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Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

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Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

After a Longines watch - will prices be the same as in the UK? Where would you go in Geneva and can you haggle?


Mannheim, Germany
Destination Expert
for Zurich, Mannheim
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1. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

>can you haggle?

Is haggling an usual practice in uscale shops in UK???

Destination Expert
for Switzerland, Montreux, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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2. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!


No, you can't haggle. I had my eye on a watch and saw the same watch on sale at the same exact price in jewelry stores all over Vaud, the Valais, & Zurich. I believe the prices are set nationally. If you see the one you want, just buy it.


London, UK
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3. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

I have been a regular visitor to Switzerland for more than 20 years. It is a wonderful country but I have never found anything cheap there. If there is any difference in watch prices between Switzerland and the UK I would be certain that they will be higher in Switzerland. If you want to save money buy on the internet.

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4. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

Good choice. I have been wanting to invest in the Longines Evidenza for quite a while. When cash flow allows, I will buy it.

Londonbob is wrong. One of the advantages of travelling to Switzerland is that watches will be cheaper and clearly less costly than anywhere in London.

You may find some Longines watches in the two main department stores, Manor or/and Globus, but I have seen them in some of the watch shops along the rue du Mont-Blanc going towards the lake.

There are also a few specialised boutiques with multiple brands. You will find Longines at:

- Les Ambassadeurs, 39 rue du Rhône (sells Blancpain, Breitling, Cartier, Corum, Ebel, Chaumet, Omega, Panerai, Vacheron Constantin, Franck Muller, Ulysse Nardin, Longines, Jaeger Lecoultre, IWC, Lange & Söhne, Girard Peregaux, Chaumet).

Have fun.

Destination Expert
for Helsinki, Finland
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5. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

Even if the price would be the same in UK and CH you should get a VAT refund when exporting the watch. Omega watches seemed to be in the same price range as in Finland, so I would not expect any great savings.

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6. Re: Geneva or Berne to buy a watch!

You'll have the LARGEST choice of brands and models and prices of swiss watches in no other country than Switzerland....

To reduce the price: if you can pay cash instead with credit card you'll get a discount (I don't know how much though). And, if you/ you and your partner/friend buy together a couple of watches at a certain price you can ask the sales person if he/she can "make a price" for you, but as said previously, definitely not if you buy "only" one watch.

To the title of your post: Geneva has a lot more jewellery shops than Berne and therefore a larger selection, but Berne has the major swiss brands as well (Longines, Tissot, Zenith, Omega, Rolex, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Blancpain, Breitling, Tag Heuer, and so on....). The swiss brands have set prices for their watches all over the country. So a certain model of Rolex will cost exactly the same price in a large and luxury shop in Geneva and in a smaller jewellery shop of a small town.

Good shopping!


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