Our Home Town

The town of Waldenburg has for centuries held a strategic position on the route between Italy and northern Europe. Even in Roman times, the town controlled the passage over the Hauenstein range of mountains and as a result it became a crossroads for all travelers in the region.

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The President’s Watch

The “Cricket” watch, so named because the alarm replicates the strident noise made by the insect of that name, became the watch of choice of numerous American Presidents due to its distinction and unique alarm mechanism. As the result of gracing the wrist of so many of America’s great leaders, it also became known as “The President’s” watch.

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The Waldenburg Railway

In the mid 1850’s, the Waldenburg Railway was instigated by Gedeon Thommen and Martin Bider, founders of the watch industry in Waldenburg, to connect the village to the town of Liestal. The railway contributed significantly to improving the mobility of the local workforce, the industrialisation of the region and to transporting the Revue Thommen brand to Basel for distribution to the global market.

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Aviation Instruments

In 1936 Revue Thommen diversified into manufacturing Swiss Quality aircraft instruments and equipment for both civil and military applications. The Thommen product line includes classic mechanical cockpit instruments, aircraft clocks and chronographs, air data displays and computers and helicopter searchlights.

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