THE OBSERVATOIRE 1872 : A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE BRAND'S RICH WATCHMAKING PAST AND ITS CURRENT RENEWAL In 1872, in order to improve the already renowned performances of the Geneva watchmaking business, the Classe d'Industrie et de Commerce de la Société des Arts entrusted the Geneva Observatory with supervising the chronometer rating competition. Badollet won the first edition of the Concours de l'Observatoire, intended to reward the accuracy of the best chronometer, with its pocket-watches sweeping the first three places. Badollet, having played an active part in the watchmaking adventure from the 18th to the 20th centuries, wished to create a series of models linking the brand's rich past to its current renewal and reflecting its respect for timehonoured values. These Instruments of Time, named “Observatoire 1872”, combine a classic case with a shape evoking that of pocket-watches, and movements boasting a resolutely contemporary technical sophistication. THE OBSERVATOIRE 1872 MINUTE REPEATER, AN EXCEPTIONAL COMPLICATION WITHIN AN HISTORICAL FRAME With the Observatoire 1872 Minute Repeater, Badollet houses one of the most intricate complications, the minute repeater, within a classic pocketwatch type construction, while endowing it with the technological breakthroughs characterising the brand renewal.