In 1791 Jean-François Bautte, who started his career as a goldsmith and watchmaker first created a manufacturing company in Geneva. Jean began by grouping all the watchmaking facets of that time under one plant to engineer a watch all the way to the final hand-assembly. In 1832, Jacques Bautte and Jean-Samuel Rossel took control of the company. The company continued to grow and in 1852 Constant Girard founded Girard & Cie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. His company began to grow he married Marie Perregaux in 1854. Just two years later Girard-Perregaux Manufacture was founded. Constant continued to grow the company and in 1906 Constant Girard-Gallet took over control. He then acquired the Bautte House and merged it with Girard-Perregaux & Cie. The business continued its growth pattern and survived the quartz crisis for swiss watches of the 1980s. During that time the company joined the Sowind Group before, in 2011, it became part of the Kering Group.