Historical Movements
Pierre Thomas has produced its first collection of watches featuring historical movements from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The designers at Pierre Thomas drew their inspiration from the "Fabrique d’ébauches de Fontainemelon" and its remarkable history. Founded in 1793 by four watchmakers from Neuchâtel, it was Switzerland’s first ébauche-making factory and would go on to have an undeniable and decisive influence on the entire watchmaking industry in the Jura region and beyond. The adoption of mechanisation and mass production techniques has allowed the Fabrique de Fontainemelon to continually raise its production standards, thus increasing profitability. The managers of this company also adopted, if not pre-empted, technical progress, moving from ébauches without wheels to ébauches with wheels, and then from the cylinder escapement to the anchor escapement which would eventually dominate modern watchmaking. The Fabrique would adapt to changing fashions which would see the pocket-watch lose its crown to the wristwatch. This factory would be at the cutting edge of machine-tool technology and automation, and its development encapsulates the rise of the watchmaking industry in the Neuchâtel region. Fontainemelon is a village between La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel, ideally situated to expand its network and promote the region as a whole. Thanks to its reputation and technical influence, a wide array of workshops would emerge, giving rise to a number of now-famous manufacturies. Originally based in a house in the centre of Fontainemelon which served as both workshop and dwelling, the Fabrique grew and extra space was required, so in 1816 the owners had the first factory building constructed, followed in 1827 by "La Grande Fabrique", with space for 400 workers. During the next period, the Fabrique would continue to expand through the acquisition of other workshops and the forging of partnerships and alliances. In 1876 the partnership became a public limited company under the name of Fabrique d'horlogerie de Fontainemelon. The movement calibres produced by this company would meet with widespread acclaim and be much in demand. Originally identified by their emblem of an arrow piercing an apple, and later by the “FHF” hallmark, these movements are the perfect example of the revolutionary processes introduced and adopted by the directors of Fontainemelon, who embraced scientific constructs, the division of labour, the referencing of parts, and the need to adapt the manufacturing process to meet the requirements of their clients, the watchmaking factories. Despite the trend for integrating finishing workshops into the watchmaking process, the Fabrique de Fontainemelon would continue to flourish and by 1924 was producing a considerable number and variety of calibres renowned for their reliability and high technical performance – some of the calibres used by Pierre Thomas date from this time. In the spirit of this tradition, the master watchmakers of Pierre Thomas are reviving these historic pieces, fashioning them with modern tools to produce contemporary watches rich in history for the enlightened enthusiast of the 21st century.
中文 EN FR Home Presentation Watches, Jewerly Grande Seconde 9h Steel Grande Seconde 9h Grande Seconde Diamonds Pierre Thomas PT39 Tourbillon Unique model Jewerly Events Baselworld 2010,13,14 Geneva Time Exhibition 2011,12,13 Watch & Holidays VIP Tianjin (China) 2013 Event Lamborghini 2014 Communication Presse Internet links / Partner History ContactPierre Thomas - Copyright 2010
Historical movement from 1870 to 1930 "Manufacturé 100 % en Suisse"
Geneva - Zurich - Interlaken - Cannes - Monaco - Los Angeles

Pierre Thomas GENEVE