PHILIPPE BRAUNSCHWEIG Founder of the company incabloc

PHILIPPE BRAUNSCHWEIG A man with two passions: dance and watchmaking

A love of watch movements has been passed down from father to son in the Braunschweig family from La Chaux-de-Fonds. Electrical engineer George Braunschweig (1892-1975) founded his company, Porte-Echappement Universel SA, in 1931 to focus on improving timekeeping reliability and especially the fragile spring-escapement pairing. His research led him to develop an anti-shock system to protect the spring-escapement in 1933: the Incabloc®. The Incabloc® is a vital tool that ensures watches work correctly and now features in most mechanical calibres.

25 years later, in 1958, George Braunschweig gave his company to his son, Philippe Braunschweig (1928-2010). He also graduated from ETH Zürich but he had one more passion: ballet. In 1972, during a lively conversation with his wife Elvire, the lead dancer and Professor Rosella Hightower (1920-2008), the trio founded a competition for young dancers in 1973: the Prix de Lausanne.

The annual Prix de Lausanne is held in January/February and has had unique world fame since it began. It’s even been named the “best ballet competition in the world.” Countless figures from the world of dance flock to it and it gives talented young dancers the chance of a study grant or apprenticeship to get their career off to a flying start.

In 2017, the Prix de Lausanne was sponsored by the young Genevan brand Emile Chouriet whose two passions – dance and watchmaking – reflect those of Philippe Braunschweig. Two sectors with but one goal: to master beauty.