The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) has approved the guidelines that will tighten the Swiss-made watch designation. Beginning January 1, 2017, a watch can be designated Swiss made only if the the total value of the watch is at least 60 percent Swiss made. In addition, technical development, such as design and prototyping, must happen inside Switzerland.
The current requirement calls for a watch to be 50 percent Swiss made, come equipped with a Swiss movement, and be assembled and inspected by the manufacturer in Switzerland. The new requirements strengthen the existing criteria and move well beyond the watch's movement; the new rules affect the entire watch, including cases, bracelets, hands, covers, and dials.