Chaumet

For over two hundred years, Chaumet has been placing its jewellers’ excellence at the service of outstanding timepieces, combining the meticulousness of Swiss tradition with its mastery of Parisian refinement.

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  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

  • Collections

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  • About Chaumet

    The history of Chaumet is bound up with the history of France itself. Marie-Étienne Nitot, the firm's founder, settled in Paris in 1780 – after completing his apprenticeship with Auber, Queen Marie-Antoinette's jeweller. Up until the French Revolution in 1789, he had a loyal clientele of aristocrats.

    In 1802 came the supreme honour: Nitot became official jeweller to Napoleon I, making the jewellery for his weddings – first with Josephine, then Marie-Louise. He designed and set the stones on the coronation crown and sword and was the most sought-after jeweller in Europe.

    Marie-Étienne Nitot died in 1809. His son, François Regnault Nitot, took over from him until the Empire fell in 1815. When Napoleon was exiled, François Regnault passed the firm on to the workshop supervisor, Jean-Baptiste Fossin.

    After the French Revolution, the Fossin workshops opened a store in London, which they entrusted to Jean-Valentin Morel. Queen Victoria granted them a warrant of appointment. The Morels returned to France in 1852 on the arrival of Napoleon III.

    In 1885, Pierre Chaumet married Mr Morel's daughter and took over the firm. From then on it was passed on from father to son until 1987, when it was bought by Investcorp and then, twelve years later, by LVMH.

    Chaumet's knowhow is embodied in every watch that emerges from the firm's workshops – from its design through to its production. This knowhow has been handed down as a heritage from workshop supervisor to workshop supervisor for 230 years in an unbroken line. The firm's craftsmen fashion, polish and bejewel the timepieces created by the firm's designers using traditional methods.

    The making of a Chaumet watch calls for close cooperation between all the trades, using the full extent of their talent to create a range of movements, cases and dials bearing the Chaumet seal of excellence. Backed by Swiss watchmaking expertise and precision, during the course of its history Chaumet has called on the greatest names in Haute Horlogerie – notably Breguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, DeLaneau, Patek Philippe and F.P Journe.

  • Chaumet's philosophy

    For over two hundred years, Chaumet has been placing its jewellers' excellence at the service of outstanding timepieces, combining the meticulousness of Swiss tradition with its mastery of Parisian refinement.

    Over the centuries, it has successfully adapted, setting the Parisian trend with constant attention to quality, creativity and elegance.

    At the crossroads of watchmaking and jewellery, the legendary store at 12, place Vendôme is justly proud to have showcased some of the most striking watchmaking creations of its time.

    Chaumet makes its mark through its talent for combining the most daring watchmaking innovations with the immeasurable value of diamonds, rare gems and jealously guarded craftsmanship. As a result, each and every Chaumet watch is a genuine masterwork of time – displaying time even as it defies it.

    In 2011, the firm received Responsible Jewellery Council certification, recognising its impeccable business ethics.

  • Chaumet's 5 key dates

    1705: birth of Chaumet's founder, Marie-Etienne Nitot
    1811: first pair of wristwatches created for Princess Augusta of Bavaria
    1907: moves into 12, place Vendôme
    1999: Chaumet becomes part of LVMH
    2011: Pascal Bourdariat becomes the 12th head of production for Chaumet
     

  • Chaumet's collections

    Class One : The first ever jewellery diver's watch, Class One breaks the mould by combining diamonds and rubber in a “Smart Casual” style.

    Khesis : With a broad, generous wristband, Khesis is a horological gem; the supple link strap fits snugly on the wrist.

    Dandy : With its very special cushion-shaped case, Dandy blends traditional watchmaking knowhow, elegance and a dash of coquettishness.

    Josephine : In a tribute to Empire fashion, the Josephine watch, with its long slender lines, evokes gold lace and diamond rain.

    Bee my love : The dials of these watches form a poetic, naturalist stage on which materials and knowhow play their respective roles to the full.

  • Contact Chaumet

    Chaumet
    12, Place Vendôme
    FR - 75001 PARIS
    T. +33 1 44 77 26 26

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