Since 1655, the name of Badollet has been inextricably entwined with the history of watchmaking in Geneva. Successive generations of this watchmaking dynasty were active since the 17th century, keeping constant and unbroken step with the evolution of this time-honoured art –from the clock through to the wristwatch.

The first figure in the branch of the family that was to devote the most longstanding efforts to this infinitely varied art is remembered by historians as far more than just a watchmaker. Endowed with a curious nature that led him to take an interest in all forms of knowledge, and fascinated by horology as soon as he began practising it at the age of 20, the multi-talented Jean Badollet (1635-1718) was also a pastor and a school headmaster.

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