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Zürcher Frères: an introduction


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December 2020

Zürcher Frères: an introduction

As part of our latest report, we met several suppliers who form the very weft of the Swiss watchmaking fabric. Here is a short portrait of Zürcher Frères.


ounded in 1950 by Gilbert Zürcher, Zürcher Frères SA specialises in the sintering of heavy metals. Equipped with a very impressive fleet of state-of-the art machinery (vacuum furnaces, compacting presses, injection moulding machines), the company produces complexshaped parts in tungsten, molybdenum and other special alloys.

Their principal applications are watchmaking, armaments and aeronautics. A market leader in this specialised field, Zürcher Frères has produced up to 6.5 million oscillating weights a year for numerous renowned watch manufacturers.

Emile Zürcher
Emile Zürcher

After four years of development, the company has a clear technological lead when it comes to injected ceramic and metal housings (metal injection moulding, or MIM, and cermet technologies).

Zurcher Frere - Europa Star magazine 2020
Examples of oscillating weights produced by Zürcher Frères SA

Today, the company employs around fifty people, including metallurgists, plastics and mechanical engineers, mechanics, micro-electricians and IT specialists.

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