In 1845 Adolph Lange founded his watch workshop in Glashutte, Germany. 100 years later, the A. Lange & Sohne factory was destroyed during a World War II bombing raid. After the German reunification of 1990, his great grandson, Walter Lange decided to bring back the family legacy. 15 years later, Lange has created the technical firsts such as the first watch with a fusee and chain transmission, a tourbillon, and a rattrapante chronograph combined in one movement.
Singularly styled yet horologically well rendered watches in the most colorful and playful combinations of hands, dial and strap colors. You will need to get used to people staring at your wrist if you wear a Silberstein watch.
Audemars Piguet is definitely regarded as a top tier watch manufacturer. It is one of the oldest and most established Swiss watchmakers, the company was a partnership between Jules Audemars and Edward Piguet officially formed in 1889. They focused on only high-quality, complex ultra-precise watches. To this day, Audemars Piguet is the oldest watch manufacturer still owned by it?s founding family.
Bedat (pronounced bay-da) was founded in 1996 by Christian Bedat and his mother Simone. Simone had for 50 years been involved with several watch manufacturers and was a minority owner in Raymond Weil. Christian had been art director at Raymond Weil. The brand has enjoyed significant growth and recognition for its contemporary yet classic designs and its quality at a somewhat modest price level.
Bell & Ross was born in 1992 by a team of designers and specialists of aircraft and space controls joined together to create watches perfectly suiting a professional use. Nowadays astronauts, pilots, divers and bomb disposal experts us Bell & Ross watches as tools for their missions. The brand has captured a rapidly growing marketplace with male watch afficionados who admire it's masculine, military like appearance.
Blancpain was founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain. In 1926 it was the first company to bring to the french market an automatic watch. After a 50 year halt, Blancpain is revitalized by JC Biver and Jacques Piguet. They produced split second chronographs, tourbillons and repeaters. The Swatch Group purchased Blancpain in 2000. To this day, Blancpain produces less than 10,000 pcs per year. The factory is right next to the famous movement maker Frederic Piguet. Therefore, it can be said that Blancpain features an in-house movement. It should also be pointed out that Blancpain does not use an assembly line production rather each watchmaker assembles a watch from start to finish.
Bovet watches are magnificent works of art, whose origins date back to 1822, the year in which Edouard and Alphonse Bovet founded their workshop in the picturesque Val-de-Travers region of Switzerland. Today, under the guidance of Pascal Raffy, an entrepreneur with a passion for haute horlogerie, the Manufacturer Bovet is thriving, producing exquisite and unique timepieces distinguished by their elegant pocket watch-inspired form, sumptuous details, and rare specialties. From charming and extraordinary complications such as tourbillons and minute repeaters, to rare artisanal crafts such as enamel painting and fleurisanne engraving, each Bovet timepiece is brought patiently to life under the practiced hand of the master watchmaker.
In 1775, A.L. Breguet founded his company and soon became an official supplier to the French Royal family. He invents the first self-winding watch, first repeater, and first tourbillon. He utilized moon phase perpetual calendars, and with the help of Napoleon, he invented the hinged ?half-hunter?. The company was resurrected in the 1980s by the owners of the Parisian Jewelers Chaumet. They later sold the company and after changing hands again the company was purchased by the Swatch Group. Today the company is overseen by Nicholas Hayek the Chairman of the Board of Swatch Group. The company is producing Tourbillons in volume and the future is extremely bright.
Breitling was founded in 1884 by Leon Breitling in St. Imier, Switzerland. His specialty from the start was the production of Chronographs. In 1936, most airplanes were fitted with Breitling chronographs. In the mid 90's, Breitling launched the life-saving
The family that started Bvlgari descend from Greek silversmiths that got their reputation from making precious objects out of silver. In the mid 1800?s, this family moved to Rome and opened up the first Bvlgari store in via Sistina. The now famous
The history of Cartier is fantastic, as it invented many styles of watches that are still produced today. Founded in 1847 by Louis-Franois Cartier, this company was originally a jewelry boutique. The first wrist watch made by Cartier was called the Santos Dumont named after the Brazilian Aviator in 1904. 2 years later, Cartier began experimenting with jewel ? encrusted watches. 1917 saw the introduction of the famous Cartier Tank watch. Long regarded as the single most important and influential watch design of the 20th century, the distinctive timepiece was designed in tribute to the Allied Tank commanders who helped defend France during World War I. Today its watches are Swiss-made with French high style.
Founded in 1860 by Louis Ulysse Chopard, this company soon acquired an excellent reputation for its precision watches. The Chopard watches were so precise, that they became one of the main suppliers to the Swiss railway - known for their punctuality. Just about a century into its legacy, Chopard was purchased by jewelry entrepreneur Karl Scheufele in 1963. In 1976, Chopard unveiled the now-famed Happy Diamonds collection to the world.
The brand Chopard had a re-birth in 1996 when they released a new watch featuring an in-house movement called LUC. From there, they created strong brand awareness with their floating diamond
Fine watchmaking manufacturer Christophe Claret offers highly complex and exclusive timepieces, reserved for devotees of rare and precious objects. The watches in the collection are truly exceptional mechanisms. They testify to expertise resolutely geared towards technological innovation and consistently pushing back the limits of watchmaking in order to offer original ways of reading the time. Christophe Claret draws the best from traditional watchmaking excellence in inventing his own horological future.
Founded by Gerd-R. Lang in Munich, Germany in 1985, Chronoswiss has become an icon of Superior watch manufacturing that truly rivals the elite swiss brands. Chronoswiss has a unique appearance with traditional hand craftmanship and modern innovation. Every year Chronoswiss debuts something new and innovative in horology. The brand has attracted collectors and afficianados throughtout the world.
Established in 1908 in Bienne, Switzerland, Concord is renowned for luxury, innovation, and the quest for slim timepieces. Its greatest achievement to date must surely be the ground-breaking Delirium IV wristwatch. Measuring just less than 1mm thick when it was unveiled in 1980, it was the world's thinnest watch. Concord's regular product introductions, penchant for luxurious materials, and technical achievements in watchmaking, ensure that its clientele are always at the forefront of fashion and watchmaking mastery.
Corum is a relative new comer to the Swiss Watch industry ? it was founded in 1956 by Gaston Ries and Rene Bannwart (a designer from Omega). From the beginning, Corum set out to only produce watches that were both unusual and extravagant. The company was sold to Severin Wunderman (the man who built the Gucci watch business to enormous size and then sold it back to Gucci) in the year 2000. Corum continues to set itself apart from other companies with it?s ability to make odd and unusual creations.
In the exclusive segment of Haute Horlogerie, there are some companies that will not leave connoisseurs emotionless. Definitely, Cvstos is among those. A new Swiss brand, based on a powerful and holistic concept, which takes the challenge to set a trend and create a demand, through a new watchmaking approach, by taking into consideration four fundamental values.
Founded in 1989, Daniel Roth is relatively new to the international horological community. The trademark double elipse case is instantly recognizable and classically styled. The small company, based in Vallee de Joux in Switzerland, produces a very limited number of exquisite haute horlogerie timepieces each year. Aficianados know Daniel Roth for its complications, and new releases are eagerly awaited.
DeWitt was founded by Jerome de Witt in Vandoeuvres in 2002. Following the presentation of its Pressy Grande Complication at Basel 2003, De Witt has gone on to launch an exceptional array of complications and avante garde designs. The Brand picked up a Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix award for Innovation in 2005 and continues to innovate especially conerning complications. In 2007, the manufactory moved to new headquarters in Vernier, Switzerland. The brand has built up a dedicated cult following world-wide.
Located in the heart of the Jura Bernois region, Dimier 1738 is regrouping more than 70 highly skilled artisans. ?
Research, design, development and production of Artisanal Luxury Watchmaking movements particularly with complications, the 2000 sq. meters of workshops in Tramelan bring with them the essential know-how and quality workmanship in manufacturing haute horlogerie movements. ?
Pascal Raffy, President and Owner of Dimier 1738 and Bovet Fleurier SA, intends to maintain the highest standards in terms of quality while limiting production and respecting delivery terms.
There is no need to be surprised by the absolute perfection of Dubey & Schaldenbrand's high-end Swiss timepieces. These elegant watches, with their beautifully curved lines, encompass a feminine sensibility and subtility. Place your ear closely to one of these magnificent watches and ? you will be enchanted by the melodious
Ebel was founded in 1911 in La Chaux de Fonds Switzerland by Eugene Blum and Alice Levy. The company for much of it's life produced watches for other watch brands and when Pierre Alain Blum (scion of the Blum family) arrived in the 1980s a new and modern Ebel was launched. Throughout the 1980s and the 1990s Ebel was the fastest growing watch brand in Switzerland. The company was sold to Luxury giant Louis Vuitton, Moet, Hennesy in 2000 and in 2006 sold again to the Movado Group ?(Movado, Concord and Esquire).
Francois-Paul Journe graduated from Watchmaking school in Paris in 1976 and began a career that is today at the pinnacle of watchmaking. His inventions and innovations are the work of creativity and mastery and he has earned numerous awards for his breakthrough inventions of complicated mechanisms. A true manufacturer (producing virtually all of the watch components and based on movements exclusively his creation) his brand has grown to great prominence in less than 20 years.
FRANC VILA's Timepieces reinvent forms, building into the future while respecting the past, and perpetuate the watchmaking tradition with its collections, which include the most prestigious complications with the characteristic
Franck Muller has enjoyed tremendous success in the ten years since its creation. At age 23, Muller entered the famous Geneva School of Watchmaking, and during his 4 years there, he received the highest distinctions and prizes. In 1983, he created his first wristwatches, all created entirely by him with complicated movements. Since then, every year Muller unveils a World Premiere, for example: a Tourbillon, a Tourbillon with jumping hours, a Tourbillon with Minute Repeater, and even an inverted Tourbillon with Minute Repeater and Perpetual Calendar. He established his company, Franck Muller Geneve, in 1992. This same year one of his models with a Grande and Petite Sonnerie received the title
The man Gerald Genta is behind some of the most iconic modern timepieces - Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak, Patek's Nautilus and Bulgari-Bulgari - all were designed by him, and their timeless designs are testament to Genta's genius. In 1969 he formed the manufacture carrying his legendary name, Gerald Genta. Since then, the manufacture, famous for its horlogical complications has found a niche among aficianados of fine timekeepers.
Gevril offers some original designs and some derivatively styled watches -- think Blancpain and Roger Dubuis. The watches are good quality and the derivatively styled models are priced well below the watches that they imitate. During the early 2000s, Gevril produced a chronograph named the Tribeca, which is aesthetically identical to a Rolex
One of the most incredible legends of our time, Versace is a name respected around the world. Established by Italian Gianni Versace, the company is an icon of fashion and design. The name Versace has always stood for quality and prestige. Originating from Italy, Versace has expanded all over the world into hundreds of categories. Each individual piece shows expert craftsmanship and precision. Never has fashion, style and design met Swiss-made precision and technology in a more striking and innovative way. The timepiece collection is a brilliant mix of women?s and men?s watches that combine color, fashion-forward design and technical excellence.
Girard-Perregaux was founded in 1856 when Constantin Girard married Marie Perregaux. Soon after, the company really made a name for itself when it unveiled at the Paris Universal Exhibition the masterpiece,
Glashütte was founded in 1845. However, the East German government consolidated it in 1951. Following the German reunification in 1990, Glashütte reestablished itself. In the year 2000, The Swatch Group purchased Glashütte and has attempted to utilize its company?s traditions. Glashutte only makes timepieces in limited editions and are all mechanical masterpieces.
George Graham (1673-1751), best known as the father of the chronograph, was the first great 18th century clockmaker to be admitted to the Royal Society. The name is now attached to a Swiss brand reviving British horological tradition. Limited annual production and well defined chronographs are the hallmark of the Graham brand. Today, the brand has regained its rightful place in the world of precision watchmaking due to the commitment of its owners to follow in the heritage to which Graham dedicated himself. Launched in 2001 the company is based in La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland.
Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey are two of the most qualified and expert watchmakers in the extant field of horology. Their dedication to the pursuit of peerless quality is expressed in their unique and superlative manufactured movements that are available to the discerning few.
Greubel Forsey is a watchmaking company specializing in very high-end complicated timepieces. It was launched in 2004 by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey and is based in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.
It has made itself a name as a watch manufacturer, specially thanks to its invention of watches with two and four tourbillon mechanisms in the same watch case, and the patented mechanisms that allows them to get their force from the same main spring.
Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey launched Greubel Forsey in 2004 at Baselworld with the introduction of their Double Tourbillon 30? (DT30). Both men had been working together since 1992 at Renaud & Papi, where they developed complicated watch movements.
In 2006 the Richemont group acquired a 20% stake in Greubel Forsey?s share capital.
In 2006 the company collaborated with American jeweller Harry Winston to make the Opus 6 model.
The company has also invented and presented four different tourbillon-based watches: the Double Tourbillon 30? (DT30?) in 2004, the Quadruple Tourbillon à Différentiel in 2005, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Incliné in 2006, and the Invention Piece 1 in 2007, derived from the original DT30.
THE HYDRO MECHANICAL HOROLOGIST HAVE TURNED UTOPIA INTO REALITY – MIXING MECHANICS AND LIQUID WITHIN A WRISTWATCH. WHILE TRULY ADDICTED TO NONCONFORMISM, THEY HAVE DRAWN UPON THE STRICTEST CODES IN FINE WATCHMAKING – AND FELT ENTIRELY FREE TO SHATTER THEM! BY ACHIEVING THE INCREDIBLE CHALLENGE OF INDICATING THE TIME WITH WATER, THEY HAVE NOT SO MUCH PROPELLED A NEW UFO INTO THE WATCHMAKING STRATOSPHERE, AS THEY HAVE IN FACT PULVERIZED ALL CERTAINTIES BY UNITING TWO WORLDS THAT ARE SUPPOSEDLY DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED. NEVER SINCE THE WATER CLOCKS OF THE PHARAOHS, HAVE THE LAWS OF GRAVITY BEEN OVERCOME TO TRANSPOSE THIS ENERGY IN A PORTABLE WATCH. HYT HAS DONE IT. H1 AND H2 REPRESENT A NEW WAY OF TIMEKEEPING THAT MARRIES HIGH WATCHMAKING AND SCIENCE, WITH CUTTING EDGE DESIGN BRINGING THEM TOGETHER.
Harry Winston was born in 1896 and by the 1930s was buying and selling the most fabulous diamonds and jewelry in the world. In 1935 he acquires the 726 carat Jonker diamond and in 1949 the Hope diamond which he later donates to the Smithsonian. He dies in 1978. Today his son Ronald directs the company. In 1989 Harry Winston company launches a watch collection that today includes spectacular one of a kind jewelled timepieces that sell in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, as well as the haute horology
Carlo Crocco grew up in a family of watchmakers in Italy and in 1980 defied convention by creating a solid gold Hublot fitted with the first black strap in natural rubber and a sensation was born. The brand has many successes in the 1980s but when watch industry genius Jean Claude Biver joined the firm in 2004 a phenomena was born. The Big Bang series of watches have become one of the hottest watches in the world and demand so far outstrips supply that numerous models sell at a premium above retail when they can be found at all.
Originally, IWC was an American company producing watches in Switzerland for the US market. In 1868, the company moved to Schaffhausen, Switzerland. IWC really made a name for itself in World War II by making intricate Pilot?s Watches. IWC has long been regarded amongst the finest Swiss manufacturers of watches and they have continued to produce spectacular complicated pieces to maintain and expand their reputation. Minute repeaters, Perpetual Calendars and the Grand Complication are amongst the most admired pieces made. In 2000 IWC was purchased by Luxury giant Richemont (Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Le Coultre, Piaget, Mt. Blanc and Vacheron Constantin) and the new management is enjoying significant growth.
The history of Jaeger LeCoultre goes back over 150 years ago. Jacques LeCoultre was a leading supplier of watch parts and movements to many of the biggest Swiss Watchmakers such as Vacheron, Audemars, IWC, and Patek. When LeCoultre joined forces with Edmund Jaeger, the company went a whole new direction. They introduced their own line of watches ? manufactured completely in-house. And to this day, Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the few companies in Switzerland that still produces its own movements, cases, dials, hands, and bracelets. Virtually every single component in a Jaeger-LeCoultre watch is hand-finished, produced in-house. In 2000 Richemont (Cartier, Baume & Mercier, Piaget, IWC and Mt. Blanc) acquired Jaeger-LeCoultre.
In late 2005, Girard Perregaux owned Daniel JeanRichard became JeanRichard. The firm is looking to step out from under Girard Perregaux and have a go at the upper echelons of the watch market. JeanRichard introduced their own movement a short time ago. The model lineup features some immpressive watches that are priced lower than their Girard Perregaux cousins. Unfortunately, like Girard Perregaux watches, JeanRichards watches also sell at a deep discount. While that may be bad news for the company's owners, it's good news for watch lovers who want to get a top level watch at an affordable price.
MB&F (Maximilian Besser and Friends) Based around one very simple and fundamental ideal: to assemble dedicated Collectives of talented horological artisans, artists and professionals – all friends – to design and craft each year a radical and original horological masterpiece. By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing their passion and creativity and crediting each individual's essential role, MB&F uses their synergy to become much greater than the sum of its parts. MB&F is above all a human adventure... a human adventure with just one goal: to create incredible horological machines. In 2015 MB&F celebrates its 10th Anniversary: 10 years and 10 calibres!
In 1961, Zurich-based Desco von Schulthess AG acquired an assembly facility in Saignelégier, a town in the Canton of Jura, where it produced private label watches for the national and international market. In 1975, the company introduced its first watch under the name of Maurice Lacroix. In the fall of 2001, Maurice Lacroix S.A., previously a division of Desco von Schulthess AG, became an independent company. Today, Maurice Lacroix is one of the most successful Swiss watch brands, both nationally and internationally, and is represented in 45 countries all over the world. The company is one of the few independent Swiss watch manufacturers. Over the years, Maurice Lacroix has made significant investments continuously to keep the technology up-to-date. The assembly facility - together with the training and information centre opened in 2001 and the extension completed in January 2002 - is currently one of the most modern in the industry.
Panerai is the most famous Italian watch company. But keep in mind, Panerai is now produced in Switzerland, not Italy. Originally founded in Florence in the 1860?s, this ?watch workshop? was commissioned by the Italian Navy to produce a watch that could be easily read underwater. This early prototype was actually fitted with Rolex parts. Currently Panerai produces a very limited number of pieces and therefore keeps demand high.
Omega was founded in 1848. In 1931 it gained international fame when it was choosen to be the official time-keeper of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1969 it really becomes famous as it becomes known as the
Patek Philippe was established in 1851 between Antoine Patek and Jean A Philippe. This duo layed the foundation which allowed Patek Philippe to dominate the Swiss watch industry for over 150 years. In 1863 they invented the
Who would have imagined on 9 January 1729 that this little boy who had just arrived in this world in the mountains of the Neuchâtel region, was destined to become a master in his field? More than two centuries later he?s a respected and much admired personality, and the historians are still paying homage to this great man.
Piaget was founded in 1874 in La-Cotes-aux-Fees Switzerland. The first workshop was on Georges Piaget family's farm. Within the first 100 years the name became synonomous with glamour and luxury and spectacular style. Always known for it's haute joaillier watches it was 1979 that Piaget would launch it's most famous product the
No other watch manufacturer departs so much from the traditional techniques of watchmaking. Unveiled to the world in 2001, the RM 001 Tourbillon broke from watchmaking tradition. From its avante-garde design, to its innovative use of materials and manufacturing processes the RM 001 stunned the watch world. Now well into the RM series, Richard Mille continues to produce racing-inspired time pieces of unique design.
Roger Dubuis is one of the youngest companies to achieve top tier status. It was formed in 1995 as a partnership between Roger Dubuis and Carlos Diaz. All pieces are limited to just 28, 280 or 888 examples. This has directly led to it's success as collectors clamore just for the right to purchase certain models.
Rolex is easily the most famous high-end watch line in the world. It is also the most recognizable and arguably one of the most durable watches in existence. The begginings of the company can be traced to 1905 when Hans Wilsdorf and W. Davis established their watch company called Wilsdorf and Davis. 3 years later the name was changed to Rolex. At this time, pocket watches were more popular than wristwatches, but Rolex had a vision, and that vision was that one day wristwatches would far surpass pocketwatches in popularity. They were right. Through the years Rolex is credited with building the first truly water proof watch called the
While exploring the depths, you might spot Romain Jerome's source of vintage raw materials for his line of Titanic DNA watches, confected from the rusty hull of the Titanic. Designed to appeal to collectors of historical memorabilia, rust is the metal of choice for Jerome and seems to capture the maker's particular concept of the relentless passage of time.
PIONEERING TIME SINCE 1860
Ulysse Nardin established his company in 1846. 30 years later, his son, Paul-David, took over and continued his fathers excellence. Ulysse Nardin specialized in mechanical marine chronometers. For the next 50 years, they won so many awards and certificates the company the company's legacy was guaranteed. The company was sold in 1983. In 1996, the company celebrated it's 150th anniversary with the release of the 1846 Chronometer. Many other incredible watches soon came including the
Vacheron Constantin is officially the oldest watch company in Switzerland as it was established in 1755. It was simply called Vacheron untill 1814 when a third generation Vacheron took in a partner by the name of F Constantin to invest and take over the international marketing and sales for the company. From then on Vacheron and Constantin has strived to create only the finest, most complicated and beautiful timepieces in the world. In the 1980s Vacheron Constantin was purchased by the former Saudi Arabian OPEC minister Sheikh Yamani who sold it in 1996 to the Richemont Group (Cartier, Piaget, Baume & Mercier, Jaeger LeCountre and IWC). Vacheron remains the smallest of the super elite brands (Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, Breguet et al) although they are flourishing under new management.
Zenith was officially born in 1865. Through the 1900''s, Zenith is a leader in innovation garnering many awards. It's most famous movement,