On 12 March 2020, the time had come: after three years of development, Soprod presented a new movement, the Newton P092 calibre.
Here we take a look inside this still relatively new watch movement. Let’s see what surprises it has to offer!
Besançon, capital of Franche-Comté in eastern France, was once the centre of the French watchmaking industry. The first watch manufactory in Besançon was founded as early as 1793 by some watchmakers from Switzerland. Around 1880, 90% of the watches manufactured in France came from Besançon! Between 1883 and 1914, the number of watchmaking companies in the city grew by 105 to a total of 348.
Patent numbers on movements always catch my attention. And movements with balance bridgesBalance bridges have two attachment points, balance cocks only one instead of cocks even more so. This is also the case with this Cymrex, about which I will report a little here.
The Swiss Industrial Property Office (German: Eidgenössisches Amt für gewerbliches Eigenthum, French: Bureau Fédéral de la Propriété Intellectuelle) was founded on November 15, 1888, with headquarters in Bern, and started operations with only seven employees. Today it is called the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (German: IGE = Eidgenössisches Institut für Geistiges Eigentum) and has about 300 employees.
The most famous employee of this office might be Albert Einstein, who started his service in July 1902 at the age of 23 as technical expert third class. But it should not be about him here!