Reuge combines the art of the manufacture with innovation to create bespoke items.

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  • Philosophy

  • 5 key dates

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  • About Reuge

    In 1865 Charles Reuge founded the firm of the same name, specialising in the manufacture of mechanical pocket watches fitted with musical movements, in Sainte-Croix, Switzerland.

    Twenty-one years later in 1886, his son Albert opened a musical box workshop there. He soon converted the family workshop into a prosperous local factory that eventually became a small plant producing musical parts.

    Guido Reuge, the founder's grandson, took over the firm in 1930 and headed it up for 60 years. He also bought out a large number of competing businesses.

    In 1960, the firm took a decisive step in the direction of singing birds. Over the next fifteen years, Reuge learned the trade by merging with companies specialising in this craft. In 1988, the family firm was taken over by a group of Swiss investors, who provided it with the necessary resources to enable it to achieve a new stage in its growth.

    Today, Reuge combines the tradition of its mechanical musical boxes with technology and materials to serve a younger, more dynamic clientele seeking bespoke items.

  • Reuge's philosophy

    Reuge combines the art of the manufacture with innovation to create bespoke items. Its aim is to maintain and strengthen the image and new positioning of mechanical music as an art.

    Reuge is the only company in the world that is still manufacturing luxury musical boxes. It has unique knowhow in this art, the vocation of which is to give musical boxes their magic of yesteryear once again.

    Featuring themes such as singing birds and musical watches, Reuge strives to maintain the poetry of these mechanical automata on which time has no hold. In many ways, the knowhow and movements involved can be compared to the grand complications of watches, and they are often developed in close collaboration with renowned designers and brands.

  • Reuge's 5 key dates

    1865: first musical pocket watch workshop in Sainte-Croix
    1930: Guido Reuge, the third generation in the family, takes over the Firm
    1960: acquisition of the Bontems manufacture in Paris
    2007: creation of the “Bespoke” line – VIP gifts for governments and high society
    2012: decision to build a new manufacture

  • Reuge's collections

    Collection 1865 – tradition: A fine reflection of traditional knowhow, with ample use of marquetry, exotic woods and traditional designs.

    Contemporary collection: The contemporary collection is aesthetically pleasing and innovative, combining tradition and technology.
    One section of the collection is in the spirit of artefacts and decorations, showing off the musical box as a piece of creative and artistic expression whose aesthetic appearance is all it takes to convey a meaningful message. The other combines mechanical knowhow and technological research in more of a “concept car” philosophy.

    “Bespoke” – “tailored” collection: This collection bears all the hallmarks of creativity and craftsmanship, featuring customised musical boxes. The collection is geared to heads of state, leading companies, and so on.

  • Contact Reuge

    Rue des Rasses 26
    CH-1450 Sainte-Croix
    T. +41 24 455 22 22

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The watch list

Featured Reuge Watches

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    Pocket Watches

    Charles Reuge

  • Thumbnail Reuge Charles Reuge The Fountain Scene & Erotic Scene Automaton on the Back CXH.17.4111.000 - face view


    Pocket Watches

    Charles Reuge

  • Thumbnail Reuge Charles Reuge The Fountain Scene & Erotic Scene Automaton on the back CXH.17.4110.000 - face view


    Pocket Watches

    Charles Reuge

  • Thumbnail Reuge Charles Reuge The Fountain Scene CXH.17.4101.000 - face view


    Pocket Watches

    Charles Reuge

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Bliss with Kiss

— World premier during Baselworld: a mechanical music box serving coffee.
MARCH 20, 2015
Boite a musique café Reuge
Kurt Kupper, CEO de Reuge, à Doha

Reuge singing bird landed in Doha

— During the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition in Qatar, Reuge created quite some attention.
MARCH 06, 2015
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731
Minute repeaters

Can a minute repeater play out of tune?

— It all began with a simple, direct question. And like all questions of this type, it took most experts in this field by surprise: can a minute repeater get out of tune? And if so, can it be retuned?
JANUARY 15, 2015
Happy New Year  © DR

2015: best wishes from watch industry CEOs

— Since 2014 is already a thing of the past for most watch industry CEOs, what could one wish them for 2015? WorldTempus has already popped the question.
DECEMBER 31, 2014
Noël musical
Christmas gifts

Time for music!

— Why not give music fans who already have every imaginable album a watch either dedicated to their idol or somewhat more discreetly connected to the world of music?
DECEMBER 12, 2014
Horloger au service après-vente © Belles Montres

Behind the scenes of today’s – and tomorrow’s – after-sales service

— Customers who hand in their watch for after-sales service naturally wish to get it back as soon as possible. Watchmakers are making progress and yet resisting the time squeeze: ‘express’ after-sales service is simply never going to happen. Here’s why.
DECEMBER 11, 2014
Boite à musique Arche © Reuge

Win a Reuge music box

— This month, take your chance at winning the Arche music box worth CHF 3900.-
DECEMBER 02, 2014
WorldTempus Newsletter

Time for design

— As the industry turns its attention to design this week, WorldTempus presents more 2015 models and offers a Reuge music box in our last monthly competition of the year.
DECEMBER 01, 2014
Reuge - vente de Noël 2014

Christmas sale

— From the 6th until the 13th of December, Reuge is organising a Christmas sale in its Sainte-Croix Manufacture, in Switzerland.
NOVEMBER 25, 2014
Reuge singing birds

Video. Singing birds

— The art of mechanical music.
OCTOBER 17, 2014
Formule %, TAG Heuer, de Grisogono, Luca Manfé, Carlo Cracco, Reuge, Richard Mille

What you might have missed last month

— Here is our monthly review of some of the news you might have missed on Worldtempus.
OCTOBER 01, 2014
Les Oiseaux © Reuge

The Birds

— For a VIP customer, Reuge has realized 15 mechanical automatons, inspired by Bubo, the famous mechanical owl in the film « Clash of the Titans ».
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
WorldTempus Newsletter - Une smartwatch sans téléphone ?

A smartwatch without a phone?

— Only a week after Apple revealed its much anticipated watch, Frédérique Constant discreetly dropped the bombshell that it has been working on its own smartwatch for some time.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
  • Thumbnail The cylinder, the mechanical score of every Reuge creation. © Delos Communications

    A close-up and personal visit of a musical legend

    — Reuge continues patiently fine-tuning two centuries of musical tradition in its Sainte-Croix workshops. The venerable House is entering the 21st century with a...
    SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
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    Next step to the future

    — The ceremony of the foundation for the new building of Reuge has been held on September 5, 2014.
    SEPTEMBER 07, 2014
  • Thumbnail Détail du mouvement de Duet © Reuge

    An original pairing

    — Reuge draws upon its own history in creating the Duet, in cooperation with its distant cousin, L’Epée 1839. The result is a pure objet d’art that will...
    SEPTEMBER 02, 2014
  • Thumbnail Reuge MusicMachine2

    MusicMachine 2

    — Reuge and MB&F have partnered to create MusicMachine 2, a musicbox with spaceship-like design and rock and sci-fi melodies.
    AUGUST 29, 2014
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    Thinking outside the box

    — Famous for its table-top and even pocket-sized music boxes, Reuge now unveils two giant music boxes that can be operated by passers-by in the US city of...
    AUGUST 26, 2014
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    What you might have missed last month

    — Themes covered by Worldtempus last month ranged from classic car rallies to music boxes, as well as a rare award for a watch brand and, of course, plenty of...
    AUGUST 06, 2014
  • Thumbnail 1er août, montres de plongee, montre de sport, Longine Hour Angle

    In search of the sun

    — Switzerland enjoyed a four-day week last week as the country celebrated its founding back in 1291 on Friday 1 August. But this did not mean that there was any...
    AUGUST 04, 2014
  • Thumbnail La Music Machine 1 de MB&F, dévoilée à Baselworld cette année. © MB&F

    The MB&F effect

    — Reuge partners MB&F to give life to the MusicMachine from the watchmaking collective. A stellar moment of fame for an endeavour that will now need to prove...
    JULY 29, 2014
  • Thumbnail Boîte à musique Arche, © Reuge

    Win a Reuge music box

    — This month, take your chance at winning the Arche music box worth CHF 3900.-
    JULY 03, 2014