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This blog features an archive of vintage watches from Audemars Piguet to Zenith. There will also be some images of pocket watches and clocks. I hope watch enthusiasts will contribute comments and information and be a part of the vintage watch movement!
Audemars Piguet (founded 1891) www.audemarspiguet.com
Audemars Piguet are reknowned for their complicated movements and horological excellence.
In 1875, Jules Audemars created a small workshop in his parents’ farmhouse. As an obsessive watchmaker he created new movements. That year, he met Edward Auguste Piguet and started a dialogue with a view to making their own watches. Edward came from an established family of Vallie de Joux watchmakers.
In 1891, Audemars, Piguet & Campaignie was set up to manufacture high quality timepieces.
Over a century later Audemars Piguet have produced a variety of tourbillons, perpetual calendars and moonphase watches. The classic AP collection includes the Grande Sonnerie Carillon in the Jules Audemars Collection, and the Edward Piguet rectangular chronograph in 18kt gold. Vintage Audemars Piguet watches are very sought after and maintain a high value.
Breitling (founded in 1884) www.breitling.com
Leon Breilting’s parents were farmers during the summer months. During the winter time they made clock and watch parts at home. His parents had moved from Germany to the Swiss Jura, where approximately 40,000 people worked in the watchmaking industry.
It was in the town of Saint-Imier that Leon Breilting’s journey began in earnest. At the age of 24, Leon started his watchmaking business in a time of recession in Switzerland by opening a studio in Saint-Imier producing mechanical watches. His success led to naming the firm ‘G. Leon Breitling’. reitling attained a reputation through gaining prizes at competitions. Leon moved to La Chaux-de-Fonds, he bought land and built a factory. In 1892 the firm was renamed ‘G. Breitling S.A. Montbrillant Watch Manufactory’ employing 60 workers.
Leon Breitling died on August 11, 1914. His son, Gaston Breitling took over. TO BE CONTINUED…
Girard Perrigaux www.girard-perregaux.ch
Jaeger LeCoultre www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
Patek Philippe www.patek.com
Tiffany & Co www.tiffany.co.uk
Ulysee Nardin www.ulysse-nardin.ch
Vacheron Constantin www.vacheron-constantin.com
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