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History of Blancpain

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History of Blancpain
History of Blancpain
Founded: 1735
Founding place: Villeret, Switzerland
Founded by: Jehan-Jaques Blancpain
Current headquarters: Paudex, Switzerland
Owned by: The Swatch Group
Official name: Blancpain SA
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The history of Blancpain starts in the 18th century. The company was founded by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain (born in 1693) in 1735, in the Swiss place Villeret. Blancpain built its success by producing a limited amount of watches per year. The company was out of business for a period of time and is now owned by The Swatch Group. So it is older than Vacheron Constantin, but their watches were not in continuous production.

The history of Blancpain:


1693 – Birth of Jehan-Jaques Blancpain
1735 – Founding of Blancpain
1815 – Frédéric-Louis Blancpain (great-grandson of Jehan-Jacques) modernized production
1926 – Partnership with John Harwood (British watchmaker, inventor of the self-winder)
1932 – End of the family’s management of the firm
1932 – Name changes to Rayville S.A., succ. de Blancpain
1971 – Production topped 220,000 watches
1971 – Company becomes part of SSIH (Swiss company for the watch industry, later The Swatch Group)
1983 – SSIH sells Rayville-Blancpain name to Jacques Piguet
1983 – Name changes to Blancpain SA
1984 – Launched the world’s smallest movement at that time
1989 – Launched the world’s thinnest movement at that time
1992 – SSIH purchases Blancpain back
2010 – Frédéric Piguet SA is merged into Blancpain SA

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