1735 : Establishment of the first Blancpain manufacture as a cottage industry by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain.
The initial decision to enter the promising watchmaking trade was Jehan-Jacques Blancpain's. He perceived perhaps more clearly than others the advantages which this new activity offered. There is little doubt that by 1735, for instance, the first floor of his house in the village of Villeret, still standing today, served as a watchmaking workshop. The venture owed its rapid rise to success at least in part to its genero...