Arogno

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Arogno is a village in Ticino in Italian-speaking Switzerland. It has had a watch factory since 1873 and continues to be a low cost producer of watches to the present time.

Manzoni & Cie.

Italian Switzerland saw its first watch factory in the form of an ebauche factory established in 1873 in Arogno by Manzoni and Cie. This firm was founded in Porrentruy a few years earlier but established the operation in Arogno to exploit the hydraulic power and low-cost labor there. As of 1897 it employed 50 workers, half of whom were women.

Société coopérative d’IIorlogerie à Arogno

The Société coopérative d’IIorlogerie à Arogno was in operation by 1893, producing ébauches.

This may have been replaced by De Vecci & Cie. by 1913 and then Fabrique d'Horlogerie SA in 1922 through 1932.

Fabrique d'Ebauches Réunies d'Arogno SA

Fabrique d'Ebauches Réunies d'Arogno SA appears in 1933 and likely merged the operations of Manzoni and the others in the town under Ebauches SA.