Solvil et Titus, a legendary name in Swiss watchmaking, was founded in 1887 by Paul Bernard Ditisheim (1868-1945) and has been long revered as the originator of modern chronometry.
“Solvil” refers to the village of Sonvilier on the Swiss side of the Jura Mountains, where a factory produced meticulously crafted watch components; while “Titus” pays tribute to the Roman emperor in the first century AD.
Born into an influential circle of industrialist families leading the Swiss watch industry, Ditisheim graduated with a diploma in watchmaking from École d’arts appliqués La Chaux-de-Fonds at the age of 13. After furthering his training at various major watchmakers, he achieved his technological breakthroughs in countering the effects of atmospheric pressure and magnetic fields on timekeeping. Ditisheim shot to fame by winning precision trials against other watchmakers, culminating in his crowning achievement of winning the world’s chronometric record at the Royal Kew Observatory in 1912. Ever since Solvil et Titus has become synonymous with the highest standards in timekeeping precision – from navigational-purposed watches to chronometers with automatic display of sunrise and sunset time to the minute each day; from watches with perpetual calendars to ones that could strike and incorporate chimes, from chronometers with equations of time to timepieces with numerous complications.
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