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our history
our story
Since its founding in 1914 by the ingenious Eugène Meylan, the professional production in Biel/Bienne, has enabled Glycine to offer the finest timepieces in Swiss craftsmanship. Initially specializing in miniature movements, clad in precious gold, gems, and platinum cases for women, the brand soon embraced the gentlemen’s watch, becoming a favorite among the British and American jet-set.
As the Glycine profile expanded and heightened, so too did the horological inventions by Meylan: Most notably, the EMSA module. Patented in 1931, the EMSA transformed the normal hand-wound watch into an automatic charge. This engineering meant that the time could just be set, and the EMSA advancement became a standard that literally altered the experience of time itself.
our collections
La Cave
Located just below the main Glycine offices in the old town section of Biel, dwells La Cave Glycine. Open to the public by appointment, La Cave is home to the history of the Glycine brand.