Kirchhofer

Interlaken - Grindelwald - Jungfraujoch - Lucerne

1944

Founding Year

230

Employees

The family-owned enterprise Kirchhofer is one of the leading watch and jewellery stores in Switzerland and also offers luxury leather goods, high quality cosmetic and beauty products, gifts and souvenirs. The name Kirchhofer is internationally known and recognized throughout the watch and jewellery industry. It stands for excellent quality and outstanding customer service.

Jürg Kirchhofer (CEO) about Kirchhofer AG:

"Since its founding in 1944, the company has expanded continuously thanks to steady growth and successful management. Today, the company Kirchhofer runs nine stores in Interlaken, Top of Europe (Jungfraujoch) and Grindelwald. In 2011, Kirchhofer also incorporated the retail store Ruckli in Lucerne. The Kirchhofer affiliates offer the world's widest range of Swiss watch brands and an attractive assortment of jewellery, leather goods, high quality cosmetic and beauty products, gifts and souvenirs. Additionally, the two Haute Horlogerie boutiques in Interlaken offer watch lovers the opportunity to gaze upon exquisite timepieces in a charming surrounding. Kirchhofer maintains the relationship with its Asian partners and customers through eight promotion offices in Asia, which cooperate with local tour operators and promote the Interlaken region as well as the Kirchhofer products and services. Currently, the company Kirchhofer employs approximately 230 knowledgeable, multilingual sales consultants who competently and comprehensively advice local and foreign clients in over 30 languages - 365 days per year. According to the company's philosophy, Kirchhofer strives to find the most constructive, most productive and most satisfactory solution even for the most complex requirements. At Kirchhofer, the customer remains King - before, during and after the purchase. For the promising future of the company, Jürg Kirchhofer and his team have the firm intention to not only maintain the current high-level, but constantly increase it."

Our Philosophy

Finding instead of Searching

Our goal is to offer watch and jewellery lovers everything they desire under one roof.

Customer is King

We are here for our local and international clientele - before, during and after the purchase

Brand Ambassador

As the official representative of over 100 Swiss watch brands we are able to offer comprehensive advice to all our customers.

Expertise

Through systematic training and education, we constantly increase the expertise of our employees.

Innovation

We support talented watchmakers and young entrepreneurs by providing them with a platform to present their masterpieces to a watch-savy, knowledgeable clientele.

All year

No matter the weather outside or your mood inside - at Kirchhofer, you can enjoy a moment in watch paradise at any time.

Our History

Business founded

In 1944, Fritz Kirchhofer founded the Kirchhofer AG and opened the first specialist watch store in Interlaken.

Interlaken Store

In 1968, Fritz Kirchhofer expanded his business by moving into the current Kirchhofer headquarters in the Casino Gallery at the entrance of the Kursaal in Interlaken.

Business taken over by 2nd Generation

In 1982, the founder passed the company on to his children. While he entrusted the watch brand Heno to his daughter Helen, he handed over the responsibility for the watch stores to his son Jürg, the current owner and CEO of the Kirchhofer group.

Grindelwald & Brienz

In 1997, Jürg Kirchhofer opened a Kirchhofer store in Grindelwald, called Kirchhofer Collections. In 1999, a Kirchhofer store was opened in Brienz, called Kirchhofer Swiss Arts.

Top of Europe

In light of the company’s philosophy, in 2005, at the Top of Europe (Jungfraujoch) at 3571 meters, the highest watch store in the world opened its doors - Kirchhofer High Time.

Haute Horlorgerie

In 2006, Kirchhofer celebrated the opening of the first Haute Horlogerie boutique, which offers some of the most prestigious and exclusive luxury watch brands.

Haute Horlorgerie II

Due to high demand, a second Haute Horlogerie boutique was opened in 2011. The boutique offers watch lovers the opportunity to gaze upon exquisite timepieces in a charming surrounding.

Ruckli Lucerne

At the end of 2011, the retail store Ruckli in Lucerne was incorporated by Kirchhofer.

Renovation of Top of Europe Store

In 2012, the Kirchhofer High Time store at Jungfraujoch has undergone a renovation and rejuvenation, doubling the size of the shop; no mean feat due to its location.

Renovation of Headquarters Interlaken

In 2012/13, the Kirchhofer Headquarters in Interlaken, the Casino Gallery, was completely renovated and expanded through three phases of construction.

Lifestyle

The opening of the Lifestyle Boutique in April 2015 marked another important milestone in the history of the company. Kirchhofer’s Lifestyle boutique is simply a 'must' for every quality-conscious trendsetter, lovers of designer leather goods and accessories, high-quality cosmetic products, functional quality housewares and gifts.

Future

For the promising future of the company Jürg Kirchhofer and his team have the firm intention to not only maintain the current high-level, but constantly increase it.