Victorinox Piece of Switzerland Series

The Victorinox Piece of Switzerland Series (Ein Stück Schweiz*), also known as the City or Tourist Series, is a set of Climber models that feature pictures of iconic Swiss scenery and locations. They were introduced in the Switzerland market in about 2005.

Initially this series included six models with identifiers from 1.3703.TE1 to 1.3703.TE6:

  • 1.3703.TE1: The enclosed footbridge over the River Reuss in Lucerne
  • 1.3703.TE2: The Matterhorn mountain, near Zermatt in Summer-time
  • 1.3703.TE3: The Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger mountains, (right to left) by Interlaken
  • 1.3703.TE4: The geyser fountain in Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) by Geneva (Genève)
  • 1.3703.TE5: Church spires in the the city of Zurich
  • 1.3703.TE6: The Medieval Clock Tower in the city of Berne

All of them were Climbers designed in the same style: With pictures of Swiss scenery and locations, the text SWITZERLAND and translucent red (ruby) scales, with the Victorinox shield.

Later, the seventh knife (1.3703.TE9 - Swiss Knife Valley) was added, which features the landscape of the so-called Swiss Knife Valley - A region in the canton of Schwyz bordered by the Kleiner und Grosser Mythen, Rigi and Stoos mountains and Lake Lucerne. Ibach, the home-city of the Victorinox company is located in this region.
Instead of the text SWITZERLAND, it was marked with SWISS KNIFE VALLEY, perhaps because the landscape in the picture - a view of the mountains Kleiner und Grosser Mythen - is less well-known in comparison to the pictures on the other models, or because Victorinox wanted to make the association with the Swiss Army Knife!

This series became very popular and there are some unofficial additions - Scales designed in a similar style, not by Victorinox, but by third-party contractors (first of all Alberto SA company - one of the largest Swiss souvenir suppliers) based on OEM knives.

Later, companies in many other countries worldwide (eg Austria, Germany, Ireland, France, Portugal, Brazil) began to produce similar editions, with scales featuring local sights, on regular Victorinox models usually Climbers, Spartans, and sometimes Huntsmen.
It is not known which scales are made directly by Victorinox and which by OEM manufacturers.

In total, more than fifty models with similar designs are known to exist (see MT.o link below).

* Source: Sammler und Sondereditionen, by Victorinox; Qd-00669.docx Version 13.07.2011, page 8
- Link to document

External Reference:

MultiTool.org thread on Tourist Models

Victorinox Piece of Switzerland Series
The Original Series - In Model-order Sequence
Some additional knives
Some Additional Tourist Models
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