How it all started
The origins of the EPOS Company date back to
1925. In that year, James Aubert formed his
watch company in the Vallée de Joux, known
as the centre of the mechanical watch world.
James Aubert was an enthusiastic mechanical
watch engineer, who dedicated his life to
developing new watch mechanisms.
James Aubert was a master of his art and
spent most of his efforts focusing on
technical developments of chrono-graphs and
minute repeaters. He had first acquired his
skills working as an engineer for the former
watch movement manufacturers “Valjoux” and “Landeron“.
||In the true
watchmakers’ tradition, he handed down
his knowledge to his nephew Jean Aubert
and his son-in-law, Jean Fillon, who is
still today the EPOS’ watch engineer in
chief. In his workshop many of EPOS’ own
developments for complicated watches
were created in close cooperation with
EPOS watchmakers. A few that could be
named are the jumping hour, the power
reserve indication, the big date, the
regulator and the regulator with the
phases of the moon.
In the early 80s, the success story of the
traditional Swiss watch came to a standstill.
The new quartz technology radically changed the
face of the watch industry. Nobody wanted to
produce mechanical watches any longer, with the
notable exception of a few luxury brands.
Peter Hofer, a long-established expert in Swiss
watchmaking, was one of the few who still
believed in the future of the mechanical watch.
With this vision, he and his wife Erna decided
to form their own company in 1983: Montres EPOS
SA. Their main assets were a passion for
mechanical watches and a technical know-how in
|Personal contacts with key people in watch
workshops both in the Jura Mountains and the
Vallée de Joux, as well as a vast knowledge of
the global watch market, enabled Peter Hofer to
quickly develop his own brand. From the very
beginning, EPOS has been a mechanical brand with
interesting innovations. For 20 years he
remained faithful to his vision, developing
stunning collections incorporating fascinating
mechanisms, always in close cooperation with
In 2002 Peter Hofer looked for a successor who
shared his passion for mechanical watches and
was willing to take over and develop the EPOS
business. Ursula Forster, who came from a
watchmakers’ family, and her husband Tamdi, who
also had great experience in the Swiss
watchmaking industry, seemed to be the ideal
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