In April 1767, Grand Duke Karl Friedrich of Baden laid the groundwork for the development of the watch industry in Pforzheim, Germany. Already by that time, more than 240 years ago, the early foundation of the watch and jewelry industry had taken place, with the construction of a watch factory housed in an orphanage. He wanted to give the orphans the opportunity for economical independence by teaching them a valuable trade.
Pforzheim's worldwide importance as the center of the German watch and jewelry business was established by the beginning of the 20th century.
Karl Ickler founded the Ickler family business in 1924....