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4 functiuns monopusher Lowenthal chronograph

jpynson |  7 November 2021

4 functiuns monopusher Lowenthal chronograph

By Joël Pynson and Sébastien Chaulmontet. One might think that this beautiful Lowenthal chronograph from the 1930's is a simple monopusher chronograph, as there were many in Switzerland at that time. However, a small detail on the pusher should draw your attention: there is a crenellation at the end, which actually...


The first big date chronographs

iernst |  17 November 2020

The first big date chronographs

By Joël Pynson & Sébastien Chaulmontet. The first watches with date windows began to be mass-produced in the 1930s, particularly at Mimo, with its Mimo-Meter model dating from 1930, and at Helvétia, a brand of the General Watch Co. in Biel, which in 1932 offered an attractive rectangular model with a...


The Hamilton Fontainebleau

jpynson |  1 October 2016

The Hamilton Fontainebleau

  Who still has the 1970s chronographs from Hamilton in mind? Set apart in the shadows by Breitling and Heuer watches, however Hamilton played a crucial role in the launch of the famous Chronomatic calibre. The brand’s flagship model at that time was the Fontainebleau – named after a famous French...


From Ebauches SA to ETA SA, Chapter 5. Fusion and rebirth

jpynson |  10 June 2016

From Ebauches SA to ETA SA, Chapter 5. Fusion and rebirth

The idea of a merger between the SSIH and ASUAG had been in the air since 1980 when the Swiss Federal Council had encouraged a partnership agreement between the two companies. Moreover, in 1981, SSIH sold their quartz division to ETA. Nicolas Hayek's strategy was based on a marketing structure that...

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