In 1894 watch makers Numa Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret founded a company specializing in making complicated watches and by 1897 Descombes passes away. At the time Perret began to associate with Louis Edouard Berthoud in making complete pocket watches. Together in 1898 they reveal a chronograph with 30-counter, the Universal Watch Extra. The piece sells well and by 1917 they reveal their first wrist chronograph. The business continues to do well and in 1934 the company is renamed Universal Watch and relocates to Geneva. In Geneva the business thrives creating complicated models such as the Compax, Aero-Compax and Tri-Compax (1930-40), Polerouter (1954) and Microtor UG66 (1966). In 1975 they even develop the worlds thinnest quartz. This pushed them to an international reputation in South-East Asia, the Middle East, and Italy. The company sustains and in the mid 2000's the company begins to reinterpret its designs launching popular designs in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 at the Baselworld.