Whether unique or in very limited series, watches designed by Robert & Fils 1630 all display the meticulous concern for detail that is the hallmark of the foremost traditional brands: a guarantee of quality, underscored by undeniable historical prestige.
- Grand feu enamel dial inspired by Léopold Robert’s Pifferari Before a Madonna (1825) in the Musée Jenisch, Vevey
- Hand-engraved waterproof case, crown & 18ct pink gold clasp
- Anti-glare sapphire crystal
- Hand-stitched alligator strap
- Hand-restored historical mechanical & automatic 1960s movement by Robert & Cie (the world’s oldest manufacture of movements) with 22ct gold oscillating weight.
About Robert & Fils 1630
Robert & Fils 1630 enjoy what is probably the longest watchmaking tradition in the world. Over nearly 400 years, the Robert family has designed hundreds of mechanical movements for the watchmaking industry. Abram Robert, appointed by the municipal authorities in Le Locle to look after the town clock back in 1630, has gone down as one of the first horologists in Swiss history. In 1725 Josué Robert was named Horloger du Roi by King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. Barely a century later, Jacob Robert became the veritable founder of the world’s oldest manufacture of watch movements – whose ownership, then management, remained with his descendants until 1981.
As heir to this amazing heritage, Gilles Robert – who represents the 11th generation of the Robert family – decided to revive this unique watchmaking tradition in 2002, by creating exclusive timepieces in classic contemporary style. Each Robert & Fils 1630 watch is made using “Robert” calibres entirely restored by hand, in line with Swiss watchmaking tradition. Inspired by the Robert family’s artistic heritage – which includes the paintings of Léopold Robert (1794-1835), visible in museums around the world – the timepieces designed by the brand are either unique, or edited in very limited series. Each timepiece calls on ancestral techniques mastered by only a few craftsmen worldwide, like hand-engraving or grand feu enamelling.