History

"… two young engineers from the neighbouring village of Court, Lardon and Marchand, bought several machines and tools from Junker. In 1906 they founded the Ultra factory. Pierre-Yves Donzé, "Histoire de l’industrie horlogère suisse" [History of the Swiss watchmaking industry] (2009), p. 59

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1906
Paul Lardon and Alfred Marchand, two young engineers from the Valley of Tavannes, together bought a few machines and tools, and set up watchmaking factory in Court, specialising in machining barrel arbors and decorated stems.

1932
Alfred Marchand took charge of the company on his own. He was joined five years later by his sons Roger and Francis.

1947
The company adopted the name 'Fabrique ULTRA'.

1968
The third generation began to run this family company.

1970
The arrival in the 1970s of the quartz watch was a technological sea change and required radical upheaval on the part of watch manufacturers. ULTRA significantly reduced its production of mechanical watch components and focused on producing electronic watch time-setting components. To guarantee its long-term success, it also diversified its business activities and began to specialise in turning complicated parts and in manufacturing small equipment.

1991
Ultra expanded and modernised its premises. When mechanical watches made a comeback in the 1990s, the company resumed the complex manufacture of high-end barrel arbors and other mechanical movement components.

2000
At the beginning of the 21st century, ULTRA added to its production equipment by installing powerful numerical control machines which could reliably meet the qualitative and quantitative standards required of such state-of-the-art technology.

2005
A fourth generation of family members joined the company with the addition of Sylvain in 2005 and Benoît in 2008 working alongside the company's current CEO, Jean-Luc Marchand, guaranteeing the long-term success of the Court-based family company.

2007
The company from the Arc Jurassien region increased the floorspace of its manufacture and dedicated an entire building to finishing watch parts.

2008
The company changed its trading name, to ULTRA Décolletage SA.




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