CSEM commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the world’s first quartz watch in Tokyo

The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the world’s first quartz watch invented in Neuchâtel by its forerunner, the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH), with a technology workshop and a reception organized in Tokyo.

CSEM Workshop ©Science and Technology Office Tokyo

A delegation led by CSEM Vice-President Georges Kotrotsios visited Japan as part of a commemorative tour through Asia and in the U.S, and the event attracted almost 100 guests from industries, well-known companies and research institutes.

Ambassador Jean-François Paroz welcomed the visitors, and his opening words were followed by a keynote speech by Prof. Dr. Yuko Harayama, Executive Member of the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan. Prof. Harayama, who has an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Neuchâtel included in her presentation a concise history of the watch industry in Switzerland that impressed the audience. The participants were also very interested in the activities conducted by Mie Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., explained by Director and Executive Vice President Masahiro Chijiiwa in his technical keynote. Dr. Kotrotsios and the CSEM team introduced the development process of the first quartz watch 50 years ago, as well as more recent innovative research conducted at the Center. Guests were very enthusiastic about the visionary projects, notably in the healthcare sector, and many questions arose after the presentations.

Following the workshop, all participants were invited to a reception at the Swiss Residence, where a special cake with CSEM’s logo had been prepared for the occasion. Ambassador Paroz and his wife Dr. Yulia Gusynina Paroz raised their glasses together with their guests to celebrate the milestone, before sharing the cake.

The event was supported by the Science and Technology Office Tokyo and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

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