Watch-service for each brand & type
At Zeit Zone Zürich, watches are fine-tuned for accurate time-keeping. Collectors’ items receive new lustre and custom-design pieces take concrete shape. We offer the entire spectrum of a watchmaker’s art and a goldsmith’s craft, and showcase selected watches and jewellery.
A passion for mechanical watches and traditional craftsmanship are the common link between the two Zeit Zone Zürich partners. The credo of the watchmakers is to combine their young mindset with traditional watchmaker and goldsmith craft, and in so doing offering customers top-class service.
Professional and outstanding ideas from our team make Zeit Zone Zürich unique in every aspect.
During his four-year apprenticeship as a watchmaker at the specialist store Saurer in Pfäffikon, Sandro Bösch learnt how to manufacture individual parts of a watch by hand. After successfully completing his apprenticeship, he furthered his knowledge at Rietmann in Zollikon. Two years later his previous master lured him back to the newly created position of workshop manager in Pfäffikon. Besides setting up and operating the repair workshop, Sandro Bösch was also responsible for training apprentices. At the same time he completed his qualification as master watchmaker. The challenge of taking the legendary dual chronograph to a stage fit for production, which he was offered by International Watch Company (IWC) in Schaffhausen, was one that Sandro gladly accepted. He also took this opportunity to deepen his knowledge of prototype construction. In 1994 he set up his own business and opened the Sandro Bösch watchmaking workshop in Wollishofen, thereby laying the foundation for Zeit Zone Zürich.
Clau Maissen practically grew up with watches, coming from a famous jewellery family in Klosters. After attending secondary school he worked to become an accountant. But it was not long before his passion for watches took over, and he decided to complete an apprenticeship as a watchmaker. Clau Maissen found his apprentice position at Rietmann in Zollikon, where he continued to work for another year after taking the final apprenticeship exam. He later returned to Klosters to support his parents in their business. Here, Clau Maissen got to know watches of a wide range of brands inside out. He met Sandro Bösch through their shared enthusiasm for watches. When Sandro offered Clau Maissen the opportunity to support him as partner at Zeit Zone Zürich, there was not a moment’s hesitation. The skiing fanatic from the Buendner Mountains in Switzerland spends his winter weekends on skis, which mean the world to him. And in summer he can’t resist skis either, and has discovered his fascination for waterskiing.
Astrid Meyer completed her apprenticeship as a watchmaker/clock repairer at Zeit Zone Zürich, with great success. After her four years at Kreuzplatz, Astrid Meyer was bitten by the travel bug. Australia was the perfect place for improving her language skills and discovering new things. Astrid spent six unforgettable months Down Under. Today, she is pursuing another degree and is looking to graduate from the College of Commerce. For Zeit Zone Zürich this means having an employee who is familiar with all aspects of our business. Astrid works mainly in the office but can work at the watchmaker’s table whenever required. She is a keen dancer. She also enjoys waterskiing and snowboarding tremendously.
After successfully completing her apprenticeship as a watchmaker/clock repairer plus university entrance exam, Ms Baur would like to further her expert knowledge. She does not shy away from complicated watches, and approaches all problems with a great deal of enthusiasm and logical thinking. Born in Aargau, Nadine Baur balances her delicate watchmaking work with a game of beach volleyball or Jassen, the most popular Swiss card game. In winter, snowboarding provides her with the necessary balance. Welcome to Zeit Zone Zürich.
Born in Krumback (Germany), Florian Ganz completed his apprenticeship as a watchmaker from 1996 – 1999 at Juwelier Müller in Kempten. During his years of travel, Florian Ganz’s journey took him to Vienna via Ulm and then to Zürich. In 2010 Florian successfully completed the mastership examination and may now call himself a master watchmaker. Florian manages our workshop with great care. He provides all watchmakers with news, shares repair and restoration experiences with them, and is essentially responsible for the quality of our work. No watch leaves our workshop before having passed under the critical eyes of Florian. To know that the high mountains and steep slopes are so close by will hopefully be an incentive for this ambitious telemarker to stay in Zürich for a long time to come. During the summer months, Florian enjoys the endless opportunities of racing his bike across hills and dales around Zürich. As a passionate camper, these bike tours can also easily extend across a few days.
Our watchmaker from Finland. Born and bred in Helsinki, Jari only found his passion for watchmaking via a few detours. After completing school, Jari was first drawn to the private sector. Training as a marketing planner, employment at various large companies, and then the break-through: Jari was convinced that the working world had something more to offer him. He left his secure job and performed temporary jobs until he discovered watchmaking. After completing his apprenticeship as a watchmaker in Finland, he was drawn to the “Watch-Country Switzerland”. After gaining 7 years’ experience in the areas of production and after-sales service, Jari now supports our team in the area of modern pocket watches and wristwatches. As our Finnish is not that strong and Jari is still in the process of learning German, we communicate in English. The daily, relaxed “language training” is not only much appreciated by our “students” but by all employees.
After many years in Munich at Huber and Chopard, the watchmaker and goldsmith was drawn to Switzerland. He is passionate about old watches: from wristwatches from the fifties and sixties, to pocket watches to table clocks, wall clocks and longcase clocks from the 18th and 19th century. Uwe Vischer is particularly specialised in restoring old, worn steel and stainless steel casings to new glory. The extremely delicate work of filing back and polishing corners and edges takes hours, and generally even days. He finds a balance to this work in exercise and sports and enjoys skiing – mostly on a monoski (yes, they’re still around) in new snow.
Yahel is the sixth apprentice to start her apprenticeship at Kreuzplatz. She went to school in Zürich and knew long before completing school that she wanted to be a watchmaker. Yahel will attend various courses at the School of Watchmaking in Grenchen and spend time at a horological museum, the Uhrenmuseum zum Rösli, in the Kreis 6 area of Zürich during her four-year apprenticeship, but will primarily be mastering her trade at Kreuzplatz. In her spare time, Yahel plays the harp, loves reading and often goes for very long forest walks with her young Labrador, Anick.
A few well-known brands that you can purchase from us.
The small watch business located in Fleurier and managed by master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani has set new standards in watchmaking in the past ten years. Michel Parmigiani made himself a name as a restorer of contemporary historical clocks and watches. His secret wish was always to produce his own watches. Michel Parmigiani is also set on quality when selecting his suppliers: Hermès Paris manufactures leather straps and Patek Philippe in Geneva supplies the quartz movements for a part of the ladies’ collection. www.parmigiani.com
Steel, industrial halls, tools, engines, machines, toothed wheels – the brand as well as its models are inspired by aesthetics and the mood of this industrial setting. The products are characterised by high-quality styling and a complex design. They bring together contrasting materials and styles in perfect harmony. These watches are made for individualists with high demands in design, quality and uniqueness. SEVENFRIDAY watches consist of two integral elements – Box and Interface. The steel Box is the protective casing with a sophisticated design. The shape and style lies between tradition and state of the art, making for an exciting look. The casing is surrounded by the aluminium animation ring, which caters for the haptic and visual senses. www.sevenfriday.com
Tradition-rich label, Hermès, is the paragon of fine leather ware, exclusive silk scarves and classic, sporty clothing. Master Saddler Thierry Hermès established the brand in 1837 as a bridle business. When motor vehicles started to replace horse carriages to a large extent, Hermès expanded his range of suitcases, bags and document holders. Thanks to the exceptional durability, exclusive finish and excellent materials Hermès was extremely popular in noble homes. And today, still, the standards set around 1837 are adhered to. Why not see for yourself precisely how unique the Hermès watches are? www.hermès.com
In 1992, a team of designers and experts in aerospace on-board instrumentation collaborated on a project – the manufacture of wristwatches that are perfectly adapted for professional use. Their aim was to exploit the old Swiss watchmakers’ tradition for the requirements of individuals in extreme situations. Today, astronauts, pilots, divers and mine clearance specialists use Bell & Ross watches as instrumentation during their deployments. www.bellross.com
The watch company founded in 1853 by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Emile in Le Locle have maintained the innovative thinking and a practically unattainable price/performance ratio to the present day. Tissot’s pioneering work is mirrored not least of all in the selection of materials. Tissot can look back on various milestones: The first anti-magnetic watch, the first plastic watch: “IDEA 2001″ (Astolon), the first watch made of stone: “Stone Watch”, the first watch made of wood: “Wood Watch” and last but not least the first watch with functions that could be called up by pressing the glass: “T-Touch”. www.tissot.ch
Daniel JeanRichard, a truly talented locksmith apprentice, so legend has it, saw his first watch in 1665 when he was 13 years old. An English horse trader brought the defective work of art into the little village of Les Bressel, between Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Daniel JeanRichard studied the mechanism and not only repaired the watch, but copied it and in so doing constructed the first watch ever in the Swiss Jura Mountains. The ambitious goal of using exclusively factory movements pursued by JeanRichard right up to 2012 was reason enough for us not to deprive you of these gems. www.jeanrichard.com
Polar, founded in 1977 in Finland, has established itself to become a market leader in heart rate monitors in the last 30 years. As a loyal partner, the Polar watches have been incorporated into the image of each fitness studio. It is difficult to imagine a marathon runner, running without his/her Polar. Whether a professional sportsman, hobby jogger or newcomer, the Polar will help you keep control of your pulse – true to the motto: Improve the quality of life with each heartbeat. Here with us, you will not only receive a professional service for your Polar devices, we will also offer you our sales advice tailored for you. RC3 GPS – slim design, integrated GPS – now available! www.polar.ch
The Swiss watch craftsmanship has been ever popular across all frontiers. We can finally offer you a watch winder manufactured in Switzerland. The 10 x 10 cm Kubik is driven by two 1.5V batteries for +/- 5 years and can be set up modularly. www.swisskubik.com
The classic seconds pendulum clock in its timelessly modern design. The Erwin Sattler company is continuing its tradition of precision pendulum clocks in an impressive manner with the development and manufacture of the Classica Secunda 1995 model. The highly precise work that is solely responsible for measuring time accurately, achieves a clock drift of one to two seconds/month. The Classica Secunda 1995 in black, is on display in the Zeit Zone Zürich shop. www.erwinsattler.de
Time in words. A simple and clear design. Wall clock – grandfather clock – radio clock. Brilliant! Qlocktwo Touch As is the case with major models, the front surface of the “Touch” is also made of polished perspex. It is attached to the base plate using magnets and can therefore be replaced very easily. Available in 7 selected colours. www.qlocktwo.com
The Limmex vision, is to provide people in emergency situations with optimal support. This should take place easily, location-independent and discretely. As a result, deaths and injuries are avoided and the quality of life of many people is improved. To achieve this vision, Limmex is combining Swiss tradition of watch making with innovative communication and safety technology.
In 1989, the watch industry veteran Barry Cohen and his friend Richard Timbo brought Luminox to life. Cohen, who has heard of a Swiss system for self-illuminating hands of a clock and indexes, immediately knew that this illuminant would make it easier to read a clock in weak light or darkness and would definitely correspond to the needs of many carriers. Derived from Latin, Lumi means light and Nox means night – a brand was born. The cooperation with the US navy seal was achieved through Nick North. North had the task of finding a watch which would correspond to the demands of the navy seal and found the perfect partner in Luminox. www.luminox.com
The gentle curves and the rather complex interface of the HD3 Slyde are the creation of Jorg Hysek Jnr, the son of the famous French watch maker, Jorg Hysek. The titan housing is water-proof up to 30 meters and is delivered in silver or black. There are no actual buttons, just a battery level indicator on the side. www.slyde.ch
Less of the same, more of the different. We believe that life’s too beautiful for dull design and boring basics. That’s why we founded LEFF Amsterdam: to make outspoken objects that tell the time or light up their surroundings. Your life deserves interesting surroundings www.leffamsterdam.com
Zeit Zone Zurich repairs all watchbrands and is official Service partner of: Breitling, Certina, EBEL, Erwin Sattler, Glashütte Original, Hamilton, Hermés, IWC, JeanRichard, Jetzer et Fils, Longines, Omega, Parmigiani, Polar, Rado, TAG Heuer, Union Glashütte
Even if you do not wear your watch while swimming or diving, we recommend having the water resistance checked on a regular basis.
A water resistance test takes no more than two minutes, and protects your watch against possible water damage and you against expensive complete maintenance services. Naturally we provide this service for you free of charge.
At Kreuzplatz, we replace the batteries of your quartz watch immediately. While you’re admiring our display or relaxing with a cup of coffee, our watchmakers will immediately take care of your watches.
We constantly strive to perform small repairs as quickly as possible.
Breitling, Certina, EBEL, Erwin Sattler, Glashütte Original, Hamilton, Hermés, IWC, JeanRichard, Jetzer et Fils, Longines, Omega, Parmigiani, Polar, Rado, TAG Heuer, Union Glashütte
For a complete maintenance service we take apart the movement of your watch entirely, check and clean every single part, and replace or repair faulty parts. For modern watches (not much older than a hundred years) we have access to significantly more than a million spare parts, which we keep in storage.
After thorough cleaning the parts are assembled again, the movement is oiled and/or greased and the rate of the watch is adjusted. On request, casing parts and metal straps are refurbished to the best extent possible. All seals are replaced and once a final check has been performed you receive the watch back with a two-year complete maintenance service guarantee.
We recommend that you have your watches fully serviced by a specialist every seven to 10 years.
Restoration work differs from a complete maintenance service in that dials are in some cases refurbished. Hands receive a new fluorescent layer. Defective casings, be they wood or metal, are completely overhauled and restored. Broken or cracked glass is replaced. Jumpers and base plates can be polished or a new finish can be applied, for instance Côtes de Genève surface decoration. In some cases the movement parts are provided with new gold or rhodium plating. Screws are freshly polished and possibly blued by way of heating. Defective individual parts or individual components that may even have gone missing over the years are re-created true to their original so that your watch is restored to new splendour and can continue to be a piece of history. Work such as this is generally extremely complex and can easily take six and in some cases even up to 24 months to complete.
The images are a good representation of how casings wear away over the years, or, as is often the case, are not “reworked” in the correct manner or not with the care required. Corners and edges become rounded, and the casing loses shape and character. By refitting the original surfaces, the casing regains its shape and beauty. This refurbishment requires a number of work steps and usually takes more than 15 hours. Customers who decided to have their casing repaired in this elaborate manner were surprised and extremely pleased with the result, without exception.
For insurance purposes As the cover provided by standard household insurance is in most cases not sufficient, we recommend that you take out jewellery insurance cover. In order to provide such insurance for your jewellery and watches, most insurance companies require a so-called valuation. This is a service we would most certainly not want to withhold from our customers. By appointment, you can gladly bring us your jewellery and watches and we will, to the best of our knowledge and belief, compile a detailed list with images that includes all expenses required in the event of replacement. On request, we can also provide you with a CD containing high-resolution photos of all your valuables.
For purposes of inheritance The fact that the emotional value of your father’s pocket watch or of your grandmother’s engagement ring cannot always be printed out in monetary value is clear as daylight. By providing you with an inheritance valuation we make dividing up of bequeathments easier for you, and you are guaranteed an objective evaluation.
By collaborating closely with experienced master gold and silversmith Lars Arne Poell, we are able to offer you the level of service you have come to expect for your jewellery repairs, alterations or new creations as well.
Why not experience Arne’s craftsmanship for yourself and make you dreams come true?
As the condition and age, complexity and spare part prices vary a great deal, it is important to us to provide you with a quotation before beginning any complete maintenance services or restorations.
We do not have a “price list” as such, and are committed to thoroughly examine each and every watch, and provide you with a detailed report of all work required for your watch.
Our customers receive quotations at no charge and are in no way obliged to have any work required carried out.
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