Eberhard & Cie.
1887 - This is the year when the "Manufacture d'Horlogerie Eberhard & Co." as founded by Georges-Emile Eberhard at La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, introduces its first pocket chronograph. Which marks the beginning of a long succession of successful products to be devised over the next 110 years, under the company’s elementary motto of "innovation with tradition".
1907 - The company celebrates the inauguration of its HQ on the Rue Lèopold Robert at La Chaux-de-Fonds.
1919 - The founder's sons Georges and Maurice Eberhard take charge of the "Maison". The same year sees the launching of a wrist chronograph featuring a strap with mobile attachments and a hinged caseback. The 18ct. gold case becomes at once a must and a guarantee for product quality.
1930 - The innovative potential of the Maison Eberhard & Co. is convincingly expressed in the creation of a new chronograph with self-winding movement - a veritable innovation in its time. During the '30s, chronographs by Eberhard & Co. are seen adorning the wrists of the commissioned officers in the royal Italian navy.
1935 - The quest of this Swiss company for more novelties gives birth to a new chronograph that features two push-buttons in a model which fuses together technical perfection and a new form of manually controlled chronography.
1939 - Eberhard & Co. is one of the first Swiss manufacturers to once again contribute to a revolutionary invention in the field of chronography - with a wrist watch that doesn't just count the hours but features a flyback hand into the bargain - a device that enables double timekeeping.
1947 - After the tail-end of World War II, the company resumes its activities. The Maison Eberhard & Co. is now venturing out also into the market for ladies' watches. So the fair sex, too, are now gaining access to the quality and reliability of products bearing the Eberhard & Co. logo in the form of luxurious time-keeping pieces of jewellery.
1950 - Toward the end of the '50s, Eberhard & Co. present their "Extra-Fort" model with a sliding bar for stopping and starting the seconds count. This is truly a splendid specimen of the art of making mechanical watches and has retained its status of much-coveted collectors' piece to this day.
1960 - The '60s are primarily marked by the introduction of a simultaneous date setting device.
1968 - Chronometers by Eberhard & Co. enter into a new era as movements performing 36,000 vibrations per hour now warrant an improved measure of precision. Along with them, the world witnesses the gradual advent of the first electronic movements - a challenge of the zeitgeist to the future of the trade.
1970 - The Sirio collection comes as Eberhard & Co.'s reaction to that very zeitgeist as the "frigid" style of these years is expressed in the elegantly refined contours of a watch whose most characteristic feature is a newly conceived quartz-controlled calendar movement.
1980 - In the early '80s, Eberhard & Co. take pride in being the Swiss company that is launching once again a mechanical chronograph in the market.
1986 - Based on studies and research work conducted in cooperation with P.A.N. Frecce Tricolori, the company creates its "Chronomaster Frecce Tricolori", a chronograph dedicated to the world's most famous aerobatic squadron.
1987 - As the Maison Suisse d'Horlogerie Eberhard & Co. celebrates its centenary, it takes the opportunity on this occasion to introduce its Navymaster chronographs collection, to wit an inscription on the dial commemorating those two important dates.
1992 - This is another important year for Eberhard & Co. seeing that it marks the 100th birthday of the greatest racetrack champion of all times to whom the Maison Suisse pays homage by introducing its unique chronograph named the Tazio Nuvolari.
1996 - The company now focuses on what you might call king-size wrist watches as it introduces such extremely successful models as the Traversetolo (43mm), the Tazio Nuvolari "Grande Taille" (43mm) and the Tazio Nuvolari Rattrapante "Géant" (51mm).
1997 - Following its self-imposed commitment to ongoing research with due respect to strong tradition, Eberhard & Co. achieve another watchmaking feat in the form of a unique watch named the "8 Days". It's a manually winding mechanical watch that needs to be rewound every eight days only.
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