If a Watch Says ‘Glashütte,’ It Actually Has to Be Made There

A regulation now requires local brands to ensure that at least 50 percent of a timepiece’s ‘added value’ is created in the town.

In recent years, at least 60 percent of the manufacturing costs of a watch had to be incurred in Switzerland before the watch could be labeled “Swiss Made.”

Now watches made in Glashütte, Germany, a mountain town of about 1,600 inhabitants near the country’s border with the Czech Republic that has long been considered the seat of Germany’s high-end watchmaking, are subject to a similar rule.

The regulation affects nine manufacturers, including the internationally known brands A. Lange & Söhne and Nomos Glashütte. And while six of them said

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