In La Chaux-de-Fonds, in 1887, Georges-Emile Eberhard a mere 22 years of age, founded the Manufacture d’Horlogerie Eberhard & Co. The Company specialised in the production of technical watches, launching the pocket chronograph, followed in 1919 by the first wrist chronograph. In 1935, innovation centred around the double pulsating chronograph, offering the stop and start functions without having to reset to zero; 1938 was the year that saw the launch of the first chronograph with an hour counter. When 1939 arrived, it heralded a new revolution: the Company created a wrist chronograph equipped with an innovative fly-back device, enabling dual timekeeping. These were the years when the Eberhard chronographs were ploughing through the waves on the wrists of the Italian Royal Navy’s officers. But this was not all: after the war, the first ladies model was launched, after which, at the end of the 50s, the first Extra-fort made its appearance, a real watch industry jewel with seconds hand re-zeroing by means of a sliding push-piece. Technical passion and the taste for a challenge brought together Eberhard and the “Frecce Tricolori” (Three-coloured Arrows), to which the Chronomaster was dedicated in 1984. The Company’s centenary (1887-1987) was celebrated with the Navymaster collection. 1992 was the year of the “Tazio Nuvolari” chronograph, created in honour of the greatest car racing legend of all time.
In 1996, production was orientated towards large-sized models: the Traversetolo was born, with its 43 millimetre diameter. The following year saw a new milestone: “8 Jours”, which, thanks to an exclusive device, needs rewinding only once a week. The third millennium opened with Chrono 4, the first and only chronograph in the history of watchmaking to display four counters aligned horizontally, subsequently also aligned vertically with the Chrono 4 Temerario. In 2003, a new model was added to the “Tazio Nuvolari” collection, dedicated to the famous victory of the Vanderbilt cup. Then once more in the context of extreme challenges, the Scafodat collection was launched in 2006, tackling the ocean depths down to 500 metres. In 2007, Eberhard & Co. celebrated its 120th Anniversary with a chronograph dedicated to this important milestone: the “Chronographe 120ème Anniversaire”, which is the custodian of 120 years of history, passion and dedication. In 2008, the Company is embellishing its collections with important developments to its most representative models and, in this way, laying the bases for new and exclusive projects in the future.