Jean-François Bautte is a talented young man who learns successively watchmaking, turner and goldsmith. From his 19 years old, he created his first watches, including ultra-thin watches bringing him success. In 1856, Constant Girard , owner of Girard & Cie, founded with his wife, Marie Perregaux, their company: Girard-Perregaux & Cie. In 1906, the company merges with Bautte house. The house then based in La Chaux de Fond developed a concept of a wristwatch for officers of the German Navy commissioned by Emperor Wilhelm I of Germany. In the early 20th century, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin measures its aeronautical tests using Girard-Perregaux timepieces. Tourbillon and chronographe are mythical pieces of the manufacture. The Villa Jean Richard, museum at La Chaux de Fonds, gathers some of emblematic time-pieces of the Manufacture.
Jean-François Bautte - Constant Girard