Revue Thommen: Further developments at the cutting edge
The ability to make its own, extremely reliable movements is at the heart of the esteem that Revue Thommen has enjoyed with its customers over many decades. Drawing on this expertise, in the 1920s the company decided to produce precise measuring instruments for aviation, and it has continuously expanded this area of operation ever since.
In reaction to the wave of cheap quartz watches from the Far East that plunged the watch industry into tumult in the early 1960s, Revue Thommen merged with several other firms to form Manufactures d'Horlogerie Suisses Réunies SA. This allowed more efficient work practises to be introduced and helped to assure the company's future. To this end, the creation of movements in the original company headquarters in Waldenburg ceased and was relocated instead to Vulcain Studio SA. At the start of the 2000s, Revue Thommen became a subsidiary of the Swiss umbrella company Grovana, with the good news that it was once again able to directly manufacture its own watch movements. These in-house calibres bore the initials of the company founder: GT.
A few years ago, history ran full circle and Revue Thommen returned to the ownership of the Thommen family. Working with a business partner, Andreas Thommen bought the firm with the goal of revitalizing this once treasured watch brand. A range of new and existing models were showcased at the Baselworld watch and jewellery convention in 2015, a clear demonstration that he is well on his way to achieving his aim.