The Twenty-five Francs denomination of the Swiss Franc was used for the first time in 2022 to issue a non-circulating platinum coin. This was then followed by a gold 25 CHF coin with the specifications of an earlier gold 25 Francs pattern made between 1955 and 1959 which was never released.
Given that Switzerland has four official languages, the Franc has three different names: Franken in German, franc in French and Romansh, and franco in Italian. These coins are non-circulating legal tender made for collectors.
The Timemachine (or "Time Machine") is the first gold 25 CHF coin released by Switzerland - earlier coins in this format were patterns only. The importance of the Swiss watchmaking industry and the worldwide popularity of its products are symbolically represented on the coin with a watch movement and globe.
The beginnings of watchmaking in Switzerland are closely linked to the Huguenot religious refugees who came to Geneva in the 16th century and brought their craftsmanship with them. From Geneva, known locally as the city of Calvin, watchmaking spread all over Switzerland. The importance of the Swiss watchmaking industry and the worldwide popularity of its products are symbolically represented on the coin with a watch movement and globe.
The coin was designed by Remo Lienhard, professionally known as "Wes 21".