In 1884, Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz. At this time Switzerland was still one of the poorer countries in Europe. In the early years Karl Elsener worked to combat poverty and unemployment in the Schwyz basin, creating jobs and helping stem the flow of emigration.
In 1891 he supplied the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army for the first time. He went on to develop the Swiss Officer’s and Sports Knife – now the iconic Swiss Army Knife – in 1897, creating the foundation for a flourishing company that would be able to hold its own on the world stage.
From then on, his spirit of solidarity, deep roots in the region and strong commitment to solid values shaped the Victorinox company philosophy.
Since 1989, we've been making watches right here in Switzerland. Each one is crafted and designed to strike the perfect balance between performance and timeless elegance. And by the time you put a Victorinox watch on your wrist, it's already passed over 100 quality control tests; so you know it will be ready for anything and appropriate for every occasion.
Victorinox guarantees that its products meet the highest standards in all areas and quality is never compromised, regardless of the production site. Victorinox watches are manufactured in Switzerland.
It is this level of quality that has allowed Victorinox to become a leader in Switzerland and the rest of the world.