© JAPY FRERES: BIOGRAPHY, HISTORY + MARKING, YEAR.
Édouard Louis Frédéric Japy (1749-1812)
Japy freres was founded 1n 1806 by Frédéric with his sons Pierre (finances/ commerce), Fritz and
Louis (technicality, machine design)
Today JAPY FRERES watches and clocks are still around because of the development by industrialision the
watch manufacturing industry.
They produced many watches and clocks, estimated in the millions during a good 150 years.
Frédéric Japy (1749-1812) was a pioneer in the "art" of industrialisation and manufacturing, not only
watches/ clocks, but of manufacturing in general.
Watches/ clocks were made individual, by hand, by one or more people and then assembled.
Like Ford did with cars, starting production lines for cars, at one place concentrated, Japy did
the same around 1770-1812 by manufacturing pocket watches and clocks in basic production lines
atone place concentrated at Beaucourt (his native town) in France.
In very short time the production was more then double the usual way.
In 1806 three of his sons (Pierre,"Fritz" and Louis) took over the bussines and founded the trademark
The "golden age" to the japy freres dynasty was during the 1850-1930 years, by manufacturing
watches/ clocks that the "common man" could buy.
Japy Freres also created the machines or modified machines to do this.
Because of production amount/ speed and lower prices Japy Freres got many contracts by different army's to
deliver watches and clocks.
Japy Freres gave birth to the new standard for production: in his case this ment: watches, clocks, and later
on emaille dials, and other things.
Later on Frédéric's idea and interpretation of production lines became the industrial standard, as good as
After his death in 1812 the factory went through his family untill the late 1930's, and ended there, as far it
concerned watch/ clocks manufacturing.
Edouard Louis Frédéric Japy 1749-1812 and his wife,Suzanne Catherine Amstutz 1756-1811.
Watch factory Japy Freres, Beaucourt 1823
Watch/ clock factory at Badevel (close to Beaucourt)
FOUNDING "JAPY FRERES", 1806, BY THESE 3 BROTHERS, SONS OF FREDERIC AND SUZANNE.
Pierre Japy 1777-1863 and his wife Caroline Cuvier 1786-1866
Frederic Guillaume "Fritz" Japy 1774-1854 Louis Frederic japy 1777-1852
Adolphe Japy 1813-1897 Henri Japy 1848-1935