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These are The Watch Files, where we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry. Featuring Serge Maillard of Europa Star and Stephen Foskett of Grail Watch.

The Watch Files The Watch Files

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These are The Watch Files, where we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry. Featuring Serge Maillard of Europa Star and Stephen Foskett of Grail Watch.

    06 The Forgotten History of Jaquet-Droz, An Experiment in Cooperation

    06 The Forgotten History of Jaquet-Droz, An Experiment in Cooperation

    On April 4, 1960, 70 independent Swiss watchmakers joined forces to form a remarkable new cooperative. Intent on standing their ground against the consolidation of watchmakers into corporations, the Coopérative de Fabricants Suisses d'Horlogerie would launch a shared watch brand three years later, using the name of famous watchmaker Pierre Jaquet-Droz. The Coopérative grew rapidly, accounting for over 15% of Swiss watchmaking exports in 1968 and boasting a catalog of over 2,000 different models. Yet this unique experiment, and the famous brand they used, is entirely forgotten.

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    The Forgotten History of Jaquet-Droz, Switzerland’s Shared Watch Brand, Grail Watch, 2021
    La Concentration Dans le Secteur Horloger, Europa Star 4, 1960
    Interview with Dr. Charles-Edouard Virchaux, President of the Cooperative of Swiss Watch Manufacturers, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 85, 1964
    Scope of the Technical Control Center of the Swiss Manufacturers' Cooperative at Bienne, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 89, 1965
    Jaquet-Droz Sales Centre Opens at Bienne, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 91, 1965
    The Cooperative of Swiss Manufacturers Publishes Report for 1965, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 94, 1966
    1966 a Prosperous Year for Jaquet-Droz, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 100, 1967
    Jaquet-Droz Strike their Balance, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 111, 1969
    Jaquet-Droz Six Years' Presence on Watch Markets, Europa Star Eastern Jeweler 133, 1973
    Jaquet-Droz: A Great Name Becomes a Great Brand, Europa Star 199, 1993

    • 45 min.
    05 How the Bulova Accutron Disrupted the Swiss Watch Industry

    05 How the Bulova Accutron Disrupted the Swiss Watch Industry

    On October 25, 1960, American company Bulova introduced the most advanced watch ever made. The Accutron used a tuning fork oscillating 60 times faster than a normal watch thanks to electronic components and a battery. This space-age watch shifted the balance of watchmaking power to America, but it was the brainchild of a Swiss engineer who soon returned home. Max Hetzel's work disrupted the entire industry and kicked off the race to build a quartz watch.

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    Bulova Accutron at Grail Watch Reference
    The Accutron Watch Page
    Engineering Time: Inventing the Electronic Wristwatch, Carlene Stephens and Maggie Dennis, British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 33

    • 55 min.
    04 Blancpain, Biver, Piguet, and the Path Forward

    04 Blancpain, Biver, Piguet, and the Path Forward

    On July 8, 1992, it was announced that watchmaking giant SMH (today known as the Swatch Group) was purchasing upstart watch brand Blancpain and their movement producer, Frédéric Piguet. This was a recognition of the contrarian company's decade-long effort to re-establish mechanical watchmaking in the face of the quartz crisis. Declaring that Blancpain would never produce a quartz watch despite the fact that this was all consumers seemed to buy at the time, Biver directed his company to produce six masterpieces of mechanical watchmaking as a "living museum of the past." This was the template for the entire industry, which returned to prominence thanks to craftsmanship, storytelling, and luxury, all of which Biver understood more than anyone else.

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    Blancpain, F. Piguet, Biver, and the Path Forward, Grail Watch
    Jean-Claude Biver: Past, Present, Future, Europa Star
    Lettres du Brassus, Issue 05

    • 53 min.
    03 El Primero and the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Zenith

    03 El Primero and the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Zenith

    On January 10, 1969, Zenith and Movado announced the world's most advanced watch movement. Called El Primero, it was the world's first automatic chronograph and represented the best in mechanical watchmaking. But Zenith was sold to an unrelated American company of the same name just two years later, and was forced to cease production of mechanical watches and focus on quartz. This is the story of the watchmaker who saved the El Primero movement, the Swiss industrialist who saved Zenith, and the rising star that re-ignited watchmaking in Le Locle and beyond.

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    The Fall and Rise of Zenith: 1969-1988, Grail Watch
    The Watchmaker Who Saved Zenith From Oblivion, Europa Star
    Le Retour du Tic-Tac, RTS

    • 51 min.
    02 The Thin Watch War: Delirium and the Swatch

    02 The Thin Watch War: Delirium and the Swatch

    On January 12, 1979, the Swiss watch industry announced the thinnest watch ever made: The Delirium, developed and produced by Ebauches SA for Concord, Eterna, and Longines. It was just 1.98 mm thick and wasn’t a big seller, but it accomplished something more important: The Delirium proved that the Swiss were innovating like the Japanese and would stand their ground in the quartz market. And the novel design of the Delirium, which embedded the movement into the case back, laid the foundation for another critical announcement four years later, the Swatch.

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    The Thin Watch War | The Watch Files: January 12, 1979, Grail Watch
    The Battle to Build the Thinnest Watch, New York Times, February 22, 1979
    A New World Record Set by ETA S.A. of Granges, Europa Star 119, 1980

    • 42 min.
    01 The Day Gérald Genta Challenged the Watch Industry

    01 The Day Gérald Genta Challenged the Watch Industry

    On November 7, 1984, the watch industry was stunned as famed jewellery designer Gerald Genta unveiled a line of fine watches styled with Mickey Mouse, the Pink Panther, and Popeye. The industry had never before mixed pop culture with haute horology, and the outcry forced Genta to abandon Montres et Bijoux. Was it really so bad? Shouldn't they have known this would happen?

    Join Serge Maillard, Publisher & CEO of Europa Star, and Stephen Foskett, Publisher of Grail Watch, as we tell the stories of the events that changed the horology industry.

    More Information:


    The Watch Show That Should Inspire the Future Geneva Show, Europa Star, April 2020
    1984: When Gérald Genta Challenged the Watchmaking Establishment, Europa Star, April 2020
    The Day Gérald Genta Challenged the Watch Industry | The Watch Files: November 7, 1984, Grail Watch, February 2021

    • 33 min.

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