Facts, figures and some history on wristwatches


Already in the 15th century, miniature watches were produced. Eventually their size made it possible for men to wear them in their pocket. The watches were extremely important for them because knowing the exact time was of the essence during navigation and warfare. However, it was quite tedious having to take out a watch from your pocket in the middle of a fight! Therefore, the officers put their watches in a leather case around the wrist. During the first world war, the army decided to supply the soldiers with wrist watches. They were allowed to keep them after the war was over. From that moment on, wrist watches became popular.

Some interesting facts on wrist watches

Watches contain different functions, the so called complications. The most “complicated” watch ever was introduced in 2015 and contains 57 different functions en 2800 different parts.

The first wristwatch ever was designed by Patek Philippe around the end of the 19th century. However, at that time it was perceived as something typically meant for ladies only. But that did not discourage Patek Philippe at all. In fact, the most expensive watch ever is a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime 6300A; it was auctioned at Only Watch 2019 in the beginning of November for $31.5 million. That is $7 million more than the previous record holder, also a Patek Philippe watch (the Henry Graves. Jr. Supercomplication).

Why Swiss watches are so popular

One of the reasons? Because of the rich history. The delicate art of watchmaking has been lost in most parts of the world except Switzerland. Swiss watches are made with craftsmanship, centuries of knowledge and a rich history of setbacks and perseverance.

Armand Nicolet, made in Switzerland

Their first watch was designed in 1875 in Tramelan, Switzerland. Back In 1902 Armand managed to develop a pocket watch with one single button to facilitate chronographic functions. The watch was equipped with a complete calendar and enamel dial and it became a huge success. Examples of these historically significant pieces can be seen in the Armand Nicolet museum located in Tramelan.

When Armand died in 1939, his son Willy took over the family business and turned it into one of the most important production facilities in the region. During the first half of the 20th century, in the historic head office of Tramelan, the company Nicolet regulated and excellently finished the Venus movements in different sophisticated calibers; Venus became famous for chronograph movements, their column wheel chronograph calibers are widely regarded today as being the finest ever produced and remain in great demand.

For men AND women

Although Armand Nicolet men’s watches make up the bulk of the collection, the company also makes unisex and ladies’ watches. Having said that, all their watches carry a sense of masculinity within their design, making them a strong, sophisticated choice of accessory.

Armand Nicolet watches are now also available in South Africa. We welcome you to visit our web shop https://www.armandnicolet.co.za/


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