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profile member asked on Jun 3, 2010

Shopping for watches and bags in Switzerland

Hi, this is regarding shoppings. Hope you could give some great recommendations.

Shopping for Watches/Clocks/Bags: Where can I get watches, cuckoo clocks at good pricing (means not mark up or tourist traps) ? Watches in mind are Rolexes. Bags in mind are Louis Vuitton (LV). Other items like Swiss knifes.

The likely places I pass by maybe Lucerne, Lugano, St Moritz, Interlaken OST/West, Andermatt, Zurich, Zermatt, Paris. Perhaps nearby Basel main train station.

Unfortunately, I did not go Geneva. However if recommendation is very strong, I can try to go there.

VAT questions: What do I need to pay attention pertaining to VAT claims ? I know the best is that the shop on the spot provide VAT rebate, if not, how and where I do the claim and collecting them. If it is alright to do it in this forum, please advice me on the VAT claiming for Paris purchase as well.



8 Answers

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Cairns

Hi,I bought a watch at the jewellers/clock maker in the old town in Lucerne.

I wear it every day and it has not missed a second--I love it.
The shop is not far from the old covered wooden bridge--sorry I can't remember the name of the shop and it was 2007 when I was there.
I hope it still is because it is a wonderful shop and they made wonderful cuckoo clocks and stocked all kinds of other things including swiss knives.

Good luck and enjoy your shopping.


answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Cairns

I am so sorry--I forgot to welcome you to VT---welcome.

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Lugano

In Lugano Both the Vuitton shop and Bucherer, authorized dealer of Rolex, are in Via Nassa, a street that runs parallel to the avenue by the lake, close to the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli.

The only other Swiss city of your list with a Vuitton shop is Zurich. It is somewhere near the station.

Rolex watches seem to have the same prices wherever you buy them. Do not expect to find discount shops for them in Switzerland. Some of the places you visit are just villages, so I am not sure if there are authorized dealers of Rolex there.

Swiss Army knives and cuckoo clocks can be found everywhere.

I am sorry I cannot help you with information about the VAT rebate, but keep in mind that in Switzerland it is just 7.6%, much lower than in the rest of Europe.

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Lugano

I see that my sentence about VAT may not be clear. I wanted to say that VAT is 7.6%, which is lower than in the EU.

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Bern

You are aware that the "cuckoo clock" is not a typical Swiss product right? Cuckoo Clocks come from the Black forest...

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Vienna

yes, I agree with KVB, Cuckoo clocks are really NO typical souvenir from Switzerland and 99,9% of them are made in China anyway,also those ones that you buy in Germany !
All over Switzerland and even on top of Jungfrau you will find shops for Swiss clocks and knives and in case that the prices vary a bit at all they will do so only in larger cities with more than 1 shop for the same product.

answered on 6/4/10 by
a VT member from Geneva

If you are really interested in a top-notch piece of Swiss watchmaking, visit
Gübelin in Lucerne:

[original link]

answered on 6/5/10 by
a VT member

Thanks for all that helpful inputs. Yes, I am aware that Cuckoo clocks originate from Germany.

It is the cheerful Swiss models (chalets, Heidi etc) and music box tune that appeals me. Quite sad to hear many cuckoo clocks are made in china.

I was hoping can get those German engines or from Lötscher.

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