Watchmaking in China

The Chinese independent watch scene


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November 2019

The Chinese independent watch scene

Beyond mass production, an ecosystem of independent watchmakers has emerged in the Shenzhen area. Several of these craftsmen have joined the renowned Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants. But these very creative artisans have to deal with limited resources. We met them.


nstantly, when we think of China and watchmaking, we think of large-scale mass production, “the world’s factory”, cheap products... And of course, this is a good part of the reality on the ground. But given China’s ever-increasing importance, both in watch production and in watch purchasing, a much more complex and nuanced ecosystem is being established in the country.

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