J. TH. WINNERL – Chronometer maker
The three Founder’s Series wristwatches presented here celebrate the revival of the name J. TH. Winnerl, a horological master and innovator responsible for major advances in watchmaking and timekeeping. Almost forgotten by history, his chronometers were responsible for a broad array of applications, from breakthrough scientific measurements of the speed of light, the essential observation of stars, galaxies and planets, as well as civil timekeeping and the guiding of ships over the seven seas. In fact, Winnerl’s ship’s chronometers were so accurate and so well built, they were still in regular use by the French Navy in the late 1970’s, even after the regular establishment of atomic timekeeping. He is, in my personal opinion, the ultimate ‘watchmaker for watchmakers’, and it is extremely gratifying for me to present these first watches to the public, after decades of researching the man and the timekeepers he created.