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The Jürgensen dynasty
The following six lots, 287 - 292, manufactured between the 19th and 21st centuries, pay tribute to the genius and inventive spirit of the celebrated Jürgensen dynasty.
Among the world's greatest watchmakers of the 18th and 19th centuries, members of the Jürgensen family, notably Urban and Jules, worked alongside other horological geniuses such as Houriet, Breguet and Arnold, and have greatly contributed to the development of watchmaking.
The watchmaking family's roots stretch back to eighteenth century Denmark and Jörgen Jürgensen (1745-1811), founder of the dynasty. The most eminent watchmakers amongst his descendants are undisputedly his son Urban (1776-1830) and Urban's sons Louis Urban (1806-1867) and Jules-Frederik Jürgensen (1808-1877). The latter two continued their father's business by founding Urban Jürgensen & Sønner in Switzerland. Jules moved to Switzerland while his brother Louis was in charge of the factory in Copenhagen. After Louis Urban's and Jules-Frederik's deaths, the company went through several more changes of ownership but continued the tradition of this famous house, the production of highest quality timepieces. In 1981, Peter Baumberger, a trained watchmaker and passionate collector, acquired Urban Jürgensen & Sønner and is the congenial successor of Urban Jürgensen's spirit. Baumberger and his small team of skilled master watchmakers produce small series of traditionally made, complicated timepieces, ranging from 50 to 300 examples, at the privately-owned firm in Bienne, Switzerland.