A Brief History of Gay Frères
Today, Rolex is by all measures, a valid in-house maker. From the exclusive gold and hardened steel compounds utilized for their cases and arm bands, right down to the specific greases utilized on the different pieces of their developments, essentially each and every component in a contemporary Rolex watch is created completely in-house.
However, Rolex’s vertically incorporated creation measure was not generally set up, and for a significant part of the brand’s initial history, the now-unbelievable watch producer depended intensely on various outsider makers and providers for the different components of their watches. Among these was Gay Frères, a notable metal arm band maker, who provided wristbands to various unmistakable, extravagance watch companies.
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Founded in 1835 by Jean-Pierre Gay and Gaspard Tissot, Gay Frères initially represented considerable authority in the creation of carefully assembled, gold chains for use with pocket watches and other different adornments related applications. During the 20 th century, as shopper inclinations changed away from pocket watches and moved progressively towards wristwatches, Frères adjusted to the evolving times, and began to produce finely created, metal wristbands for use with top of the line watches that merited a band that coordinated the vibe and nature of the actual watch.
Throughout a significant part of the 20 th century, Gay Frères assumed a significant part inside the wristwatch business as one of its biggest and most profoundly respected wristband makers. The rundown of wristwatch companies for which Frères planned and provided wristbands is broad, and incorporates a portion of Switzerland’s generally renowned and notable brands , like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and Heuer – just to give some examples.
Gay Frères’ impact is obviously connected to Rolex (Pictured: Cosmograph Daytona 116250)
There were different companies that produced metal arm bands for wristwatches ; anyway the imaginative plans of Gay Frères, alongside the company’s reliably solid form, quality and craftsmanship, procured them the business’ best position. Furthermore, during the 1930s, purchaser inclinations moved towards watches with treated steel cases, which gave Gay Frères an extra favorable position. Treated steel is essentially harder and more hard to shape than gold, and thusly requires a degree of aptitude craftsmanship that a couple of companies at that point (other than Gay Frères) would have had the option to supply, not to mention make for an enormous scope.
By the 1970s, Gay Frères had just fabricated a solid standing as both a producer and an arm band fashioner. Because of their unmatched skill and experience fabricating watch wristbands from hardened steel, Audemars Piguet moved toward Gay Frères for the coordinated arm band on their now-notable Royal Oak. After four years, Patek Philippe additionally contacted Gay Frères; anyway this time it was for assist with the arm band on their recently planned competitor to Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak: the Nautilus.
Frères helped Patek Philippe and Audemars Piguet plan their individual arm bands (PC: Fratello)
At the stature of its prosperity during the mid 1970s, Gay Frères was running the biggest industrial facility in Geneva and utilizing more than 500 skilled workers and trained professionals. Notwithstanding wristbands for wristwatches, Gay Frères additionally made an assortment of other gems related items. While it was Gay Frères that fabricated the very firsts metal wristbands for Rolex during the 1930s, things would eventually come round trip for the unbelievable arm band creator in 1998, when Rolex bought the memorable company as a feature of a continuous exertion to secure past providers and vertically coordinate all parts of their creation cycle.
Possibly the most noteworthy component about Gay Frères was the company’s capacity to deliver an apparently perpetual assortment of superb and unmistakable wristband plans that would impeccably compliment a unimaginably different scope of wristwatches. All through their long and celebrated history, Gay Frères made arm bands for everything from moderately planned dress watches of the 1950s, to stout and clearly energetic chronographs from the 1970s. Notwithstanding delivering wristbands for a tremendous scope of various watches from a wide range of watch producers, by one way or another each Frères arm band is by all accounts entirely fit to the general style of the watch to which it is fitted.