Rudis Sylva is an independent Swiss Watch brand based in Les Bois in the district of Franches-Montagnes in the canton of Jura in Switzerland. Rudis Sylva watch brand was founded by Jacky Epitaux.
The brand name Rudis Sylva is connected to the origins of traditional watch making in the Franches-Montagnes region. The name Rudis Sylva was derived from Jean Ruedin and Sylva, Latin for ’forest’.
The watchmaking tradition of the Franches-Montagnes region dates back to 1384, the year when a tax exemption was granted to anybody inhabiting the summit of the Jura, at an altitude of 1,000 metres. Having cleared the region’s forests, the population became more settled and the harsh winters forced many farmers to set up as watchmakers. Thus were born the peasant watchmakers, whose industrious devotion to the construction of timepieces led to them becoming widely revered today as the master watchmakers of the Jura Mountains. Rudis Sylva aims to celebrate the skill of these craftsmen who laid the foundations for the prestige enjoyed by the major Swiss watchmaking brands.
Listened to the passionate appeals of one Jean Ruedin, in 1384, Imier de Ramstein had granted a complete tax exemption to inhabitants of the heavily forested region. With the arrival of spring, Jean Ruedin had set out to brave the last remaining snows on the Haut Plateau. Armed with axes and saws, the adventurer set up camp on the slopes bordering the Doubs, a raging river whose course led it through a 400-metre deep canyon. Jean Ruedin and his friends has cleared the forest area and constructed the buildings that would house the very first settlers on the high terrain of the Jura, christened Les Bois (The Woods), Le Noir-Mont (Black Mountain), Les Breuleux (Burning Torches) or even Les Enfers (Hell). And so La Franche Montagne was born.
The Franches-Montagnes or the Franche-Comté region comprised a multitude of artisan watchmakers who would take their products to the counters of shops in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Le Locle. Attracted by the profits made by manufacturing watch and clock components, a large number of farmers gave up agricultural pursuits in the 19th century and began manufacturing machines which allowed them to increase the production of components.
The legendary names associated with the Franches-Montagnes watch making history are Captain Girard, François-J. Froidevaux, J-B Mauvais, Joseph Bouverat (watch case maker), Beaumann (manufacture of wheels, cylinders, cylinder escapement, mechanical parking meter etc.), Huot (manufacture of anchor and cylinder escapements) and Baume (of famous Baume et Mercier watch brand).
With its independent past, the Rudis Sylva brand has hugely complicated watchmaking history. The artisans of the region, regardless of whether or not they contributed to the production of this timepiece, are the real founders of the Rudis Sylva concept. The sole objective of the brand managers is to connect history and technology to offer the world a product which showcases the expertise of the region in the best possible light.
Official Website: http://www.rudissylva.com/