Revue Thommen AG
CH – 4303 Kaiseraugst
In 1853 the Société d ‘Horlogerie à Waldenbourg was founded as a Swiss watchmaker of the municipality of Waldenburg. It starts with the production of wristwatches to work in Waldenburger Tal, whose location on the Basel-Geneva route had become immaterial due to the newly established train connection Basel – Olten – Geneva.
1859: Gédéon Thommen and Louis Tschopp acquire the company and privately restructure them. Gédéon Thommen is also the founder and promoter of the “Waldenburgerbahn”, a steam train connecting the villages of the valley.
Tschopp soon leaves the company and the company is called Gédéon Thommen’s watch factories.
From 1905, the company was registered in the trade as REVUE THOMMEN AG, a stock corporation. REVUE had earlier been used as the brand name of the company’s wristwatches after being marketed as “GT” watches (GT for Gédéon Thommen).
In 1916 the first aircraft chronograph of the Swiss Air Force was created and laid the foundations for the success of the company as an aircraft instrument supplier.
From 1936 to 1943, the company received a development and production program for cockpit instrumentation for the Swiss Air Force. REVUE THOMMEN develops and supplies altimeters, air speed indicators, vertical speed indicators, watches and the chassis for the Swiss multifunctional double deck EKW C-35.
In 1945, REVUE THOMMEN marketed its technical capabilities in the air transport sector by launching a pocket height meter for alpinists. Derivatives such as altimeters for parachute jumpers follow and are produced well into the Internet era.
The year 2000 is an important sign in the company’s history.
REVUE THOMMEN AG grants the Swiss company Grovana AG a license for the production and marketing of the REVUE THOMMEN watch branded products, while the REVUE THOMMEN AG concentrates its aircraft instrument business.
After the wristwatch business has passed, the company is putting its feet into new territory by expanding its mechanical cockpit instrument business by the introduction of electronic aircraft equipment.
These include air data systems and helicopter headlights.
In 2012, GT Thommen Watch AG, the joint venture partnership of Andreas Thommen, Roland Buser and Christopher Bitterli, will acquire the IP rights for watchmaking from REVUE THOMMEN AG and will begin to revitalize the brand in the Swiss watch band. They nominate the Swiss Limited (SIL) initiative as sole licensee for production and worldwide distribution in 2015.
REVUE THOMMEN is now being acquired by the TRANSAS Group in 2012, a Russian technology company, which will transfer its shares to the Russian private investor Sistema on October 4, 2015.
The decline in demand for mechanical aircraft instruments in the aviation industry and economic pressure also led to the reorganization of REVUE THOMMEN AG.
REVUE, the former brand name of wristwatches, is removed from the company name in order to clearly identify the company as a supplier to the aviation industry. In 2015 it will be rebranded as THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT AG and it will be a step through the sale of its mechanical aircraft instrument business to SATHOM, a subsidiary of the French aircraft component MRO company SATORI Sarl in June 2016.
SATHOM remains at the original location of REVUE THOMMEN and is licensed to continue the production and sale of mechanical aircraft under the brand name THOMMEN.
In 2016 THOMMEN AIRCRAFT EQUIPMENT moves from Waldenburg to a modern location in Muttenz, Switzerland, closer to Basel, where it concerns the development of electronic aircraft clocks, air data systems and helicopter headlights, cabin / emergency flashlights.
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