Rabco Luxury Holdings, the largest U.S. distributor of independently owned Swiss watches, has added two more luxury brands. The New York City-based firm has signed long-term contracts to represent Eberhard S.A, and Goldpfeil S.A., both manufacturers of fine mechanical Swiss timepieces.
Eberhard & Co. was founded in 1887. It achievements include the first automatic watch (1930), a chronograph with two pushbuttons (1935) and the “Rattrapante” chronograph (1939). It introduced simultaneous date setting in the 1960s and the eight-day power reserve in 1997. During the 2001 Basel Fair, the world’s largest and most important timepiece trade show, Eberhard unveiled Chrono 4, a unique patented mechanical chronograph design whose four counters – minutes, hours, 24 hours and small seconds – are all aligned horizontally across the dial face. The Eberhard Collection features a variety of automatic and manual timepieces.
Goldpfeil timepieces are a collection of seven limited series created for the luxury brand by members of the Switzerland’s famed “Académie Horologére des Créateurs Indépendents. They were unveiled at Basel 2001 and are being sold by a very select group of about 30 retailers worldwide. In North America, there will be six or seven. Each of the collections’ designers also created a one-of-a kind timepiece, which traveled on the worldwide tour introducing the watch brand. The one-of-kinds will be auctioned during the 2002 Basel Fair.
Rabco also distributes Breguet, Sector, St. Honoré Paris, the St. Petersburg Collection by Theo Fabregé, Glycine and the British Masters watch brands.