The company was founded in 1860 by Edouard Heuer in St-Imier, Switzerland. His first chronograph was patented in 1882, and in 1887 Heuer patented the "oscillating pinion", still used in mechanical chronographs. In 1911 Heuer patented the first on-board chronograph for cars and aviation, the "Time of Trip". In 1914 he presented his first wrist chronograph and in 1916 he presented the Micrograph, the first chronograph that would measure hundredths of a second. The Olympics in Antwerp, Paris and Amsterdam were timed with signature instruments.