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France fine watches since 1948
The Pilot Watch Magazine
15 December 2023

French watchmaking art between heaven and earth

Yema is a fine watchmaking company founded in Besançon in 1948 by French watchmaker and entrepreneur Henry Louis Belmont and based in nearby Morteau, a town in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region of eastern France. The story goes that the brand name originated as a fantasy name during a student competition initiated by Belmont. Since then, the name Yema has come to epitomize noble, outstanding French watchmaking that is appreciated worldwide – to this day.

In the course of its corporate history, Yema changed hands several times. In the late 1980s, for example, the watchmaker became part of the Japanese watchmaking group Seiko, and since 2009 it has been a member of Groupe Ambre under the brand name YEMA Maison Horlogère Française 1948. The Group is a French family business founded in 1965 in Morteau, with activities focused on watches and jewelry, represented in over 80 countries around the world.

For a long time, Yema’s goal has been to offer a range of high-quality in-house calibers, manufactured in our workshops in Morteau.


Timepieces for pilots and astronauts

Yema’s elegant timepieces are high quality, durable, reliable and made by experienced watchmakers in our in-house workshops in Morteau. The wide collection offers the most diverse models with a variety of functions. The portfolio promises the right companion for every area of application and for every taste – including, of course, attractive and robust pilot chronographs.

For example, pilots can use the logarithmic bezel of the Flygraf, for which a patent was filed in 1978, to perform important calculations on speed, distance, fuel consumption and flight time. On the wrist of French test pilot and astronaut Jean-Loup Chrétien, a Yema chronograph even made it to the far reaches of space in the late 1980s.

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