LVMH buys Swiss luxury clock maker L’Epee 1839

LVMH buys Swiss luxury clock maker L'Epee 1839
(Source: LVMH)

LVMH has bought Swiza, owner of high-end clock and “objets d’art” brand L’Epee 1839. The acquisition aims to preserve historical craftsmanship and ensure its continued thriving.

Established 185 years ago in Delemont, Switzerland, L’Epee 1839 specialises in creating clocks in-house that combine form and function. 

Each clock incorporates major horological intricacies such as tourbillons, perpetual calendars, and retrograde hands. Some feature power reserves of up to 8760 hours or a full year – a signature of the Maison – and aesthetics that incorporate a poetic or humorous touch. 

Auguste L’Epee founded the company in the 19th century, initially specialising in the manufacture of watch components and pioneering the production of music boxes.

The company later expanded to develop a range of timepieces, starting with carriage clocks for travelling officers and gradually expanding its line to include a variety of exclusive clocks throughout the 20th Century.

Today, the company creates unique timepieces with more than 80 designers, engineers, watchmakers, and mechanics working alongside CEO and creative director Arnaud Nicolas.

LVMH watches division CEO Frederic Arnault expressed confidence in the brand, emphasising its expertise in clock craftsmanship. 

“L’Epee 1839 creations span the ages; from officer’s carriage clocks to space rockets, to the automotive inspirations of the 1950s, its products appeal to a public of enthusiasts for fine mechanics,” Arnault continued. 

He added that most of the brand’s components are produced in-house, reflecting its creativity and ability to develop “horological intricacies” in three dimensions. 

“I am excited by the untapped creative potential of the various LVMH Group Maisons associated with this exceptional expertise,” Arnault concluded. 

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