French Renaissance

Pequignet brings back the heydays of French watchmaking

Here’s a little-known fact: before the watchmaking industry became almost completely dominated by the Swiss, the French shared a healthy slice of it.

It was only when the Edict of Nantes was revoked in 1685 that French watchmaking came to an end. The edict gave equal rights to the Calvinist Protestants in a France that was largely Catholic. Its abolishment led to the exodus of 2,000 Protestants, most of whom worked as watchmakers to the king.

Pequignet claims to be the only independent French watchmaker today to manufacture an in-house movement with all complications on a single main plate. The Calibre Royal with a single large barrel gives an 88-hour power reserve.

The spring is wound by the barrel drum, while the initial force is distributed through a central barrel axis placed between two jewels, giving the movement an exceptional isochronism. Good isochronism ensures that a movement’s beat remains unaffected by the degree of swing of the balance wheel.

In Singapore, Pequignet retails exclusively at E’Collezione.

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Published 23rd January 2016