For more than 40 years, Maurice Lacroix watches have been manufactured in the company’s own state-of the-art workshops in Saignelegier.

Maurice Lacroix - History - Brand history and the origin

Brand history & the origin

When Desco von Schulthess Company, an internationally operating company, launched its first watch models under the name Maurice Lacroix in 1975, it was able to draw on its long experience in this industry: The company with its long tradition, founded in 1889 in Zurich, had represented wellknown Swiss watch brands since 1946, especially in the Far East. In the early 1960s, the parent company of Maurice Lacroix purchased a business for assembling watches in Saignelegier.

Here, in the heart of the Swiss Jura mountains, high-quality timepieces were produced for several name brands of watches, which carried the private label signatures on dial, case, and movement. Thanks to its know-how gained from decades of building high-quality watches, it was only a small step for Desco von Schulthess to create its own brand.

  • 1975
  • 1989
  • 1990
  • 1992
  • 1999
  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2006
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • Desco von Schulthess begins watch manufacturing in Saignelégier under brand name Maurice Lacroix.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 1975
  • Purchase of case manufacturing plant in Saignelégier.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 1989
  • Launch and development of Maurice Lacroix’s Calypso collection.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 1990
  • Launch of the 1st Masterpiece Cinq Aiguilles (collection previously called “Les Mécaniques”)

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 1992
  • Launch of the first Calendrier Retrograde.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 1999
  • As of October 1, Maurice Lacroix S.A. is an independent legal entity. The brand sets up its own workshops to produce complex components for its mechanical calibres.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2001
  • Launch of the first Double Retrograde...

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2003
  • Launch of first in-house manufactured mechanical calibre ML-106.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2006
  • Launch of Masterpiece Square Weel

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2010
  • Launch of Masterpiece Mysterious Second

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2013
  • Launch of Masterpiece Gravity with its silicium assortment.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2014
  • Rebirth of the Iconic Calypso with the AIKON.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2016
  • 25th anniversary of the Masterpiece collection.

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2017
  • Launch of the AIKON Automatic

    Maurice Lacroix - History - 2018

Brand values

Over the centuries, to the credit of the innovative spirit and perfectionism of its watchmakers, Switzerland has earned a one-of-a-kind reputation. Maurice Lacroix is committed to uphold this tradition and high standard of watchmaking craftsmanship. For more than 40 years, Maurice Lacroix watches have been manufactured in the company's own state-of the-art workshops in Saignelegier. Here, all factors critical to the successful production of excellent watches with high perceived value converge: watchmaking know-how, skilled craftsmanship, industrial espertise, technological capability, and, not least, a pronounced sense of quality.

The company has won over a dozen major awards for its watches over the years, with industry panels recognizing its design, ingenious creativity and craftsmanship. It continues to grow, based on a winning formula of quality, reliability, ingenuity and determination, expressed through fresher designs backed by patented technologies. The company relentlessly seeks to deliver a new perspective on time to reward and accompany consumers in their quest of success. It is this “Success is journey, not a destination” which is at the heart of the brand's culture.

Maurice Lacroix - History - Calypso
Maurice Lacroix - History - Movement
Maurice Lacroix - History - Square Wheel
Maurice Lacroix - History - CALENDRIER RETROGRADE
Maurice Lacroix - History - Manufacture
Maurice Lacroix - History - Movement Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton
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