1960s Lip Genève chronograph Venus 178
Lip, a renowned French watchmaking company, was founded in 1867 by Emmanuel Lipmann in Besançon, France. Over the years, Lip has played a significant role in the horological landscape, creating timepieces that blend craftsmanship, innovation, and distinctive design.
In the mid-20th century, Lip collaborated with renowned modernist designers like Roger Tallon and collaborated on the creation of iconic timepieces such as the Lip Mach 2000. These watches were not only functional but also celebrated as design masterpieces, capturing the spirit of their time.
In 1959, during its pinnacle, Lip made a significant move by entering Switzerland and founding a subsidiary in Geneva. This initiative gave rise to a collection of high-end models, including a standout timepiece: the Lip Genève, boasting a unique reverse panda dial on a chronograph animated by a Venus 178, with distinctive traits making it look like some of the most sought after Bretiling chronographs, like the 765 AVI.
This watch is additionally very rare, and finding one i great condition, like this one, is something that many collectors dream of.