The history of the LIP watches dates back to 1807, when Emmanuel Lipmann created a chronometer watch which was gifted to Napoleon Bonaparte by the inhabitants of the region. 60 years later, Emmanuel’s grandson Ernest opened an atelier in Besancon and in 1896, the word LIP appeared for the first time while designing the chronometer LIP.
LIP watches were one of the first premier French brands to invest heavily in publicity and advertising and in 1914 Lip Watches began supplying their brand of watches to the French military officers. In 1948 the French government presented Winston Churchill with a Lip watch, was widely seen as a huge accolade to the company at that time.
The company first started mass producing watches for the military in the First World War. It evolved in the late 1960’s as the company hired some famous industrial designers to elaborate a new “design” range of watches. They included Francois de Baschmakoff and Roger Tallon, one of France’s best known industrial designers, who designed the iconic TGV high speed train and the Paris Metro map. Later in 1975, Roger Tallon designed the Big TV watches, and instantly became a classic design of the era. It has a characteristic of prominent square “coffin” case, and a bold, thick leather strap, combined with a simple watch face.
LIP watches continued to enjoy success up until the 1980’s when the company suffered from huge financial and internal political problems. By the early 1990’s however, Jean-Claude Sensemat took over Lip Watches and founded the LIP France Company. From this point on they have continued to slowly recovery the pedigree they rightly deserve.
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The Big TV designed has now been updated by LIP’s “in-house” designer Prisca Briquet, taking on a more eco-friendly automatic movements. Other modifications include black or all chocolate brown color finishes, also available with sleek steel strap to match the watch face in either chocolate or brown. The regular hour, minute and second hand movement is also replaced with a new hour, minute, second revolving disc movement. There has been a revival of the 1970s vintage watches, and the The Big TV watches are still iconic to this day, proving that good design is timeless.
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