The beginnings of Blancpain
The hobby watchmaker Jehan-Jacques Blancpain founded the Swiss watch manufacture in 1735. From the beginning the name Blancpain stood for the creation of prestigious watches.
The company was to remain in family ownership until 1932, when Frédéric-Louis Blancpain, the great-grandson of the founder, died. For the next 40 years, the manufacture was to be called «Rayville S.A., succ. De Blancpain ", while the timepieces produced, continued to bear the name of the founding family. At the end of the 1950s, Rayville-Blancpain fabricated more than 100,000 watches a year.