From December 19th to December 24th in Yokohama Creative City Center, this exhibition is a tribute to the protagonist of the first steps of Swiss watchmaking in the Land of the Rising Sun. On the eve of its 225th anniversary, the Manufacture highlights its heritage and its secular tradition through the dedicated exhibition, the first fruits of the future Girard-Perregaux museum which will open its doors current 2016 in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
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Francois-Perregaux the first Swiss watchmaker established in Japan Le Locle 1834 - 1877 Yokohama) Born into a family of big watchmaking businessmen in Le Locle, François Perregaux set off in 1853 for New York, where he spent six years representing the family business H. Perregaux & Co. Back in his home town in 1859, he set off the same year for Asia as the agent of the Watchmaking Union to set up an export office. From 1860 he was based in Yokohama, becoming the first Swiss watchmaking businessman to set up in the Land of the Rising Sun, before the signature of the friendship and trade treaty between Switzerland and Japan (1864). In 1865, he founded the company F. Perregaux & Co in Yokohama, and would be the official agent of Girard-Perregaux until the year 1877, when he passed away.
Date: December 19th～24th, 2015
Open to the public
Site: Yokohama Creativecity Center
6-50-1, Honcho Naka-ku, Yokohama 231-8315
Opening hours: 11:00 ～ 19:00
Admission fee: Free