9. TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer designs and manufactures watches, but is also known for its fashion accessories, eyewear and mobile phones manufactured under license by other companies, but carrying the Tag Heuer brand name.
The company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland, and it was known back then by the name of “Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG”.
The name changed in 1985, when the company was bought by “TAG Group”,thus becoming the brand that we all know today, the TAG Heuer.
Edouard Heuer patented his first “chronograph” in 1882, and in 1887 he patented an “oscillating pinion”, which is still used by major watchmakers of mechanical chronographs.
In 1999, TAG Heuer accepted a bid from LVMH Moët Hennessy • Louis Vuitton of $739 million for a transfer of 50.1% of stocks.
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