We live to champion lesser-known vintage watch brands here at Time., brands that make great watches, but have somehow gotten overshadowed and overlooked. Companies such as Juvenia, still quietly making high quality watches for over 150 uninterrupted years.
Formed by Jacques Didisheim-Goldschmidt in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1860, Juvenia relocated shortly afterwards in La Chaux-de-Fonds, one of Switzerland’s now-famous ‘watch towns.’ His son, Bernard, succeeded him and consolidated the two Juvenia workshops into a single one, based in La Chaux-de-Fonds. There he set to work creating products of the highest quality and precision and of exceptional creativity, filing numerous patents, such as his patent in 1914 for the smallest movement constructed on a single level.
Juvenia became known for their extraordinary, avant-garde case designs, unusual time indications and architectural inspiration. Models such as the much imitated Mystère in 1940, an early mystery dial watch. The later Excentrique, with its curved star shaped case housing a quartz movement. The Arithmo from 1945, which was available as a pocket-watch wristwatch or desk clock, and was the world’s first 'practical calculator watch' with its cutting edge built in slide rule. Or the 1950s Trigone, with its large triangular hands.
We’re happy to have several stunning Juvenia models to share with you. Our 1960s Slimatic with its automatic calibre 1015 movement is in stunning NOS condition with NOS Kreisler Milanese style brand - complete with monthly calendar page holder. For more traditional tastes, a few beautifully classic manual wind 15J and 17J 1950s watches. If you find their architecturally influenced case designs appealing, then take a look at our stunning 1960s Mirror Dial or Asymmetric models.
In 1988, Juvenia was acquired by Hong Kong based Asia Commercial Holdings Ltd., and continue to make innovative designs such as the Sextant, with its unique time display, a new version of the classic Slimatic as well as other fine grade watches–just as they always have.
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