Training and education

Institute of Swiss Watchmaking (IOSW)


The ever-increasing demand for luxury watches translates into a growing demand for qualified craftsmen and women to service these products. To help meeting this demand, the Institute of Swiss Watchmaking was founded in 2008 by Richemont to provide dedicated, career-minded individuals with the education and training to become a part of this exciting profession.


Train dedicated career-minded individuals in watchmaking know-how and expertise.


Three schools based in Dallas (NAIOSW - North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking), Hong-Kong (HKIOSW - Hong Kong Institute of Swiss Watchmaking) and Shanghai (CNIOSW – China Institute of Swiss Watchmaning) were opened between 2009 and 2011. These schools prepare students for the internationally recognised WOSTEP certification, a symbol of "Swiss made" excellence in this field.


Vacheron Constantin’s partnership with the IOSW is a valuable complement to its training policy. The goal is to develop and perpetuate, on a worldwide basis, a combination of know-how and expertise in the field of high-end watchmaking that will enable the brand to offer its customers high-quality local service.


As part of this partnership, Vacheron Constantin will welcome interns from the school, offering the best students the chance to visit the Manufacture and making specific watchmaking training materials available to them.

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