Monday, December 6, 2010
BOUCHERON &GIRARD-PERREGAUX - HAUTE JOAILLERIE MEETS HAUTE HORLOGERIE; BOUCHERON LADYHAWKE TOURBILLON WATCH GIRARD-PERREGAUX MOVEMENT
The links between Parisian jewellers and Swiss watch manufactures are age-old. The most prestigious Maisons in place Vendôme have a long history of working together with their Swiss partners to produce their watches. Their watchmaking creativity and enterprise have thus for decades been primed by Swiss precision mechanics.
The MaisonBoucheron has been producing watches since its inception, earning it the honorary title of “bijoutier du temps” in recognition of its talent for creating exceptional timepieces.
As far back as 1867, Boucheron was commended by the jury at the Paris Universal Exhibition for presenting an “intriguing and fabulous” fob chain.
In a historical coincidence, the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture also received recognition at the same exhibition for a pocket watch equipped with a tourbillon. Paris simultaneously celebrated the outstanding talents of FrédéricBoucheron and Constant Girard-Perregaux in their respective fields of jewellery and watchmaking.
Did the two men ever meet? Nobody knows. Nevertheless, more than a century later, the paths of the two Maisons, living embodiments of the ingenuity of their founders, would cross definitively…