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 the technical know-how needed to create mechanical masterpieces.
Personal contacts with key people in Swiss watch industry, as well as a vast knowledge of the global watch market, enabled Peter Hofer to fruitfully develop his own brand. From the very beginning, Hofer was supported by Jean Fillon who was the driving force behind many of the interesting EPOS innovations. For 20 years, Hofer remained faithful to his vision, developing stunning collections incorporating fascinating mechanisms, always in close cooperation with Jean Fillon.