Rochat & Fils SA
The Vallée de Joux, at an altitude of 1000 metres, located north-west
of Switzerland is part of the region called "L'Arc Jurassien"
and is famous not only for the beautiful landscape with its lake and
the mountains but also for its prestigious watch factories.
Probably because of the roughness of the climate, the locals have
developped a unique skill for watch making and micro-mechanical work.
Long time ago, because of the long winters and the isolation due to
bad road conditions, the locals had to find an occupation that hey
could do indoors with very little space and with the knowledge that
could only have been transmitted from generation to generation. Those
people have created and still realise, the most complicated watch
mechanisms in the world.
|Mr Alfred Rochat, a local and a great watchmaker
who trained people himself, created his own factory in 1941 with his
trainees who had become fully qualified.
Having previously bought the brand name AROLA, he then created the
firm "Arola Alfred Rochat and Sons Ltd" while still working
with the world's most prestigious brands.
Le fondateur Alfred Rochat avec ses fils
|The watches produced by this firm have
had a constant evolution throughout the years, from the basic chronometer
to more complicated features such as moon phasis indicator, tide indicator,
double time zone and many more.
The products are based on existing patterns which are modified
to add those complex features. This work is developped and realised
by the technical team with digital technologies together with specific
machinery adapted for the different ranges.
The aim of this evolution is to satisfy more and more clients, and
it is also for the pleasure of the technical challenge.
Every watch made by Arola Alfred Rochat and Sons Ltd is not a simple
watch, it is a technical jewel, made by a Swiss factory with great
skills and passion for mechanical work.
AROLA Alfred Rochat & Fils SA
CH-1346 Les Bioux