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The Hebe Watch Company

In 1900, Constant Periat opened his first workshop in the Swiss Jura Region at Alle. “He specialized in the assembling of movements and complications”. Periat has always believed in working with the local labor force as he was convinced that “human capital is the strong added value of the company”. In 1948, the son of Constant Periat, Gilbert Periat takes over the company and opens a workshop under the name...

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The New Haven Clock Company

The New Haven Clock Company was founded on February 7, 1853 by Hiram Camp. The company supplied clock movements to the Jerome Manufacturing Company. Jerome went bankrupt three years later but the company purchased Jerome Manufacturing with $20,000 dollars. By 1860, the company employed 315 people and produced 170,000 clocks that year. In 1866, Jerome Factory burned down but a new factory was built employing 512 men and women and...

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Breitling Company History

Leon Breitling founded the Breitling Company in 1884 in St. Imer, Switzerland and in 1892, relocated to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1914, Leon Breitling’s son, Gaston, takes over the company business at his father’s death. In 1915, Gaston Breitling creates the first chronograph wrist watch and gives it to pilots with “their first wrist instruments”. In 1923, the first independent push piece is developed by Breitling. In 1932, Gaston’s son, Willy...

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The Tag Heuer Company

The Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer. His workshop in the Swiss Jura Switzerland region opened that year. The Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer Company found a niche for itself by producing high quality precision watches perfect for timing sporting events. They produced stopwatches and water resistant watches. Heuer is known for timing sporting events for the Olympics, FIS Ski World Cup and FIA Formula I World Championship as...

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