Born in 1842
Origin  Russia
Prices from  £12,500
Famous for  On the jewellery side, its exquisitely made jewel-encrusted eggs beloved of the Russian Tsars

Although Fabergé has been renowned as a jewellery house since the 1800s, even managing to survive the Russian revolution thanks to being nationalised by the Bolsheviks, its watch-making story is far shorter.

The licence to manufacture watches under the Fabergé name was granted to a German company called Victor Mayer, who continued to make timepieces for the brand until 2012.

A year later an appointment was to be made that would dramatically change this side of the business. Aurélie Picard, who had previously been employed by the likes of Audemars Piguet and Omega, took over as timepieces director. Under her auspices, Fabergé has been transformed from a jewellery brand who had a few watches to a serious competitor on the horological landscape.

She has worked with the legendary Jean-Marc Wiederrecht from Agenhor on proprietary movements for the brand; created a brilliant take on the flying tourbillon with Giulio Papi of Renaud et Papi fame and launched a gorgeous core collection for women that Picaud worked on with Vaucher.

There have also been beautifully bejewelled watches for women and Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève wins in 2015 and 2016. The former was for the Ladies High Mechanical category for its Lady Compliquée Peacock watch. Wiederrecht was responsible for the complication on this watch, which sees the peacock fan its tail every 60 minutes to make the hour disc advance, while the latter was a win in the Travel Time category for the Visionnaire DTZ (Dual Time Zone), which took the innovative approach of displaying the second time zone as a jumping hour in the centre of the dial.

Picaud has also recently worked with independent watchmaker Fiona Kruger and renowned enamelist Anita Porchet on new version of the Lady Libertine watch.

Did You Know?  A Fabergé egg is central to the plot of the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy.

Brand Friends: Historical fans of the jewellery include the Russian tsars, banking family the Rothschilds and Joan Rivers.

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