Georges Favre-Jacot was born in 1843. In 1865, at the young age of only 22, he founded the “Fabrique des Billodes” in Le Locle, which later became the famous watch manufacturer Zenith. First, he made precision pocket watches that were signed with his name. 1900 the product range was expanded Board chronometers, table clocks, precision pendulum watches and later also marine chronometers were manufactured.
The name “Zenith” came to his mind, when he had just developed a movement that seemed more perfect than any previous to him; on looking at the starry sky, the sky appeared to him as the game of the wheels and pins in a perfect mechanics, and he decided to name his new movement and also his manufacture after the highest point of the universe Zenith. Also, hence, resulted for him the choice of a five-pointed star as the company symbol.
Georges Favre-Jacot died on May 19, 1917.
- Das ZEITGEFÜHL-Uhrenbuch; Author Gerd-Lothar Reschke; ISBN 3-938607-61-0