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They lead the way with avant-garde products that reflect centuries of tradition. Fine Watch brands meet the criteria set out by the Cultural Council. Around sixty enter into this perimeter. Of these, some thirty, presented below, have become partners to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. Read more about their history, iconic watches, new products, films, smartphone and tablet apps, and job vacancies.

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    A. Lange & Söhne

    Manufacture A. Lange & Söhne was established in Glashütte, Saxony, by Ferdinand A. Lange in 1845. For the next hundred years, A. Lange & Söhne pocket watches were among the most sought-after timepieces in the world, until the Second World War forced the company into a 40-year hiatus. In 1990, following German reunification, Walter Lange, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, revived the brand which in 2000 became part of the Richemont Group.Now employing close to 500 people, half of whom are watchmakers, the company produces timepieces whose quality...

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    Armin Strom

    Master watchmaker Armin Strom set up his company in 1967 in Burgdorf, Switzerland. In 2006 he handed the reins to the Michel family before officially retiring in 2011. In 2008, Serge Michel and Claude Greisler took the brand's capacity to a higher level by establishing a full scale vertical Manufacture. Since then, Armin Strom has developed and produced ten exclusive calibres. They include a micro-rotor tourbillon and a resonance movement. With its unwavering focus on revealing the mechanical artistry of its timepieces, ARMIN STROM has distinguished itself...

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    Audemars Piguet

    The Manufacture was established in 1875 in Le Brassus, a village at the heart of La Vallée-de-Joux in the Swiss Jura, by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, two enterprising young men who combined their talent to develop and produce watches featuring rare complications. Already in these early days, an Audemars-Piguet watch was prized by admirers of fine mechanical timepieces. Through determination, imagination and discipline, they inscribed their name on the wider history of watchmaking. The company they established has never left the hands of the...

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    Bovet 1822

    From Édouard Bovet to Pascal Raffy, the success the Fleurier Company has enjoyed with collectors can be attributed to watchmaking imbued with vision and tradition.While Bovet was one of the pioneers of international trade setting out to conquer and seduce a China which had, until that time, been closed off to the outside, Raffy succeeded in anticipating changes in the watchmaking industry, adopting a vertical approach to his business at precisely the right time. Two centuries apart, both men fuelled a shared passion for mechanical excellence which met with a...

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    Bulgari

    Today integrated into the LVMH Group as an international player in the luxury jewellery, watchmaking, perfume, accessories and hotel segments, Bulgari was established in Italy when Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari opened his first shop in Via Sistina in Rome in 1884.In the first few decades of the 20th century, the Bulgari brothers were to pursue their passion for semiprecious stones and jewellery. At the end of the Second World War, Bulgari adopted a style inspired by Greco-Roman classicism, the Italian Renaissance and the 19thcentury Roman school. Becoming...

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    Cartier

    Cartier was founded in 1847 in Paris by the jeweller Louis-François Cartier, who in 1899 handed over to his three sons. They would establish the company internationally, not least by making the Cartier name a favourite among the crowned heads of Europe. Named "King of Jewellers, Jeweller of Kings", the brand was quick to turn its attention to watches. Many have become modern-day icons, such as the Santos (1904), one of the first wristwatches, the Tortue (1912) and the Tank (1919). They were followed by other noteworthy creations, including the Pasha,...

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    Chanel

    The Haute Couture house which Gabrielle CHANEL founded in the early 20th century presented its first collection of watches in 1987. The PREMIÈRE watch stayed true to CHANEL's identity with its octagonal shape, inspired by Place Vendôme and the N°5 perfume cabochon stopper.In 1993 CHANEL acquired Manufacture G&F Châtelain in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.The year 2000 was a milestone in CHANEL's watchmaking history with the launch of the J12 collection. Inspired by sailing, the J12 watch gave ceramic, a revolutionary material, its watchmaking credentials....

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    Chopard

    Louis-Ulysse Chopard established L.U.C in the Swiss village of Sonvillier in 1860. The company quickly became known for its beautifully crafted, ultra-thin and highly precise pocket watches. These were sold throughout Europe, including to Tsar Nicholas II. Chopard remained a family firm until 1963 when it was sold to Karl Scheufele III, the third generation of a German watchmaking dynasty who wished to become more prominent in watchmaking. This acquisition gave new impetus to Chopard which became an established name in both jewellery and watchmaking. Its...

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    Christophe Claret

    At a young age, Christophe Claret discovered a passion for the mechanics of time. After graduating from the Geneva Watchmaking School, he continued his training at the Roger Dubuis watchmaker-jeweller to subsequently set up his first watchmaking workshop at a family-run establishment in Lyon specialising in restoration. 1987 was a year of revelation after meeting Rolf Schnyder, owner of the Ulysse Nardin brand, who placed an order for 20 San Marco minute-repeater calibres with jacks. His passion and drive was born, and two years later he established Claret...

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    De Bethune

    With Chevalier de Bethune - an eighteenth-century nobleman credited with various original mechanisms - as its namesake, Manufacture De Bethune was destined to succeed in its mission.Nine patent registrations, seventeen world première innovations and fifteen in-house calibres in 11 years of research express the spirit of excellence of the Manufacture. De Bethune is above all a research and development engine, a laboratory making use of cutting-edge technologies implemented in the spirit of the great 18th century master watchmakers, where all parts are designed and...

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    DeWitt

    Established in 2003 by Count Jérôme de Witt, a direct descendant of European kings and emperors, among them Emperor Napoleon I, DeWitt is rooted in an authentic historical heritage. The company demonstrates its passion for Fine Watchmaking in an innovative and constantly evolving spirit.Two years after it was founded, DeWitt registered its first patent for the Tourbillon Différentiel, which won the Innovation prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. The brand went on to extend its collection of Tourbillons with such celebrated inventions as the Academia...

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    F.P. Journe

    F.P. Journe produces all its movements in 18K rose gold, a first in the watch world and a unique feature of the brand. Signed with the label Invenit et Fecit (invented and made), each F.P. Journe exclusive movement guarantees a manufacture calibre, entirely invented, constructed, and assembled in the Geneva workshops. Every effort was made to verticalise the production in order to produce inside its walls, almost all the components necessary for the making of F.P. Journe watches. It includes the creation and production of all its dial and watch cases which echo...

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    Ferdinand Berthoud

    Ferdinand Berthoud was born in 1727 in Val-de-Travers, a region of Switzerland he left while still a young man to complete his training in Paris. His skill as a clockmaker quickly became apparent, and in 1753 he was awarded the title of Master Horologist by special decree of the Council of King Louis XV.Henceforth, Ferdinand Berthoud devoted himself to perfecting his art and to the development of precision clocks, at a time when European courts were in competition to master the calculation of longitude. Instructed by Louis XV, he travelled to London to study...

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    Girard-Perregaux

    Two centuries of watchmaking innovations The primary objective of any company is innovation. To innovate is to be creative, to have the vision and talent to blaze new trails. By adhering to its vocation as a manufactory, Girard-Perregaux is one of the few Swiss watch companies today to conceive and manufacture its own movements. This means it has to meet the constant challenge of achieving an ever higher level of quality and reliability. It is also the surest way of cultivating the exceptional "savoir-faire" that has made Girard-Perregaux one of the...

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    Greubel Forsey

    Innovate, invent and apply unprecedented concepts to new movements to achieve uncompromising quality in which rigor and technical perfection combine.Established in 2001 by Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey, CompliTime SA laid the foundations for the launch, in 2004, of Greubel Forsey whose motivation and innovation have been rewarded with numerous prizes and distinctions. After the Richemont Group acquired a 20% stake, the company transferred in 2009 to ultra-modern facilities in La Chaux-de-Fonds and presented its watches at the SIHH. The company prizes...

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    Grönefeld

    Johan Grönefeld. The birth of a watchmaking. Gerhard Louis ("Johan") Grönefeld was born on 14th July 1896 in Oldenzaal. He began his career as a watchmaker in 1912. Taught by his uncle, Johan established his workshop and boutique in the shadows of Saint Plechelmus, a basilica and tower dating from 1240. He was both an exceptional watchmaker and a consummate businessman whose prowess with watchmaking tools, combined with creativity and inventiveness, earned him a glowing reputation in Oldenzaal and beyond. Sjef Grönefeld. Following in his father’s...

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    H. Moser & Cie

    The story of H. Moser & Cie. began in 1828 in St. Petersburg. Descended from a family of Swiss watchmakers, Heinrich Moser aspired to produce timepieces that would demonstrate quality craftsmanship and mechanisms of the highest standard. His business prospered and it took less than fifteen years for the much-respected Moser name to dominate the watch trade in Russia. Heinrich Moser died in 1874 and, with no heir willing to take the reins, the company was sold. The new management continued Moser's activity in Russia until forced to leave by the October...

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    Hermès

    Established in Paris in 1837, Hermès forged its reputation for excellence crafting saddles and harnesses for horses.In the early twentieth century, it extended its leather-making expertise to accessories such as belts, jackets, bags and, from the 1920s, watch straps. Working with the leading names of the day, the company fashioned "guardians of time", objects that capture the vision of beauty of which it is justifiably proud. In 1978, La Montre Hermès SA opened production facilities in Biel, Switzerland. An entire collection of classically elegant...

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    HYT

    HYT was already bubbling under the surface in 2002. A nonconformist thriving on challenge, Lucien Vouillamoz dreamed of transforming utopia into reality by reinventing the clepsydra in a perfectly watertight wristwatch. Wishful thinking? More a pioneering vision that would not take shape until ten years later with the first ever mechanical watch with a fluidic display. The idea may have seemed simple, Lucien Vouillamoz knew he could never rise to the challenge alone, and so in 2010 he brought Patrick Berdoz, Emmanuel Savioz and Vincent Perriard in on a project...

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    IWC

    Manufacture IWC, established in 1868 in Schaffhausen by Florentine Ariosto Jones, a young American, has countless exploits to its name in the field of grandes complications, and is also a pioneer in pilot's watches. After a long history as an independent firm, IWC joined the Richemont Group in 2000. These "engineers of watchmaking" were the first to work with titanium, while ceramic inspired watches destined for adventurers of every ilk.

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    Jaeger-LeCoultre

    Founded in 1833, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been acknowledged since the 19th century as the “Grande Maison” of the Vallée de Joux. With over 200 patents and more than 1,000 different calibres developed and crafted under one roof, several icon models such as the Reveros, the Duoplan or the Atmos, it is one of the most important and most innovative players in watchmaking history.

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    Laurent Ferrier

    Since the very beginning, the Laurent Ferrier brand has given admirers of mechanical watches a true alternative, with a design philosophy that is rooted in tradition, an innovative approach to movement construction, and meticulous hand-finishing.Every Laurent Ferrier watch is developed, finished, assembled and adjusted in Geneva. High amplitude and fine manual adjustment of the escapement ensure that these are true precision instruments. In deference to these requirements, annual production remains extremely small. Established in 2009, Laurent Ferrier is intent...

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    Louis Vuitton

    Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has proposed unique creations of the finest quality. While adapting its style to embrace the latest innovations, it remains true to the spirit of Louis, its founder and the inventor of the "Art of Travel".

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    MB&F

    With his Master's in micro-technology engineering under his belt, Maximilian Büsser cut his teeth at Jaeger-LeCoultre, a seven-year experience that helped shape his vision of watchmaking. Age 31, he was appointed managing director of Harry Winston Rare Timepieces, with the remit to give this global jewellery firm its rightful place in the highest spheres of watchmaking. From 1998 and for the next seven years, Maximilian Büsser put Harry Winston watches on the map, not least thanks to the concept launched with the Opus collection, which made its debut in 2001....

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    Montblanc

    Established in 1906 in Germany, Montblanc rapidly rose to international prominence as a manufacturer of writing instruments. Its Meisterstück, launched in 1924, would become the world's most celebrated pen. Now part of the Richemont Group, the company took its first steps in watchmaking in 1997, gradually upgrading production with the Profile, TimeWalker and Star collections. In 2006, Montblanc brought Minerva into its fold, a movement manufacturer based in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura. A year later, Montblanc unveiled its Fine Watch collections, first Villeret...

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    Panerai

    Panerai’s history marks time itself. Its roots can be traced back to when it was the exclusive supplier of high-precision instruments to the Royal Italian Navy in the early nineteen hundreds. Riding on submersible torpedoes, the commandos were the protagonists of epic endeavours. On their wrists, they wore the precision and luminescence of Panerai Radiomir and Luminor models.

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    Parmigiani Fleurier

    The Parmigiani Fleurier brand - a watch making adventure that transcends the mundane - was created in Fleurier in 1996 and was guided by the passion of a man who remained faithful to the very essence of the watchmaker. Michel Parmigiani, master horologist, renowned restorer and talented creator of mechanical time-keepers dedicates his knowledge, which has been enriched by past and present events, to the benefit of the brand. In 1996, the Sandoz Family Foundation actively became involved in Parmigiani's development, thereby allowing the first watch collections to...

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    Piaget

    Manufacture Piaget, founded by Georges Edouard Piaget in 1874, in La Côte-aux-Fées at the heart of the Swiss Jura, cultivates the spirit of luxury in an atmosphere of creativity, attention to detail, and fully integrated expertise.Originally focused on the development and manufacturing of movements, Piaget began making watches under its own name in 1943, and in 1955 began to specialise in ultra-thin timepieces. Part of the Richemont Group, Piaget boasts twenty ultra-thin manufacture movements, and its timepieces regularly set new records as the world's thinnest...

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    Ressence

    The brand’s mission statement is captured in its name: Ressence, short for the Renaissance of the Essential. When conceiving his first watch in 2010, industrial designer and founder Benoît Mintiens considered what the mechanical watch might look like if it were a 21st century invention, based on today's cognitive technologies and sciences.It was in 2011, on the Zero Series watches, that Ressence first unveiled the patented invention on which its new expression of Time rests: ROCS, which stands for Ressence Orbital Convex System. Fully designed and developed...

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    Richard Mille

    After managing the watch division at Matra, which was sold to Seiko, and spearheading Mauboussin's first watch campaigns, Richard Mille set up his company in 2001. From the outset, the brand applied a threefold philosophy: the sharpest cutting-edge technology, three-dimensional constructions shot through with pure mechanics, and hand-finishing. This strategy has never wavered, and the Richard Mille name has imposed itself with instantly recognisable timepieces at the forefront of innovation and openly inspired by racing cars and aeronautics.

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    RJ-Romain Jerome

    Founded in 2004 in Geneva, Switzerland, RJ-Romain Jerome quickly became renowned for its unique concept, “DNA of Famous Legends & Icons”. RJ-Romain Jerome enables its customers to own a piece of history by creating emotionally evocative timepieces which are inspired by, and incorporate, the DNA of a contemporary legend or icon. RJ-Romain Jerome watches are Swiss Made and combine craftsmanship, know-how and technological expertise. They embody the values of their time: a sense of distinctiveness, a need for speed, and a spectacular yet discreetly sophisticated...

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    Roger Dubuis

    More than a Manufacture, Roger Dubuis, established in 1995, is a world of its own. Beautiful mechanisms find their counterpart in baroque cases, conveyed in incredibly detailed, fantasy worlds. This is a world where exuberance rules and creativity reigns supreme. Roger Dubuis is an extravagant, rebellious, elegant brand, worthy of the finest in Haute Horlogerie, whose innovation is founded in respect for tradition and craftsmanship.

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    Romain Gauthier

    Romain Gauthier was born in 1975 in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland, the cradle of fine Swiss watchmaking. It was here that Romain developed his passion for traditional Haute Horlogerie, his grasp of mechanics and engineering, and his eye for design. Having specialised in precision mechanics at technical college, Romain qualified as a constructor of precision machinery in 1997. A year later, he started his first job as machine programmer-operator at a horological components manufacturer that he helped turn into one of the best-performing facilities in Europe....

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    Speake-Marin

    Established in 2002, Speake-Marin is a dovetailing of English creativity and Swiss watchmaking expertise. The first piece, revealed in 2000, was the Foundation Watch – a pocket watch with tourbillon movement. Inspired by English marine chronometers, it literally laid the foundations for future Speake-Marin timepieces with its sturdy yet elegant Piccadilly case, the easy-to-hold fluted crown, the heart-shaped, blued steel hands and the tourbillon cage inspired by a watchmaker's topping tool, the future symbol of Speake-Marin. More collections would follow,...

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    TAG Heuer

    Edouard Heuer, just 20 years old, opened a watchmaking workshop in Saint-Imier in the Swiss Jura under the name "Edouard Heuer, Fabrique d'Horlogerie" in 1860. The company underwent several name changes before becoming TAG Heuer in 1985. From the oscillating pinion in 1887 to the Mikrogirder in 2012, TAG Heuer has left its mark on the history of Swiss watchmaking. Over 145 years of innovation and expertise have made TAG Heuer one of the ultimate references in avant-garde sports watches.

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    Ulysse Nardin

    Technology is driving the world at unfathomable speed. It has also steered the course of the Ulysse Nardin watch manufacture for close to two centuries. Innovation after innovation, the company has been taking the profession into the future as it brings a high-tech approach to the age-old art of Fine Watchmaking. Established in 1846 by a 23-year-old Ulysse Nardin, the brand carries on both the name and the enterprising spirit of its founder. Having trained as a watchmaker and specialist in complications, Ulysse Nardin had his sights set on greatness. He chose his...

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    Urwerk

    Back in the 1990s, Martin Frei and Felix Baumgartner embarked on the creation of their first model, the UR-101 which displays time on an arc, replicating the path of the sun across the sky. The stage was set. Next came the 103 with satellite hours, and the major challenge of ensuring these satellites rotate smoothly, despite being 160 times heavier than a conventional hour hand. The 200 introduced a new take on the satellite complication. In addition to satellite hours, transporters, cams and jewels ensure that telescopic hands adjust their length with absolute...

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    Vacheron Constantin

    The world's oldest watch manufacturer in continuous operation since 1755 and founder of the spirit of technical and precious Haute Horlogerie, Vacheron Constantin has been making horological history for over 260 years. From the beginning, Vacheron Constantin devotes its every effort to perpetuating the spirit of Fine Watchmaking. The tradition of excellence that defines the Manufacture originates in the quality of execution of each of its watches. Its expertise is reflected in timepieces whose exceptionally refined finish goes beyond the demands of the Poinçon de...

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    Van Cleef & Arpels

    Established in 1906 at 22 Place Vendôme, the story of Van Cleef & Arpels began when Alfred Van Cleef married Estelle Arpels in 1895. For more than a century, their two names have fashioned some of the most beautiful moments in the history of Fine Jewellery.The company lost no time in demonstrating its expertise in the creation of fabulous jewels. Driven by a passion for beauty and excellence, Van Cleef & Arpels, which joined the Richemont Group in 2000, perpetuates a uniquely recognisable style, rich in creativity, enchantment, culture and poetry....

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    Voutilainen

    Kari Voutilainen chose Môtiers, the village where he both lived and worked, to make his name as an independent watchmaker as from 2002. The quiet beauty of the Val-de-Travers region lends itself naturally to the watchmaker's craft. Already in the nineteenth century, the area was home to specialist production of watches destined for a Chinese clientele.Kari Voutilainen had his sights set on perfection and this, together with a patiently accumulated knowledge and experience of antique, high quality and grandes complications timepieces, would unlock the door to...

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