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Preserving Tradition: The Timeless Legacy of Cadrans Flückiger in the Modern Era

In the heart of the French-speaking part of the Jura Mountains lies a testament to tradition and craftsmanship: Cadrans Flückiger S.A. Founded in 1860, this renowned dial maker has not only endured the test of time but has also embraced its heritage amidst the rapid evolution of the watchmaking industry.

Since its acquisition by the prestigious Patek Philippe in 2006, Cadrans Flückiger has experienced significant growth, expanding its workforce from 54 employees to around 100. However, despite its modernization and growth, the essence of Cadrans Flückiger remains deeply rooted in the 19th-century traditions of établissage.

Établissage, a French term denoting the assembly of a watch from components made by outside specialists, was a prevalent system of production in the watchmaking villages of the Jura during the 19th century. It was a collaborative process that involved skilled artisans specializing in various aspects of watchmaking, from dial making to movement production, coming together to create exquisite timepieces.

At Cadrans Flückiger, this traditional approach to watchmaking continues to thrive. The factory, nestled amidst the picturesque St.-Imier Valley, maintains its commitment to preserving age-old techniques and craftsmanship. Original equipment, including an antiquated rose engine used for guillochage — a process that creates intricate decorative patterns — still occupies the workshop, serving as a testament to the enduring legacy of artisanal excellence.

Despite the advancements in technology and production methods, Cadrans Flückiger remains steadfast in its dedication to handcrafted precision. Skilled artisans painstakingly labor over each dial, ensuring that every detail meets the exacting standards of quality synonymous with the Patek Philippe name.

The acquisition by Patek Philippe has not only brought about growth and expansion but has also provided Cadrans Flückiger with access to unparalleled resources and expertise. Under the guidance of one of the most prestigious watchmaking houses in the world, Cadrans Flückiger has continued to flourish while staying true to its heritage and traditions.

In an era dominated by mass production and automation, Cadrans Flückiger stands as a beacon of tradition and craftsmanship in the modern watchmaking landscape. Its commitment to preserving the artistry of the past while embracing the innovations of the future serves as a testament to the enduring legacy of Swiss watchmaking.

As the demand for luxury timepieces continues to grow, Cadrans Flückiger remains poised to meet the evolving needs of discerning collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. With its unwavering dedication to quality, precision, and tradition, Cadrans Flückiger is not just a dial maker — it is a guardian of watchmaking heritage, ensuring that the timeless art of horology continues to thrive for generations to come.


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