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EPHJ postponed from 14 to 17 September 2021

12 April 2021

In accordance with the Swiss federal directives prohibiting the holding of trade fairs to date and the need to inform exhibitors in good time for organisational reasons a few weeks before th...
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STS offers watch industry a credible alternative to world’s most expensive metal

In the space of a few months, the price of rhodium has climbed to record highs, peaking at over CHF 800 per gram! Used to cover certain components in watch movements, rhodium poses a new challenge for the watchmaking industry as it becomes the most expensive precious metal in the world. STS Saulcy Traitement de Surface […]

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“Globalisation and fair-weather logistics have made us lose sight of the strategic importance of local stocks and production.”

As a player in the life sciences and medical technology industries and Switzerland’s Health Valley, and a close observer of their fortunes during the pandemic, Benoît Dubuis shares his analysis of the situation with us. How is Switzerland’s Health Valley faring during the coronavirus crisis? Given how diverse Health Valley’s partners are, it isn’t possible […]

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DIXI Cool+ revolutionises micro-milling

It is possible to be 75 years old and still have a start-up mindset. DIXI Polytool, a long-established manufacturer of precision tools for watchmaking and other microtechnologies, has just invented a revolutionary miniature milling cutter. By Joël A. Grandjean With two patents registered and a trademark, DIXI Cool+, entered in the intellectual property register, the outlook […]

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Cadramont: bringing the dial into the third millennium

Moving from métiers d’art to micro-series of 250 units or more: that’s the vision of this fiercely independent dial manufacturer. It’s a place like no other, fired by a creativity containing just a touch of madness… By Joël A. Grandjean The adrenaline coursing through the company is precisely this whiff of madness floating around in […]

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From concept to production: AB, as in Aurélien Bouchet

ABConcept and ABProduct: nothing in the two company names hints at the vast space in which over 14 trades are carried on, the impressive fleet of machinery and the sudden appearance, on a detour during the visit, of the largest 3D printer on the market. An interview with Aurélien Bouchet.  By Joël A. Grandjean Just […]

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Subcontractors or core business?

Words matter. For over 40 years, watchmaking jargon has used the term subcontractors to refer to suppliers. It is high time we started talking about core business and professional environment rather than subcontractors.  By Joël A. Grandjean Over recent decades, since the recovery from the quartz crisis, watchmaking has seen a steady enhancement of its […]

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Presentation of the 2020 Exhibitors’ Grand Prix for H2i

Having been voted the winner of the 2020 EPHJ Exhibitors’ Grand Prix by its peers, H2i had the pleasure of welcoming officials from the EPHJ Show, who travelled to its premises at Cortaillod in the canton of Neuchâtel to hand over the trophy in person (wearing face masks, of course) to the company’s two founding directors, […]

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“The 2020 crisis has reinforced and accelerated underlying trends.”

Every year for the past seven years, the Deloitte study on the development of the Swiss watch industry has provided some very useful insights. The study is based on an online survey and interviews conducted with 55 senior executives in the watch industry, as well as an online survey of 5,800 consumers in China, France, […]

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EPHJ Show to be marker of industrial recovery

It would take a very astute person to predict today where we’ll be with the pandemic in June. EPHJ is absolutely determined to make an effective contribution to the industrial recovery and will do everything in its power to ensure that the 2021 show goes ahead next June. The high-precision industry cannot remain in lockdown […]

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