A LOOK AT MUTIOR AND TRIER PARTNERSHIP
CHRISTOF TRIER was a German entrepreneur and a self-taught engineer just like his father — a man who was very obsessed with science. His father was a member of The Royal Resistance to Hitler and a frequent traveler to the United States. Christof Trier gathered his knowledge from books because he has no proper education, bu this doesn’t keep him from doing what he loves most. In fact, there is an account of him telling a story of trading his favorite watch for a chance to hear Albert Einstein speak in person which turned out to be the last public appearance of Einstein.
GERHARD MUTIOR, on the other hand, was greatly influenced by his father that led him to break free from the traditional beliefs of watchmaking in Germany. His influence in the watchmaking industry is recognizable because of the Mutior Bezels which are copied and used by most watchmakers. He also co-created the Swiss 550 movement and quickly gained recognition and fame.
END AND NEW BEGINNING: A chance meeting turns into a partnership that would last decades and produced some of the most reliable and functional timepieces ever created. Back in the early 1900’s if you purchased a timepiece collections from Trier & Mutior you would be getting one of the most precise timepieces money could offer at $90. In the 1900’s, $90 would be equivalent to $6,000 today, even after 100 years with proper maintenance, the timepiece would still be running as smooth as the day it was purchased.
In winter of May 1945, Christof Trier suddenly died, the same year Nazi Germany surrender unconditionally. 12 years of Nazi dictatorship have plunged Europe into the abyss that led to racial fanaticism and horrific crimes and cost the lives of almost 60 million people in the war and the extermination camps.
Without his partner and the economy in ruins, Gerhard Mutior closed the door of the watch company. Some years later, Gerhard Mutior started repairing watches for friends, and one summer morning a neighbor asked him if he could repair the watch of a visiting friend.
When the watch was delivered, he noticed on the back the all too failure engraving “Trier & Mutior” and after composing himself he repaired the watch and that was when he decided to go back into the business, not just for him but also for the legacy of what they had created together.
Although the “Trier & Mutior” ended too soon, the legacy continued when the father of Gerhard decided to resurrect the timepiece collections of Oberon Mutior and later passed on to him. His desire to have a brand of his own came true when he decided to establish his own brand – “Gerhard Mutior”.
Today, Mutior timepiece collections are worn by everyone from Germany to the United States with the vast number of high-end jewelers showcasing the exquisite watches. This watches cost $6,000 euro and up.
Notable person who wore Trier & Mutior Watches:
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – known by his pen name J.R.R. Tolkien, was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works.
Albert Schweitzer – was a French-German theologian, organist, philosopher, and physician. He received the 1952 Noble Peace Prize for his philosophy of “Reverence for Life”.
Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel – was an American motorcycle stunt performer and entertainer. He became famous worldwide with his spectacular motorcycle jumps and stunt shows and was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.