1941, JORAY-WYSS IS FOUNDED
Joray-Wyss was founded during the Second World War by Willy Wyss and his brother-in-law Ariste Joray; the pair started their business from this building in Malleray (which still stands to this day); they began with limited resources but with great determination and a desire to succeed. They developed a technical process for producing watch wheels which is still practised today. “Often imitated, never duplicated” as the saying goes.
1949, FIRST BUILD
Eight years later, a new building was erected near Malleray station. It was a very modern building for its time.
1982, CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT
Some 40 years after Joray-Wyss was founded, the company was passed onto the second generation: Claude Tschanz (Mr Joray’s son-in-law) and Rémy Wyss (Mr Wyss’ son). Our two directors had already had several years’ experience by the time they took over the management of the company.
This was a boom era for watchmaking. As volumes increased, the business needed to extend its premises, adding three windows to the right. Technically, progress lay in automating certain production processes such as wheel cutting, which were carried out by traditional artisans, or “little hands”. Production received a boost with the innovation of the loading drum.
2010, MASTERY & EXPERTISE
Complete mastery of the manufacture of high-end cogs: high-end mechanical watch movements require superior-quality cogs, particularly in terms of their appearance with exceptional finishes or decorations. These operations include circular graining, sunray decoration, sinking, snailing and surface polishing.
2014, NEW BUILD
A new building was constructed to mark a decade of development, thereby establishing the long-term success of this fine production tool in the service of our customers’ brands. At Joray-Wyss, we always work hard behind the scenes to ensure the highest quality for the manufactures we supply. This concern for discretion stems from the fact that quality is constantly called into question by the risks of production. Just as dust can stop a movement, a lack of rigour can have the same effect.