History

In 1972, Master Enameller Francis Donzé founded Donzé Cadrans S.A. Little did he know that one day his niche business would become world recognized for its superior capabilities as an enamel-dial specialist, particularly in ancient and high horology watch dials.

A mere ten years after its founding, daughter Francine and her husband Michel Vermot joined the family venture as Francis pursued his artisan work on watch dials until his retirement in 1987. It was around this time when Ulysse Nardin President Rolf Schnyder began collaboration with the famed enamel-dial manufacture.

Treasuring the art of enameling, and with a steadfast commitment to strengthening its independence in watchmaking, Ulysse Nardin acquired Donzé Cadrans in 2012. As a member of the Ulysse Nardin group of companies, Donzé Cadrans provides an unparalled in-house capability. For more than 25 years, enamelling has been prominently featured in Ulysse Nardin collections.

From a humble beginning in the Donzé home in Le Locle, Switzerland, the manufacture moved the workshop to two sites in the hamlet before settling in 2003 at an industrial building at 36 Rue de l'Avenir. This location remains its production site today.