WATCH MAKING IN LONDON AND GENEVA

Towards the end of the 18th century, British watchmakers were producing the highest quality and most accurate timepieces in the world. Output reached 200,000 watches per year, about half of the world’s production and everybody wanted watches that were made in Britain. It wasn’t until after 1850 that the Swiss watch industry was able to surpass Britain as the world leader in watch-making, manufacturing a wide range of more fashionable products, from basic, highly affordable designs to more intricate, high quality watches.