THE HERITAGE OF LARS LARSEN WATCHES IS A STORY OF A 93 YEAR LONG JOURNEY, AND ABOUT COMING HOME
On 8th November 1889 Mr L. Larsen Snr. was born, and at the age of just 14, he went to sea, where fishing was the daily chore. Mr L. Larsen Snr. was educated at the Maritime Academy and became a captain in 1916. And the sea became his livelihood, fishing for a lifetime, though he kept a keen interest and curiosity for watches.
As a new graduate captain he´s first ship was called "Carl" and by 1918 he began to sail with "Agnes Louise" which he later became the owner.
Mr L. Larsen Snr. continued to dream: becoming a watch manufacturer, and he designed, and produced his first Watch in 1919. And throughout his life, he carried his watch with him, in all winds and weather, whilst he was fishing. Everyday life was fishing and transport in the icy waters of the North Atlantic and in the Second World War, where he provided help in the transportation of food for the Allies. Large distances, communications and production challenges in an increasingly turbulent and complex time, of the second World War, unfortunately made it impossible to become a watch manufacture.
Today, Lars Larsen Watches has become a reality, where own design, product development, manufacturing are taking place. Lars Larsen Watches, as a new company and head office based in Svendborg (Denmark) we have other departments and partners, in Denmark, England, the Far East, and Switzerland.
Re invented in 2012 by Mr. L. Larsen Snr´s grandson, also named Lars Larsen
Lars Larsen Watches are distributed in the UK by Ebling Feres International Ltd
“Swiss Made” Embodies a concept of quality that has been forged over the years. It includes the technical quality of watches (accuracy, reliability, water-resistance and shock-resistance), as well as their aesthetic quality (elegance and originality of design). It covers both traditional manufacturing and new technologies (micro-electronics).
Watches manufactured in Switzerland bear the designation "Swiss made" or its abbreviation "Swiss" as well as the logo of the producer or distributor. This label ("place of origin" in legal terms) enjoys a solid reputation throughout the world. And globalisation of trade has done nothing to diminish its importance. On the contrary, the modern consumer is looking for a maximum of information when he or she goes shopping for a new timepiece.
The Swiss are not the only watchmakers to manufacture high-quality timepieces and are consequently faced with strong competition. However, thanks to their unique infrastructure and to their know-how and spirit of innovation, they have succeeded in maintaining their leading position. The intrinsic value of the "Swiss made" label, therefore, is the result of considerable efforts on the part of watchmaking companies, who are ultimately responsible for maintaining its reputation. While prestigious brand names have thrived, they have never relegated the "Swiss made" label to a secondary place. The brand names and "Swiss made" have always worked together in an alliance that provides the consumer with the best of guarantees.
It is hardly surprising that this asset whets the appetite of counterfeiters. ”Swiss made" has to be constantly protected in every market. Providing this protection is one of the principal tasks of the FH which conducts an on-going battle through legal and administrative channels toward anyone abusing the "Swiss" name. The weapons used in this battle are the laws of each of the countries concerned, backed by international agreements (bi-lateral treaties signed by Switzerland with several European countries and multi-lateral conventions drawn up by the World Intellectual Property Organisation and by the World trade Organisation - TRIPS agreement. Recognising that it must set the example, Switzerland has already reinforced the legal instruments at its disposal. The new law on "the protection of brand names and place of origin", introduced more severe punishments. The Swiss customs authorities, for their part, keep a vigilant eye on all imports, exports and merchandise in transit. Moreover, a law "regulating the use of the name 'Swiss' for watches" sets out the minimum conditions that have to be fulfilled before a watch merits the "Swiss made" label.
This law is based on a concept according to which Swiss quality depends on the amount of work actually carried out on a watch in Switzerland, even if some foreign components are used in it. It therefore requires that the assembly work on the movement (the motor of the watch) and on the watch itself (fitting the movement with the dial, hands and the various parts of the case) should be carried out in Switzerland, along with the final testing of the movement. It also requires that at least 60% of the components of the movement should be manufactured in Switzerland.Certain regions in Switzerland have their own "place of origin" labels. One of the most renowned is "Genève", which identifies top-quality timepieces made in the city and canton of Geneva. Like "Swiss made", this label is very popular with counterfeiters and therefore benefits from continuous protection within the framework of the FH's anti-counterfeiting program.
The Swiss watch industry is very active in safeguarding the integrity of "Swiss made" and its other regional labels of quality. The vigilant consumer can also play an effective supporting role. By choosing reputable sales points and not being tempted by deals that are as dubious as they are outlandish, he or she will help to thwart counterfeiters, protect his or her own interests and contribute to the defence of fair trading.
The FH and its regional representatives will be happy to provide further information on this subject.