Our Story


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MAY 1946
Nappey is born
Jules Nappey founded his workshop
Jules Nappey

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Jules Nappey opens his first workshop in 1946, in Besançon, east of France.

He starts producing his first mechanical pocket watch, a few decades before the arriving of quartz watches.

The First AquaSport model
Birth of the Nappey AquaSport
Nappey Aquasport

Jules Nappey has always dreamed of producing a robust watch for professional athletes and amateur ones. With the AquaSport collection intended for thrill-seekers, the brand has managed to create a place for itself in the very competitive world of French watchmaking.

Tour de France Sponsorship
Nappey sponsored the Tour de France
Sponsorie Tour de France

Between 1957 and 1960, the brand Nappey sponsored the most important competition for cycling fans: the world famous Tour de France.

Nappey joined the Heuroplan group
Movado, Eska, Cyma, Juvenia and Nappey joined the Heuroplan group
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In 1959, after the opening of the European common market, the Nappey company joined the Heuroplan group, bringing together the Swiss brands Movado, Eska, Cyma and Juvenia; which aimed to promote the watches of these five brands in the French market.

MARCH 1960
World's first dual time zone watches
“Jumelles Times” successful launch
Nappey Jumelles Times

At the 1960 Besançon horology fair, the Nappey company created a sensation by launching one of the world's first dual time zone watches called “Jumelles Times”, bringing together two small mechanical movements in a single case.

The first ladies watch
Nathalie, the first women's model is launched
Nathalie Nappey 240

After receiving several requests from female customers, Jules Nappey decided to meet their expectations with a revolutionary model for the 1970s, featuring a very innovative diamond shape and a case made of gold.

The first Moon Phase watch
Nappey "Moon Phase" launch
Moon Phase Nappey watch

Perhaps, one of the most beautiful timepiece produced by Nappey, the Moon Phase model is equipped with a quartz movement which has a date at 6 o'clock and a moon phase complication.

1995 - 2012
Nappey joined the Claude Hélier group
Under the leadership of Claude Hélier Group
1996 to 2006

In 1980, Claude Hélier group was in its peak and employed 180 people to produce luxury watches in France. The group acquired the brand Nappey to bring it into the quartz age and make it through the 21st century.

This era was marked by the emergence of waterproof watches with screw down crowns as well as larger watches with a diameter exceeding 41 mm.

The brand is relaunched
Nappey in the new era
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After falling under the spell of the brand, a team of French watchmaking enthusiasts from Paris decided to relaunch the brand with current fashion codes.

The first model is named  "Renaissance" and is endowed with a 60 hours power reserve movement.

Launches of new watch collections
Nappey unveils two new models
1a Nappey skeleton watch blue

After having enjoyed great success with our Renaissance model, which boasted a 60-hour power reserve, we are repeating this by unveiling two ambitious models: the Nappey Skeleton which takes up the lines of the Renaissance case, while offering a skeleton design revealing the workings of the mechanism; and the De Vosges model, one of the rare automatic watches on the market with an affordable rectangular case.

These two new models demonstrate our desire to offer innovative watches, combining watchmaking tradition and contemporary design. We are proud to continue surprising you in the 21st century with unique creations.