The Swiss mechanical watch production is classified in three different processes: T0 (the production of the metal parts of the movement), T1 (the finishing, assembling and fine setting of all these parts to create a perfectly working mechanical movement) and T2 (when the movement is assembled inside the case making it a complete watch).
Back in the days (between the 30's and the 70's) Armand Nicolet had one of the most specialised ateliers in the T1 process. Particularly focused on the complicated mechanical movements produced at that time like the Venus Chronographs (including the Rattrappante or Split Second), the Complete Calendar and many other calibres. Through the skills and knowledge of their factory's master watch-makers the company used to finish and sell these movements to many of the most prestigious Swiss brands. At the end of the 70's, when the crisis hit the Swiss Watch Industry because of quartz movements making their big entrance on the market, unlike other brands which either closed their factories or underwent a conversion process, the Armand Nicolet factory, managed by Willy Nicolet (son of Armand), succeeded to preserve their extraordinary knowledge keeping the atelier open throughout those difficult years.
The new management saw the huge potential in having this treasure and decided to rescue, maintain and continuously develop the company's know-how by working on these old movements (such as UNITAS, Venus, ETA, Peseux, FHF etc...) and bringing them back to a new life.
Such beautiful and extraordinary movements are now featured in our Manufacture Collections that because of the few original old movements still available are created only in Limited Editions. These products locate Armand Nicolet on the market in a unique position of which we are very proud of. The precious artisan savoir-faire is alive and dynamic at the Armand Nicolet factory and enables the production of unique and truly valuable watches.
Constantly in search of innovation and perfection our master watch-makers rigorously pursue the tradition of Armand Nicolet, developing inside our atelier all steps of the production process, from the project to the assembly and the final control of each part and of the final product. Each Armand Nicolet watch is delivered with its individual International Warranty Certificate along with the individual Technical Control Certificate compiled by the watch-maker who has performed the final control of the watch.
Applying the knowledge that this peculiar production gives us we produce also Contemporary Collections that feature ETA-based movements modified and refinished according to our project's specifications. The beautiful models of all these collections stand out thanks to the refined look created by our Italian designers.