Brands

Alpina

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    In 1883 Gottlieb Hauser founded his Alpina Swiss Watchmakers Corporation, and in doing so united the leading Swiss independent watchmakers who became known as the Alpinists. In 1901, the trademark ‘Alpina’ was registered and appeared for the first time on high-end calibres and watches produced by Gottlieb Hauser. As many other watch brands, the…

Aquastar 1960’s

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      In 1962 the Aquastar brand was founded by Jean S. Robert in Geneva, Switzerland, and initially introduced as a sub-brand of the Swiss watch company JeanRichard SA. The brand was not only born from the passion of one man for the sub-marine world but was also reflecting a period where, for the first time, the…

Aquastar 1970/1980’s

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      The in part one described first Aquastar Regate  from the 1960’s with the Felsa 4000N movement was limited with a 5 minute regatta countdown. And as the regulations changed for regatta’s, a new movement was developed by Aquastar, now with a 10 minute countdown. This time with the help of Lemania’s star designer…

Aquastar 2000’s

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      In 1982 Aquastar is sold to the present owners, and the companies name changed to Aquastar Instruments SA, located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Regate Newport was the last regatta yachttimer with a mechanical movement Aquastar made in the 1980´s. In 2006 they introduced on their website a new regatta watch with the…

Atlantic

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  The Atlantic watch company was founded in Bettlach near Grenchen, Switzerland, in 1888 by Eduard Kummer. He was one of the founders of Swiss horology. The company was originally called EKB (Eduard Kummer Bettlach) and later, in 1930, renamed Atlantic. Eduard Kummer became a qualified master of horology and under his guidance the company grew quickly.…

Audemars Piguet

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      In 1875 Jules Louis Audemars and Eduard Auguste Piguet decided to join forces, in order to develop and craft watches equiped with complex mechanisms. Together they shared a passion for watchmaking and soon the Audemars Piguet brand was born. The company survived some hard times in the history of watch making, by…

Breitling

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    The history of the Breitling brand started in 1884. You can read about in the stopwatch section here. Breitling had started with their 765 AVI Co-Pilot series already in 1953, and the brand added a first Yachting version (reference 765-Yachting-CP) in 1966, followed by a second one with a newly designed handset the…

Bremont

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      The British Bremont Watch Company was founded in 2002 by the brothers Nick and Giles English, inspired by their father and a joint lifetime passion of engineering and aviation. Instead of naming the company ‘English Watches’, they called it Bremont after the French farmer Antione Bremont who once helped them after an…

Bulgari

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    Sotirios Voulgaris opened his first jeweler shop in his home village Paramythia, Greece. He then left the mainland for Corfu, Naples and finally Rome in 1881, where he opened his second shop. In 1884  he also founded the Bulgari company for jewelry and luxury goods, as watches, fragrances, accessories, and hotels in Rome,…

Corum

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    The Corum company was founded in 1955 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, by René Bannwart together with his uncle Gaston Ries. One year later, in 1956, the first Corum models were launched on the market and in 1960 the first model related to the Admiral’s Cup, the first water-resistant watch in a square case,…