Watchmaking: Humbert-Droz and La Joux-Perret initiate the first Franco-Swiss movement

Published on 15 Jan. 2022 at 14: 30

The collaboration was announced at the Jules-Haag high school in Besançon (Doubs), which has trained generations of watchmakers, and in the presence of the president of the Fédération de l’Horlogerie. The Réparalux company from Besançon will assemble movements from the Swiss manufacture La Joux-Perret.

The first kits will be delivered at the end of January and 3. movements should be assembled in Besançon in 2022, then 6.000 to 2023 and 9.000 in 2024. “There is a strong demand from the French market for more made in France and it is also a project from the heart”, explains Jean-Claude Eggen, the general manager of the Swiss manufacture which employs 68 employees in La Chaux-de-Fonds, at 1 a.m. 40 from Besançon.

“My wife comes from Besançon, my mother was French, and I discovered that Swiss watchmaking had somewhat destroyed French watchmaking, so I’m taking advantage of the end of my career to rebalance things. »

The idea of ​​this partnership had germinated at the end 2017 in the mind of the watchmaker Julien Humbert-Droz, representative of the 4th

generation of the company Réparalux, when a sales representative from La Joux-Perret came to offer him his new automatic movement G-110, a three-hand caliber with a power reserve of 85 hours.

Drawers soon to be empty

Réparalux still achieves 68 % of its turnover with the after-sales service of major brands Swiss brands as well as the assembly of French brands, and the rest with Humbert-Droz, its own brand launched in 2017

. Watches designed around vintage movements drawn from its stocks.

But its drawers will soon be empty, hence this interest in La Joux-Perret movements “with a very interesting price-quality ratio”, assures Julien Humbert-Droz, who then went there with the audacity. “I said I was in, but only if I could set up the movement in France. »

The enthusiasm of Alain Marhic – creator of March LA. B and customer of Réparalux, ready to equip all its models with this Franco-Swiss movement – had finished convincing the boss of La Joux-Perret. The Utinam brand should follow.

End 2021, a Swiss technician came to train those of Besançon. Réparalux, which had to put partial unemployment on employees during confinement, has just hired a new watchmaker and is investing 68.000 euros in the tools necessary for this new activity.