Henry Vaucher, Hong Kong watchmaker, c1856-1857

Our article, Charles Weiss, Hong Kong chronometer and watchmaker, c1844-1856, ends: Charles left Hong Kong permanently in 1856 and transferred his business to Henry Vaucher, formerly of Canton (Friend of China 2 June 1856).

Thanks to Richard McGeough for re-typing the extract from Carl Smith’s RASHKB article linked below.

The article continues: Henry Vaucher was either French or Swiss, he had been a clerk in the watchmaking firm of Bovet Brothers and Co. at Canton from 1851 to the time he took over Charles Weiss’ business. He died of chronic diarrhea a year after moving to Hong Kong (FC 6 Nov 1857).

Louis Heermann was an assistant in the shop of Charles Weiss from the year 1854. After the shop was closed upon the death of Henry Vaucher, Mr. Heermann opened his own shop on Queen’s Road in February 1858 (FC 1 Feb 1858)….to be continued.

This article was first posted on 26th January 2017.


  1. Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier A 250 years long history
  2. Édouard Bovet – Swiss watchmaker in China 1818-1830
  3. RASHKB says “Anyone with an interest in the history, art, literature and culture of China and Asia, with special reference to Hong Kong, will enjoy membership of the Hong Kong Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, which is generally regarded as the premier Society for the study of Hong Kong and South China. Dating back over 150 years, the Society is today a very active body, organizing varied visits, talks, seminars and more.”
    The Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch website


  1. The German Speaking Community in HK 1846-1918  RASHKB Vol 34, 1994

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  3. The German Speaking Community in Hong Kong 1846-1918 – Part Two

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