All too often, the heart of a watch – its movement – is unfairly overlooked. Yet a watch’s design is strongly influenced by the movement, including its functions and their arrangement on the dial.
Definition of the Swiss watch movement as of 2017
To be regarded as a Swiss movement, the movement must:
a) have undergone technical development in Switzerland:
1. for exclusively mechanical movements, at least mechanical construction
and prototyping of the movement as a whole,
2. for movements that are not exclusively mechanical, at least mechanical
construction and prototyping of the movement as a whole, together with
the conception of the printed circuit or circuits, conception of the display
and conception of the software;
b) have been assembled in Switzerland;
c) have been inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland and
d) at least 60% of the manufacturing costs must be generated in Switzerland
e) and at least 50% of the value of all the constituent parts, but excluding the cost of assembly, must be of Swiss manufacture.