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1912 marked the beginning of the longstanding background. A photo while in the firm archives displays Emile Hermes' four daughters together with Jacqueline, who is putting on on her wrist a pocket-watch for which her father had a particular strap manufactured through the in-house saddle-making and leather-based craftsmen.
In 1928, the historical Hermes shop at 24, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore in Paris opened approximately the f ield of watchmaking by presenting the very first timepieces bearing the Hermes signature, outfitted at the time with mechanisms from your greatest Swiss look at makes.
fifty yrs later, in 1978, the company set up the watchmaking division of l. a. Montre Hermes in Bienne (Brügg), at the very heart of the Swiss view industry. Since them, it has developed its collections while progressively integrating horological skills.
Since 2003 with the launch of the Dressage enjoy equipped with a movement from the Manufacture Vaucher, La Montre Hermes has been actively involved in developing and producing its own movements.
In 2006, it created a workshop specially dedicated on the producing of leather view bands, thus becoming the industry's only brand to craft its own straps. The quest for excellence is the trademark of the Maison Hermes, particularly during the field of watchmaking where it has been enlisting the support of the finest artisans for the past century. Particular partnerships have been created and reinforced in recent years. In order to secure a long-term supply of essential components, La Montre Hermes made a financial commitment to two specialised companies, Vaucher Manufacture in Fleurier (for movements) and Joseph Erard SA in Le Noirmont (for cases), acquiring a shareholding in both. It also bought up the Nateber dial-making firm based in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
Vaucher Manufacture, Fleurier : Movements viewed from all angles
The movement is the beating heart of the look at a complex miniature engine composed of several hundred components that are machined and finished according to extremely demanding quality criteria, all of which are indispensable. Vaucher Manufacture is one of the rare Swiss manufacturers capable of mastering the conception, development and production of these engines .
The business has been established since 2003 under the name of Vaucher Manufacture, in Fleurier, Canton Neuchâtel. It is heir to a longstanding watchmaking record that began while in the 18th century. Since 2009, it has been installed in an all-new industrial facility regrouped within a 6,700 square-meter sundresses building. This modern and functional setting enables it to manufacture around 18,000 mechanical calibres a year comprising five major product families: self-winding, hand-wound, ultra-thin, large power reserves, and horological complications such as chronographs, perpetual calendars and moon phases. It has a 200-strong personnel mastering around 20 different professions within the field of watchmaking and micromechanical engineering.
The corporate, which is organised in such a way as to be able to meet the most diverse requests, has divided its production into two main flows. The first handles the production of socalled movements, while the second deals with personalised products that require a different development process for each client.
For La Montre Hermes, Vaucher Manufacture developed a mechanical self-winding base calibre that has given rise to two movements of different sizes: the H1837, which currently equips the Dressage look at; and the H1912, which drives the Arceau check out. These two movements are composed of 193 parts, beat at a cadence of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and derive their energy from a twin barrel ensuring a 50-hour power reserve. They will serve as a basis for future developments.
The majority stake in Vaucher Manufacture is held from the Sandoz Family Foundation. In 2006, La Montre Hermes invested 25 million Swiss francs in acquiring 25% of the company's share capital.
Nateber, La Chaux-de-Fonds : the dial, the expression of a watch's soul
If the movement is the heart and soul of the observe, the dial can be said to express this inner nature, as Nateber has been ably demonstrating since 1972. The corporation located in La Chaux de Fonds has relocated several times in order to be able to develop and increase its production capacities. Since 2006, it has been installed in its current 1,700 square-meter premises.
From the raw material to the finished part, no less than 60 different operations are involved during the process of generating a simple dial. Inside the workshop of a dial-making craftsman, industrial logic is not the primary consideration: each new model requires new technical solutions putting in place an approach that demands a blend of versatility and adaptability through the staff members involved.
A dial-maker is a ‘Jack of all trades'; a kind of alchemist who must know the properties and secrets of a broad range of materials together with brass, gold, aluminium, carbon fibre, mother of pearl and sometimes also enamel, wood and precious stones.
The creating of a dial begins from the mechanical workshop, which develops the necessary tools, the swages and the specif ic supports. Each part travels a long journey in the initial on the last stage, not to mention various to-and-fro steps along with different testing procedures.
It visits at least seven other workshops: assembly, polishing, finishing, galvanic plating, varnishing, transferring as well as a last one that has no particular name at Nateber. It is indeed in this nameless workshop that various artisans set the diamonds, prepare the mother-of-pearl, facet certain parts and perform a number of small manual operations that cannot be done elsewhere replica omega seamaster leather band watches , but that will make all the difference for the finished product.
Nateber currently employs over 60 staff. In April 2012, La Montre Hermes acquired the firm's entire share capital.
Joseph Erard SA, Le Noirmont : the case: design meets technology
This essential part of a enjoy exterior must be robust and shock-resistant, since its role is to shelter and protect the movement, as well as expressing the aesthetic design of the view. Joseph Erard, a family business based in Le Noirmont, has been generating check out cases since 1880. watches rolex replica
In 2009, the corporate moved into a modern and spacious 2,000 square-meter premises that currently houses a 80-strong staff and a fleet of machinery from the vanguard of technology. This recent construction has been entirely designed in accordance with the demands of sustainable development.
Creating a case is initial and foremost the art of working with noble metals : steel, gold and titanium, and even such rare materials as tantalum and palladium. Then comes the work of the engineers, who transform ideas into production plans. It also calls for a mastery of the production that may involve different routes meaning machining or stamping/ swaging depending on the object. The latter path is for example taken by the case of the Cape Cod, which features a distinctive curve and rounded shapes that imply several different passages beneath the merciless hammer of a huge swaging press. These operations are interspersed with regular firings in the kiln so as to let down or slacken the material.
Finally, the various parts of the case thus produced need to be finished before being ready to home the replica watch movement. This involves a number of treatments which includes drilling, welding or cementing, cleaning and polishing, along with final quality control and water-resistance tests.
In March 2013, the longstanding cooperation between the two firms was further consolidated when La Montre Hermes acquired a 65% controlling stake within the share capital of Joseph Erard SA.
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