History of Faberge Watches

Faberge is a name associated with extraordinary jewellery designs and exquisite timepieces, many of which have been commissioned for some of the world’s most elite clientele. The company started in 1842 when Peter Carl Faberge became the Russian Imperial Court’s official goldsmith, innovating captivating jewels and objects including the iconic Imperial Easter Eggs. As a teenager he trained as a respectable goldsmith in France, Germany and England, repairing and restoring masterpieces held at the Hermitage museum in Russia from 1882 onwards.

By combining colourful gemstones and artistic colours with vibrant enamel paints, his revered creations were instantly met with resounding success in prestigious parts of the world like London, Paris and Moscow. Industrialists, tycoons, royalty and artists enjoyed his breath taking creations. When in 1914, the Romanov dynasty came to an abrupt end, it took the House of Faberge with it, which had been going strong for almost half a century. Production ceased and Peter Carl Faberge’s family fled Russia to begin a new life. The Faberge family also lost ownership of the Faberge company and its name when Peter Carl passed away in 1920.

It wasn’t until 2007 that a new direction and completely new ownership breathed life into the company once again. The new leadership reunited with the Faberge family, revitalising the company name and adding a new chapter to the brand’s highly esteemed philosophy. Borrowing from its storied history, Faberge explores the art of colour and creativity once again with a huge collection of intricate, beguiling timepieces designed to mesmerize and delight collectors. Craftsmanship and a legacy of excellence unite to form Faberge’s secret recipe to success. To this day, Faberge watches make for some of the most memorable and exquisite gifts for both contemporary and traditional connoisseurs.

Two centuries of history are incorporated into some of Faberge’s most popular wristwatches. Far from any ordinary watch manufacturer, the company deeply anchors its roots in artistry, colourful gemstone design and meticulous detailing. Perfection lies at the core of every mechanical movement created in house at the brand’s manufacturing facilities. The Fabergé Compliquee watch collection is home to designs that depict the image of a peacock on their dials. A unique time display was commissioned by Agenhor Manufacture for Faberge which later won the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève award. With cases crafted from platinum, 18ct rose gold and 18ct white gold, Faberge Compliquee watches expose the movement through the back of their cases via a lens crafted from strong sapphire crystal glass.

Faberge Vissionnaire watches like the DTZ model created in 2016 and the Chronograph model display two time zones at once, providing travellers with a functional, luxurious companion to keep track of home and local time with. The Vissionnaire DTZ chronograph version pays homage to the unfinished Faberge Constellation Egg of 1917, the last one to ever be created by Peter Carl Faberge. The collection is also home to models crafted from ceramic and titanium, resulting in a lightweight, yet stealthy design.

Altruists watches from Faberge were developed in 2016. These are classic models designed for men, with a clean and easy to ready layout on the dial. The unique design of the crown on an Altruist watch echoes the feel of winding up a traditional clock, thanks to its innovative pivoting finger grip. Faberge Dalliance watches, on the other hand, are adorned with lustrous diamonds and precious gemstones, providing an opulent and ornate finish on the wrist. Central decorative elements that are bespoke to the wearer can be designed upon the dial of these Faberge watches, depicting images of animals, flowers or motifs with a personal significance to the collector.

Today Faberge continues to innovate with strikingly modern designs from collections like the Dalliance and Flirt lines, the latter of which are dressed in vivid aesthetics to catch the eye. Bold straps are daring and attention demanding, while some of the more luxurious designs are adorned in scintillating diamonds. Above all, Faberge watches balance contemporary design elements with the traditional, artistic flair that Peter Carl Faberge once injected into his works of art over a century ago.