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Mathey-Tissot

In the last century, this legendary maison produced work not only under its own name, but also for some of the most prestigious names in the watch industry. Tucked away in Les Ponts-de-Martel in Switzerland, back in the 1920s Mathey-Tissot started manufacturing simple but elegant watch movements, as well as extraordinary and rare complications, many of which were patented, including some remarkable chronograph calibres and quarter and minute repeaters.

About

In the last century, this legendary maison produced work not only under its own name, but also for some of the most prestigious names in the watch industry. Tucked away in Les Ponts-de-Martel in Switzerland, back in the 1920s Mathey-Tissot started manufacturing simple but elegant watch movements, as well as extraordinary and rare complications, many of which were patented, including some remarkable chronograph calibres and quarter and minute repeaters.

The company spent its formative years producing these complications and supplying them to prestigious watchmakers such as Vacheron & Constantin, Ulysse Nardin, Breguet and Girard-Perregaux, as well as securing certifications and chronometry awards from renowned observatories including Kew and Geneva. In 1914, the family firm was also awarded first prize at the Swiss National Exhibition in Bern.

Mathey-Tissot began designing its own watches, which displayed a unique sense of creativity. One memorable concept was the “Coin Watch” – a coin, split in two, with an extremely thin hand-wound movement sandwiched between the halves. Later, the company turned to supplying watches to the armed forces, including some chronographs of its own design such as the famous Type 20. Finally, Mathey-Tissot developed the highly specialised ability to provide a high level of customisation for its clients, a possibility still available to existing clients of the brand. One of Mathey-Tissot’s most famous clients was Elvis Presley.

Drawing from an immense back catalogue, which dates back to 1880 and stretches to the 1970s, the brand now offers both modern timepieces as well as models inspired by the past. With its vintage dials, integrated lugs and customised designs, Mathey-Tissot’s savoir-faire is preserved and enhanced in its technical, colourful collections, which are always fairly priced. This doesn’t apply to period pieces, which are often snapped up by collectors for eye-popping sums – proof of the enduring prestige of a Mathey-Tissot.

Today, Mathey-Tissot is managed by Alberto Frigerio Bonvicino, who joined the company in 1994. Having occupied many roles within the firm, he is well placed to ensure the company’s independent family spirit lives on.

1886
Mathey-Tissot is founded by Edmond Mathey-Tissot
1914
Awarded the Grand Prix at the Swiss National Exhibition in Bern
1950
Mathey-Tissot chronometers are bought by some of the biggest brands (Breguet)
1970
Elvis Presley orders Mathey-Tissot watches to use as “VIP” passes
1980
Mathey-Tissot signs a contract with KLM and begins duty-free sales
Philosophy

Mathey-Tissot has a unique history that sets it apart in the watchmaking landscape. Over the centuries the company has explored every corner of mechanical watch production, designing simple, reliable three-handed movements as well as some of the most refined complications. It has made watches under its own name, and also supplied some of the most prestigious names in watchmaking. Mathey-Tissot came through the 19th and the 20th centuries, and has approached the 21st century with unflagging creativity. In an increasingly competitive market, the venerable house continues to guarantee every client a Swiss Made timepiece built with the benefit of 135 years of history, at a fair price, and with a 3-year warranty.

Collections

Edmond

This heritage collection is named after the company’s founder, Edmond Mathey-Tissot. The Edmond range is a tribute to a design that dates back to 1886. It features a retro spirit, technical complications (chronograph, day-date), exemplary finishes (skeletonised movement) and prestigious calibres (Calibre 98). The Edmond Collection evokes the growing prestige of a company that helped to shape Swiss watchmaking for over a century.

Mathy

A contemporary collection inspired by sport and nautical pursuits, the Mathy features a wide range of references with vibrant, colourful dials inspired by styling from the 60s to the 80s. On a steel bracelet or rubber strap, the Mathy contrasts mother-of-pearl with steel and different colours of gold to create a style that exudes relaxed elegance.

Type 21

Mathey-Tissot supplied the biggest names in the watch industry with its “Type” watches, including the Type 21, 22 and 23, plus bicompax or tricompax chronographs. These “MilSpec” (for Military Specification) watches offer a robust and powerful reminder that Mathey-Tissot has outfitted many armed forces with mechanical timepieces designed to withstand use in military action, and continues to do so today. This is a strong, authentic collection backed up by a prestigious operational history.

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