Brémond, Baptiste-Antoine


Baptiste-Antoine Brémond was born in Geneva in August of 1834 in the jeweller’s family. His father and elder brother followed the family business – it was a small workshop. The Bremonds been from France by origin, settled in Geneva in 1698.

In the days of his youth, Baptiste-Antoine assisted his father, mastering the jewellery skills. Later he became interested in mechanics, ventured into watch-making.

The middle of the 19th century in the Western Europe was an era of musical mechanics flourishing. The production of music boxes, interior design and décor items with the built-in musical mechanisms (movements) became a profitable business. In 1958 Baptiste-Antoine joined the manufacturing company «Théodore Greiner’s firm» as a partner.

Baptiste-Antoine successfully married the daughter of the famous Swiss businessman David Lengdorf in 1859. The marriage supported him financially and allowed to realize the long-life dream about his own business.

After a five-year partnership with "Théodore Greiner's firm", in 1863 Bremond founded his private firm. Its working was successful and for nearly 50 years, "B.A. Brémond Manufacturer" was one of the most respected firms among Swiss companies, producing mechanical music boxes in the XIXth century.

At the beginning of the new century, “B.A. Brémond Manufacturer" experienced financial difficulties – forced bankruptcy and closing in 1908. The only Baptiste-Antoine’s son Philip tried to revive the father's business. He opened the production in 1913. The workshop did not exist for long and was closed in 1916 – Europe was exhausted by war, nobody was eager to buy music boxes and other mechanical wonders.

Baptiste-Antoine Breton passed away in autumn of 1925 in Genève.