In 1902, Paul Arthur Schwarz and his wife Olga Etienne founded Schwarz Etienne. The company name is an amalgam of the founders’ surnames. This family business, founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel, began life as a manufacturer of mechanical movements that were subsequently housed in watches bearing the names Alpha, Astin, Sultana Le Phare and Venus.
The reputation of Schwarz Etienne grew and the company went on to form partnerships with several illustrious names, including Caran d’Ache, Chanel, Dunhill and Mauboussin. Schwarz Etienne gained respect for its expertise and, most notably, the quality and reliability of its products. Indeed, the company set the benchmark for manufacturing mechanical movements.