EPHJ : The Geneva watchmaking trade show celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Environnement Professionnel Horlogerie Joaillerie exhibition will be held from June 14 to 17 at Palexpo in Geneva, with over 20,000 visitors expected.



Environnement Professionnel Horlogerie Joaillerie is Switzerland’s most important annual trade fair for high precision, subcontracting in watchmaking and jewelry, microtechnology and medical technology.


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the show, which will see an increase in participation compared to September 2021. It will be an opportunity to highlight innovation, employment, business and youth. Indeed, 6 years after the first edition, EPHJ has once again questioned young Swiss people, via a national survey of 16-25 year olds, to better understand their aspirations, their consumption and their perception of watches and their universe. The results show an interesting evolution of their habits in this area, with, in particular, a change in their preferred brand. The complete results will be unveiled during the first day of the Show in the presence of watch experts, around a debate.


This year, the number of exhibiting companies has increased by 26% compared to September 2021, reaching more than 700 exhibitors. 15 different countries will be represented among the exhibitors, including the United States, although the majority of exhibitors will remain Swiss, with 22 cantons represented. French companies will not be outdone with, for example, Authentic Material, which will present in the start-up area, its material innovations in the fields of watchmaking and luxury jewelry. Their know-how? Collecting natural materials that are no longer used in order to transform them into materials of superior quality or utility.



One of the current concerns of the high-precision watchmaking market is the difficulty of recruiting in an increasingly tight market where recruitment periods are getting longer. Following a survey of exhibitors, nearly a third of them replied that they currently have open positions and are ready to recruit. This is why the show has decided to dedicate the last day to this theme, in partnership with JobWatch, which will mobilize its large network of candidates to organize a Job Dating session on June 17. Candidates, future graduates or future apprentices will have the opportunity to meet numerous companies looking for talent during this special day.


Among the highlights will be the famous Round Tables, which will address daily themes around current industry topics such as the need to see more clearly in the jungle of certifications and other ESG/CSR labels, innovation opportunities for high-precision or the current trend of Swiss watchmaking to develop mainly towards the high-end.


The “Exhibitors’ Grand Prix” will reward the best innovation of the year, voted by its peers among all the technological advances that will be presented this year. Finally, the winners of the Watch Medtech Challenge will also be revealed to highlight the links between watchmaking and medical technologies.


The EPHJ show will be held from June 14 to 17 at Palexpo in Geneva. For more information, click here.





Featured photo : © EPHJ


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Hélène Cougot
Passionate about art and fashion, Hélène went to a fashion design school: the Atelier Chardon-Savard. She then completed her training with an MBA in Marketing at ISG. She has written for the magazine Do it in Paris and specializes in writing articles about luxury, art and fashion for Luxus +.

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