Delma Watch Ltd.
population 5,000, lies about 10 miles from Bienne. It's on the
main road into town that I find the three-story villa-style building
housing Delma Watch. A small fishpond dominates the front yard.
It looks like a house that has been converted into offices but
CEO Fred Leibundgut says that's not the case. The company was
founded here in 1924 and this building was purpose built back
then for offices and watch assembly facilities, the later located
in the basement and first floor. The top floor is an apartment
rented out to a watchmaker. The surrounding area is primarily
Delma secures contracts to manufacture high-end watches for other
companies. Buy a watch from Gucci or Harrods and it might have
been produced by Delma.
A dozen employees work here. Parking isn't a problem-there's
even covered parking for bicyclists, it's one and half-hours
to nearest airport (Zurich) and there's no cafeteria but a small