Mathey-Tissot

Mathey-Tissot
Mathey-Tissot gold minute-repeater pocket watch, c. 1909

Mathey-Tissot is a Swiss watch maker of prestige watches, originally established in the late 19th century by Edmond Mathey-Tissot at Les Ponts-de-Martel in the canton of Neuchâtel in Switzerland. It should not be confused with Tissot, a completely separate Swiss watchmaking firm established by Charles-Felicien Tissot.

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History

Edmond Mathey-Tissot established his watchmaking business at the village of Les Ponts-de-Martel in 1886.[1][2] He began by specializing in complications, and especially repeater pocket watches, that is, watches which chime the minute and/or the hour and quarter-hour. The firm soon proceeded to make chronographs and won a number of prizes.[3]

Mathey-Tissot 'Calamatic' gold triple calendar moon phase watch, c. 1947

In 1899, the outbreak of the Second Boer War led to such an expansion in demand for Mathey-Tissot watches that a new factory was built. Among the orders received was one from a nobleman in Scotland who commissioned 2,500 watches, having decided to present every man in his son's regiment with a repeater watch: in gold for officers, silver for other ranks.[3]

In 1914, Mathey-Tissot was represented at the Kew Observatory Competition by six Observatory Chronometers capable of split-second timing, all six being rated 'Class A' with the comment 'specially good'. The same year, Mathey-Tissot gained the Grand Prix at the Swiss National Exhibition. During the First World War, the company supplied the United States Army's Corps of Engineers with precision chronographs in large quantities, while General Pershing, commanding the United States Expeditionary Force, chose the watch to award to members of his own staff. Both before and after the Second World War, the company continued to supply the U. S. Army and the Royal Navy.[3]

The name 'E. Mathey-Tissot & Co.' was protected by trademark in the United States in 1937.[4]

The firm at one time had good relations with China and made watches of Chinese designs for that market which have been described as "complicated and painstaking pieces... in the realm of superior watchmaking".[5]

In 1969 and 1970, Elvis Presley bought several dozen customized Mathey-Tissot automatic watches for giving to family, friends, and staff, the purpose being to identify the wearers as having a privileged right of access to Presley's concerts and tours. For this object, a bezel setting was created with the name ELVIS PRESLEY in raised letters and four stars.[6][7]

Present-day

Mathey-Tissot today continues to make and customize watches with both mechanical and quartz movements.[3] The company's logo is similar to the symbol of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, but turned upside-down, with the words Mathey-Tissot in manuscript, above the printed words "since 1886".[8]

The name of Mathey-Tissot is registered with the World Intellectual Property Organization, under the company name E. Mathey-Tissot & Co SA, of Boulevard de Pérolle, Fribourg, Switzerland.[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ Société des arts de Genève, Journal suisse d'horlogerie‎ (1894), p. 167
  2. ^ Fabrik at german242.com
  3. ^ a b c d Mathey-Tissot Switzerland, History at mathey-tissot.net
  4. ^ United States Patent Office, Index of Trademarks issued from the United States Patent Office‎ (1937), p. 428
  5. ^ Alfred Chapuis & Gustave Loup, La montre chinoise (1983) p. 212 online (in French)
  6. ^ Ivy Press, Heritage Signature Entertainment Memorabilia Auction #622 (2006) p. 240 online
  7. ^ ELVIS PRESLEY - Orologio di sua proprietà at mitidellamusica.it (page in Italian)
  8. ^ home page of mathey-tissot.net
  9. ^ (273710) Mathey-Tissot at wipo.int

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