Eric Loth – GRAHAM WATCHES Founder and Member of the board, Switzerland
Hot-blooded watches from a spirited life…
The Watch Valley is part of Switzerland that Eric Loth knows well. He grows up in Le Locle, where he is immersed in the engineering world ever since childhood. As a brilliant physician and engineer, he graduates in mechanical engineering (polytechnics) at the Neuchâtel Engineering School. Post graduated in physical metallurgy at the University of
Neuchâtel and in business administration at the higher Business Management School I.M.D. in Lausanne.
His qualifications leads him to work for many companies and industries including watch making such as the Swatch Group as executive managing director of a product development centre. His watch making destiny is about to take shape. His genuine passion is to use his innovative drive and the inspiration he gets from the many forms of Art that he admires, to turn dreams into reality.
After earning his stripes in watch making, he naturally decides to create an independent brand through which his passion for innovation and art could be expressed. With the encouragement of his family, friends and partners he acquires a watch brand in the luxury segment in 1994. What is the difference between a chronograph and a good chronograph? Between a simple watch and an atypical one? This is the kind of questions he asks himself at that time. George Graham, the father of the chronograph and great inventor of the 17th century brings him the answer. GRAHAM is born.
The product development work is done by taking the basis of George Graham’s achievements and concepts in a much broader sense, and translating them to create very unique, contemporary timekeepers that would stun today’s watch-making connoisseurs and fans. The combination of the Swiss know-how and this rich British heritage is explosive and uncommon in the watch making industry. Engineer, designer, watchmaker, salesman, collector, Eric Loth has the ability to change hats and anticipate trends. His work results in not less than 30 international patents in material technology and watch developments. Over a 15 year period GRAHAM has developed pioneering and innovative timepieces in the same vein.
His passion for racing, he is by the way, a competitive driver and competes in the Swiss Porsche Cup, contemporary art, history and rock music are the many clues to understand how skilfully and elaborately GRAHAM watches are created.
No need to test the depth of his convictions. Every watch is a challenge which reveals its own story. Never easy, that is the trick, his visionary spirit and unfailing creativity are stronger than ever. Independent and innovative, the GRAHAM brand is driven by passion.
GRAHAM traces its origins to London clockmaker George Graham (1673-1751) who is considered as the father of modern watch making. He is known as the father of the chronograph as he invented the start and stop device of the chronograph, the dead-beat and cylinder escapement, the mercury pendulum to compensate the influence of temperature on pendulums, to name a few. He also built the master clock for Greenwich Royal Observatory which timed most of the 18th century and lots of science instruments for astronomers and physicists. GRAHAM was revived in 1995 and is today a privately owned Swiss watch company. GRAHAM SA creates and manufactures its watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.