Women CEOs at the Helm: Has the “Course” of Fine Watchmaking Changed?

6月 10, 2023

Although watches are often seen as a predominantly male and male-dominated industry, it was women who first started the trend in watches.
In 1810, Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of Breguet, made the first watch for the Queen of Naples, N°2639; in 1868, Patek Philippe created a bracelet watch for the Countess Koscowicz of Hungary (picture below).

By the end of the 19th century, it had become fashionable for women to wear elaborate watches set on bracelets as an ornament, while men were still using pocket watches. The wristwatch was still considered a fashion item until World War I whe …