The whole concept of doing everything in-house is usually the preserve of the big names of watchmaking – Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet. However, Schwarz-Etienne, a 100-year-old under-the-radar name, has not only got levels of vertical integration that would make some of the more established names weep, it also goes the extra mile and makes its own balance springs, something very few brands do.
Revived in the mid-noughties by businessman Raffaello Radicchi, this petite Swiss power house has since launched in-house movements, tourbillons and even a timepiece that is inspired by the alleged alien landings at Roswell in the New Mexico desert in 1947 and that contains a piece of rock from the Matterhorn.
The finished watches combine the iconoclastic vision of the likes of MB&F with the classical design of more traditional names such as Breguet.
Schwarz-Etienne may be over 100, but it is still ripping up the rule book when it comes to high-end watchmaking.
“The next time you come across a Schwarz-Etienne timepiece maybe take the time to have a closer look. There’s a lot more going on than first meets the eye.” Monochrome Watches
“The brand has evolved within a watchmaking producer that now gives it an unparalleled level of vertical integration.” World Tempus
“Few companies possess the competence to make both watches and movements, distinguishing Schwarz Etienne as special.” The Watchmaker’s Club
“Schwarz-Etienne are masters at what they do and there really is few better examples of a watchmaker at the top of their game.” The Coolector