» Details

History of the Swiss Watch Industry

Donzé, Pierre-Yves

History of the Swiss Watch Industry

From Jacques David to Nicolas Hayek
Second edition

New edition

Year of Publication: 2012

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. VIII, 163 pp., num. fig. and tables
ISBN 978-3-0343-1235-6 pb.  (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-0351-0472-1 (eBook)

Weight: 0.260 kg, 0.573 lbs

available Softcover
available PDF
  • Softcover:
  • SFR 52.00
  • €* 46.30
  • €** 47.60
  • € 43.30
  • £ 35.00
  • US$ 56.95
  • Softcover

» Currency of invoice * includes VAT – valid for Germany and EU customers without VAT Reg No
** includes VAT - only valid for Austria


Book synopsis

This book tackles the history of the Swiss watch industry in a global perspective: it gives particular attention to rival nations such as the United Kingdom, the USA and Japan. The author demonstrates how Swiss watchmakers succeeded in facing various challenges: the industrialization of production at the end of the 19th century, the delocalization of production in the interwar years and globalization since the 1960’s. These challenges helped Switzerland to maintain and strengthen its position as a leader on the world market. This study shows how innovation and new technologies, the industrial policy of the Swiss authorities, the industrial district organization and the relations with trade unions explain the worldwide success of the Swiss watch industry.


Contents: The Swiss Watch Industry during the first part of the 19th century (1800-1870) – The challenge of industrialization (1870-1918) – The watchmaking cartel (1920-1960) – Liberalization and globalization (1960-2010).

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Pierre-Yves Donzé is associate professor and hakubi scholar at Kyoto University. He was born in Switzerland and studied history at the University of Neuchâtel, where he obtained his PhD in 2005, before doing stints as a visiting researcher in Japan and in the United States. He has published extensively on the watch industry and was awarded the prestigious Gaïa Prize in 2011.