In Pforzheim, there are two things that are an essential part of our DNA. The first is watchmaking. Our first watch and jewelry factory was established in the ruins of an old orphanage all the way back in 1767. The industry was abandoned at one point, but it was revived in the 1900s to great success. During the 1920s, watchmaking thrived due to the popularity of wrist watches—an innovative new concept at the time.