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The Wristwatch

Margaret Maynard

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives 2010

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The wristwatch is a fascinating accessory for men and women. In the twenty-first century, it can be an important practical item, although, for many, cell phones have largely overtaken this function. Wristwatches are often mass produced, but equally they are ostentatious, stylishly engineered, deluxe accessories linked with exclusive high-fashion brands like Versace and Dior. Thus they may represent affluence and status or signal a particular occupation or a sporting activity, but they are also sy

Switzerland

Sigrid Pallmert

Translated by Kirsten Warner

Philipp Thüring

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe 2010

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As a multicultural country, dress in Switzerland has been characterized by a cosmopolitan outlook and adoption of international influences. Bourgeois styles have been dominant, but at various times communities of radical thinkers and avant-garde artists have made their mark on Swiss dress styles. For the rural population, regional and ethnic dress has been very important, to the extent that Swiss folklore has had a considerable influence on the perception of Switzerland. This is true even in the

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