constant theme running through them. I was not expecting to be seduced by this industry but seeing a part of this world opened my eyes to something spectacular.
Magic and mystery
Watchmaking is an iconic part of Swiss culture, so visiting a luxury Swiss watchmaker should be on your bucket list. I wanted to understand where this passion began and visiting Vacheron Constantin was an ideal starting point for appreciating this remarkable industry. I felt like Charlie in the chocolate factory. Yes, the product was a little more expensive than a bar of chocolate but the world was as magical and mysterious as Willy Wonka’s.
Your turn to visit a Swiss watchmaker
I originally visited while searching for more unique and interesting things to do before and after a ski safari. This is an exceptional experience of this side of Swiss culture. But beware: once you have been drawn into the spider web of watchmakers, you may find it difficult to escape…
Warm regards from the mountains