The Almost Secret Original Omega Site in Bienne

March 23, 2022

When one thinks Bienne and OMEGA, images of the large facilities by the Suze river come to mind. Combining historical buildings and recent additions by the famous Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, they are among the most notorious and beautiful

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In Bienne, an Independent Watchmaker Opens his Ateliers, and his Soul

March 20, 2022

Time seems to slow down with each step from the city traffic on Bienne’s rue de Boujean to the majestic Villa Renfer. Facing the Suze

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Bulova Accutron, the Other “Made in Bienne” Invention in Space

March 13, 2022

All watch aficionados know of the Accutron, a revolutionary movement introduced to the public by New York's Bulova Watch Company in 1960. The charming hum of its tuning fork came with unprecedented precision for a commercially available wristwatch

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Interview: Raynald Aeschlimann, President & CEO of Omega

March 7, 2022

On a sunny Friday morning in February, Raynald Aeschlimann, the President and CEO of Omega, opened his office to Made in Bienne. After a few moments on the terrace, where he gave an improvised masterclass on the watchmaking sites

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A Conversation with Hamilton CEO Vivian Stauffer

February 8, 2022

For the third episode of the “Bienne Makers”series, we have the privilege of being hosted at the headquarters of Hamilton International by Vivian Stauffer, the company’s CEO. He first joined the Swatch Group in 2002, working on the Olympic Games

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Checking in on the Massive Expansion of Rolex’s Movement Production Site

February 6, 2022

To anyone who follows the world of watch collecting, it's no secret that Rolex supply is nowhere close to meeting the ever-increasing global demand for its watches. Will a drastic expansion of its Bienne facility, hosting over 3,000 employees, and where

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Understanding Shigeru Ban’s Swatch & Omega Headquarters with Philip Jodidio

January 17, 2022

For the second episode of the “Bienne Makers” series, we'll be spending some time on the fascinating bridge between architecture and watchmaking with the globally renowned architecture author Philip Jodidio

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Talking Bienne, Watches & More with Robert-Jan Broer

December 13, 2021

"Bienne Makers” is a new series of interviews with those who contribute to the town’s unique position in the world of watchmaking. To kick it off, a very special guest: Robert-Jan Broer, founder of leading online watch magazine Fratello Watches

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Understanding the Lunar Module Outside Omega HQ

July 20, 2020

If you're enough into watches to be reading this, you most likely already know the deep ties between Omega and NASA, in particular when it comes to the Moon. This has been very much documented, and recommended reading on the matter is provided

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Finding Where the First Rolex Watches Were Made

April 21, 2020

Today, all Rolex movements are produced at the company's large, highly impressive facility in the outskirts of Bienne. Over one hundred years ago, the very first movements used for Rolex watches were also produced in Bienne, on the other

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