History of the Brand
40 years of History
In the heart of the Franco-Swiss Jura Mountains, the historical birthplace of watchmaking, Pequignet is an authentic luxury brand perpetuating the great watchmaking tradition in an independent French firm, committed to quality and passionate about its craft.
In 1973 in Morteau, a region where traditional watchmaking was slowly dying out, Emile Pequignet founded the Pequignet brand and signed it with his initials “EP”.
Having entered traditional watchmaking at the age of 16, Emile Pequignet was as talented as he was ambitious. From the outset, his strength lay in the boldness of his creativity and in the quality of the materials which he carefully chose.
Honoured with five Cadran d’Or awards for the beauty of its Ladies’ collections, the Pequignet brand is now the preferred brand of a generation of modern, elegant women.
A great horse-lover, Emile Pequignet made the Pequignet brand into a true ambassador in the equestrian world in the 1980s and 1990s.
At the start of the millennium, Emile Pequignet took a well-earned retirement. Thirty years of passion and conviction enabled him to position the Pequignet name as the jewel in the crown in luxury watchmaking, an inspirational hallmark of Swiss-made French elegance.
Didier Leibundgut took over the brand in 2004 and set about making Pequignet an Haute Horlogerie manufacture.
In 2006, Pequignet opened its in-house Haute Horlogerie laboratory, equipped with the very latest technology, ably supported by the prodigious talents of its watch engineers.
In 2010 and 2011, the brand installed its Manufacture workshops and gave birth to an ultra-innovative mechanical movement combining reliability, precision and performance: the Calibre Royal.
The Royal fleur-de-lis became the emblem of Pequignet.
In 2012, despite great critical success, Pequignet experienced a difficult year. Two private investors then bought out the company, with the aim of preserving its independence. M Laurent Katz became the company’s Chairman.
In 2016, Ms Florence Sentilhes run the company, succeeding to Mr Laurence Katz who remains in the Supervisory Board. She becomes the guarantor of the identity of the company refocusing the development of the brand around its DNA.
There is no luxury watchmaking brand without its iconic model, a recognisable model which is different from all the rest, possessing a timeless beauty.
There is no iconic model without a visionary spirit to give it life.
Today, Pequignet is in the fortunate position of having 2 icons:
The MOOREA Collection has maintained its incredible success since 1984, embodying worldwide a certain expression of the “French touch”, the subtle combination of sophistication and restraint.
The inspiration behind the legendary MOOREA Collection was Emile Pequignet’s passion for his race horse, Moorea, the king of the horse shows in the 1980s.
In search of a strong and distinguished identity, Emile Pequignet invented the famous MOOREA link bracelet; this was a steel grain-shaped link hinged with the bracelet, perfectly identifiable in its design.
Today, the products in the MOOREA Collection are made in France. Younger and more accessible ranges will complete the Collection
Created in 2011, the other flagship of the Pequignet company, the Calibre Royal® is a mechanical movement produced in the manufacture and a symbol of the Renaissance of French Haute Horlogerie.
The Calibre Royal® was entirely designed, prototyped, tested and assembled in Pequignet’s Haute Horlogerie laboratory in Morteau (France).
Its creation required 279 technical drawings, 318 components, of which 316 were created to plan by the Pequignet laboratory, 150 tools and component manufacturing matrices, and more than 20,000 dimensions…
In addition to its absolutely unprecedented performance, the Calibre Royal® is a grandes complications movement at a revolutionary price.