Synonymous with artistry, innovation and craftsmanship, Movado has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of modern design and elevating the art of fine watchmaking to a fine art form since our founding in Switzerland in 1881.
Over the past 134 years, Movado has been a brand in motion – always changing, always innovating, always moving forward. This quest for innovation has made us one of the world’s premier watchmakers with more than 100 patents and 200 international awards for watch design and time technology. With a proud heritage of Swiss craftsmanship, design excellence, and technological innovation, Movado continues innovating into the future.
The Movado watch collection at Ernest Jones includes, 1881 Automatic, Rondiro, Movado BOLD and the legendary Museum Classic timepieces.
For those with a minimalist, modern and individual style.
1881: A STORY OF INNOVATION
Excellence in design. A dedication to Swiss craftsmanship. The quest for technological innovation. The Movado philosophy is as valid today as it was when entrepreneurial 19-year-old watchmaker Achille Ditesheim, founded the company that was to become Movado in 1881, in the village of La Chaux-de-Fonds, the birthplace and national center of fine Swiss watchmaking.
Ditesheim, who had recently finished his training at a watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, employed 6 craftsmen in his first workshop which specialized in the assembly of movements and pocket watches. It was located inside Rue 1er Mars, No. 13, a 3-story house that is still standing today.
His watchmaking enterprise grew quickly: Ditesheim’s factory employed 30 workmen in 1890. By 1897, their ranks had grown to 80.
From the beginning, Ditesheim was determined to develop timepieces that would surpass all others in quality, and within a few years his watches were making history.
Always in motion
“Movado”, a word meaning “always in motion” in the international language of Esperanto was adapted by the brand in 1905. This new name proved to be a prophetic choice. Since then, Movado has achieved a legacy of design innovation, earning more than 100 patents and 200 international awards for artistry and innovation in watch design and time technology – and Movado timepieces have won world renown for their unique beauty and timeless design.
When American artist, Nathan George Horwitt's original design was selected for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1960, it became the first watch dial ever awarded this distinction. The name "Museum Watch" derives from this recognition.
Today, the dial acclaimed for purity of design unrivaled in the history of time-keeping continues to distinguish many Movado designs – and Movado watches may be found in the collections of these prominent museums around the world:
- Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
- Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst “Neue Sammlung”, Munich, Germany
- Museum Moderne Kunst, Vienna, Austria
- Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá, Colombia
- Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
- Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Caracas, Venezuela
- American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, Connecticut, USA
- Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Museum Beyer, Zurich, Switzerland
- Finnish Museum of Horology, Helsinki, Finland
- Museo de Bellas Artes, Bilbao, Spain
- Kunstgewerbemuseum “Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz”, Berlin, Germany
- Design Museum, London, England
- Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki, Japan
- Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
- Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
- Museum “Altes Zeughaus”, Solothurn, Switzerland
Long identified with Modernism, Movado’s celebrated single dot Museum dial is regarded as an icon of 20th century design.
This proud legacy of design innovation remains relevant today and is present in everything we do, from our artist collaborations to our philanthropic efforts, to each new timepiece we create – making Movado modern ahead of its time.