In 1807, the Jewish community of Besançon offered a mechanical watch (montre à gousset) to Napoleon. Sixty years later, Emmanuel Lipman and his sons founded a clockwork workshop under the name of Comptoir Lipmann, and so began this history of the Lipmann Brothers Clock Factory. Their first major launch was the Lip stopwatch in 1896 (after which Lip became the true brand of the company). Next up, Lip debuted the first electronic watch, known as the “Electronic,” in 1952 (which wasn’t perfected and released to the public until 1958). The first models were worn by the likes of Charles de Gaulle and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower; in 1948, a T18 was offered to Winston Churchill.
The 20th century history of the company is a pretty interesting one, but far too complicated and off topic for me to go into here. However, if you have any interest whatsoever (and I think you should!), check out the Wikipedia entry on the company. Super interesting. For the sake up SuperRadNow, we will jump to Roger Tallon’s involvement with Lip in the 70s.
A true renaissance man of the mid-century, Roger Tallon’s contributions to the Modern era include the Teleavia, the earliest portable television, the world’s first Helicoid staircase (part of the Museum of Modern Art collection), and the ultra modern French high speed TGV trains. Then there are his way cool Lip watches which changed the game forever. These watches were designed in the 70s, and they look as relevant now as they did then.
And, as far as high-quality, high-design watches go, they are pretty reasonably priced to. Go check out the selection at Watchismo.