Girard-Perregaux is a high-end Swiss watch manufacture with its origins dating back to 1791. It is situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland and is a part of the Sowind group, a subsidiary of Kering.
watchmaker and goldsmith Jean-François Bautte signed his first watches. He created a manufacturing
company in Geneva grouping, for the first time ever, all the watch making
facets of that time, which meant starting from the engineering of the watch all
the way to the final hand assembly and hand polishing of each watch. In 1852,
the watchmaker Constant
Girard founded the Girard & Cie Firm in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
He, then, married Marie Perregaux and the Girard-Perregaux Manufacture was born
in 1856. In 1906, Constant Girard-Gallet, who took over control of the
Manufacture from his father, took over the Bautte House and merged it with
Girard-Perregaux & Cie. Since then, the brand has pursued its activities by reinforcing
from the 1980s its position in the domain of prestigious mechanical watches,
Haute Horlogerie, under the lead of Luigi Macaluso. In 2011, Sowind Group, the holding incorporating Girard-Perregaux, became a
subsidiary of Kering.