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Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Reading Time: 5 minutesSometimes we feel that we have seen it all, especially in Watchmaking. Well you are wrong. In Switzerland you can discover true marvels, small treasures in the serious business of Watchmaking. When it comes to Luxury watches, Manufacture Royale is like a ray of light providing bright, luxurious watches aligned with a strong heritage. Thank you very much Mr Voltaire! It was all about Voltaire and his free spirit François-Marie Arouet, also known as Voltaire (his writer name), was a French writer, historian and famous philosopher of the 18th century. He believed in freedom of religion, freedom of speech and separation of church and state. Definitely not an easy position to maintain, especially in France. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was…

Hautlence Playground Labyrinth by colette – Time to disconnect

Hautlence Playground Labyrinth by colette – Time to disconnect

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe great thing about collaborations is that 1+1= 3. This means that when the partnership is good, the end result is more than simply an addition of efforts. This is the case with the amazing partnership between Hautlence and Colette. In one side we have a beautiful watch-making statement. In the other hand, Colette is the temple of trends and naturally all it-products are there. So the combination between these two brands bring something even more outstanding. It is not only about the product, it is a state of mind, a manifesto against the down-sides of modern society. Please welcome the new Hautlence Playground Labyrinth Limited Edition by Colette. Now it is definitely the time to disconnect. The Playground Labyrinth, daring is the only way Sometimes we feel that everything was already invented. All watch complications were created and basically the game is done. Until you realize that there is always…

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Moon phases in watch-making: measuring life with time.

Reading Time: 8 minutesWatchmaking is a beautiful blend of technical mastery and poetry. Watchmakers are often considered as artists and from their ingenuity comes marvelous creations that keep your time. Some of the watches can do much more. What we usually call complications, bring an added value to the measure of time. This month, our watch blog decided to talk about a very interesting and one of the oldest complications in watch-making: the Moon Phases. Moon Phases and the measurement of life The lunar phase or phase of the moon is the shape of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer on Earth. The lunar phases change cyclically as the Moon orbits the Earth, according to the changing positions of the Moon and Sun relative to the Earth. The Moon’s rotation is tidally locked by the Earth’s gravity, therefore the same lunar surface always faces Earth. This face…

Friday Chronicle #23: Swiss Watchmaking says no to the crisis

Friday Chronicle #23: Swiss Watchmaking says no to the crisis

Reading Time: 9 minutesCrisis, Crisis, Crisis… We hear this since 2008. It is now 8 years that China is not delivering the growth it was expected, that European countries are struggling with economic development and that the US has up and downs. India and Brazil? Indian poor distribution and Brazilian importation high taxes kills it. Nevertheless, the Swiss watch industry has never been better. Exports are currently at CHF 22billion, which is more than twice as we used to have back in 2008. Naturally some brands have had some challenges but which industry does not? This health did not happen by miracle or by chance. It happened because Swiss watchmakers dare to change, to adapt and above all to blow your mind with true amazing ingenuity. “In moments of crisis, you must innovate or die” This year, more than never, Swiss watch makers decided to stand up in front of the crisis colossus…

TAG Heuer, a Tourbillon for less than CHF 15’000. How possible?

TAG Heuer, a Tourbillon for less than CHF 15’000. How possible?

Reading Time: 13 minutesBaselworld is over and with this year edition, several new amazing watches were presented. One big news was the launch of the TAG Heuer new CARRERA HEUER 02T. With this watch, TAG Heuer brought a little bomb into the Swiss watch industry by launching flying tourbillon for less than CHF 15’000. Some people say it is a scandal, others say it is the air of times. At LuxuryActivist, we tried to bring a clear view of the situation and hopefully we will understand better TAG Heuer position. First, a little flashback on the history of Tourbillon. The Tourbillon, a master complication in watch making. Watchmaking is an Art old of several centuries. In the heart of the art of watchmaking, the Tourbillon is not only a beautiful piece of human engineering but also a very useful tool in the exactitude of control. It is by far one of the most interesting…

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hermès

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hermès

Reading Time: 6 minutesHermès is probably one of the golden crowns of French luxury. Established in Paris in 1837, Hermès forged its reputation for excellence crafting saddles and harnesses for horses. With this extremely precise and highly qualitative know-how, the French House extended its leather-making expertise to accessories such as belts, jackets, bags and, from the 1920s, watch straps. Then, Hermès got more and more interested in watch-making and by learning from the best horlogers in Europe ans especially in Switzerland, they decided to create in 1978 <b>La Montre Hermès SA</b>. They opened production facilities in Biel, Switzerland and a ln entire watch collection followed. Hermès watches are classically elegant with a hint of contemporary innovation. Every year, th French Luxury House innovates from a technical point of view as well as from a poetic statement. Every Hermès watch is a poem, an unique timepiece that will create a special relationship between the…

Chanel launches the MONSIEUR Watch as a “esprit manufacture”. 

Chanel launches the MONSIEUR Watch as a “esprit manufacture”. 

Reading Time: 8 minutesBaselworld is always a moment in the year in which watch brands reveal their very bests. It is a special moment that magnificence and luxury are at honnor. This year Chanel just launched their first “full in-house” watch, called MONSIEUR, that gathers the very best of Chanel. It is an amazing work, true state of art. The watch will be available only in June but here is already a full overview about it. Chanel, the iconic brand always reinventing itself One of the biggest richness for a luxury brand it is the heritage. If a brand has a strong history and it is used wisely, possibilities are endless. This is the case of Chanel, probably the ultimate luxury lifestyle brand that goes beyond its own category. Chanel was founded in 1910 by Coco Chanel and her “partner in crime” Pierre Wertheimer. After the creation of the fashion house, fragrances followed…

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Jaquet Droz

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Jaquet Droz

Reading Time: 5 minutesJaquet Droz is one of the first watch-makers and one of the most confidential, yet brilliant Manufacture horlogère from Switzerland. Discover here the new watches launched at Baselworld 2016. From technicality to poetry.

Baselworld 2016 – on time with TAG Heuer

Baselworld 2016 – on time with TAG Heuer

Reading Time: 6 minutesTAG Heuer is an amazing watch-manufacturer that from day one placed its talent at the service of innovation, performance and avant-garde. Discover the new models launched during the Baselworld watch fair 2016. From a Flying Tourbillon at less than CHF 15’000 to the new Monza watch, all amazing timepieces.

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Zenith

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Zenith

Reading Time: 4 minutesZenith is one of the leading Watch-makers in Switzerland with a worldwide aura. It was founded in 1865 by visionary 22 years old man, Georges Favre-Jacot in Le Locle. This year Zenith capitalizes on the brand heritage and DNA in order to bring a timeless elegance and sharp luxury.

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hublot. 

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hublot. 

Reading Time: 4 minutesCheck here the new watches by Hublot. With this new edition of Baselworld, Hublot successfully launched amazing new timepieces for the joy of some happy few. Discover here.

Sapphire glass, not jewelry but high-tech.

Sapphire glass, not jewelry but high-tech.

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is not the first time we hear that a timepiece has a sapphire glass. Some people think it is made of real sapphire, others do not really know. Here is finally the explanation you were waiting for. There is Sapphire and Sapphire glass Sapphire is commonly the name given to the precious gemstone variety  from  the mineral called Corundum (an aluminium oxide). Most of the time it is blue because of the presence of iron and titanium but color car be variable depending on other complementary mineral. Because of its hardness, natural Sapphires can be used in many other domains than jewelry. We can find Sapphires in optical components as well in certain wristwatches movement bearings. In luxury watch-making, the watch glass is always what we call a “Sapphire glass”. Does it means that we tool a real big natural Sapphire and cut a little thin piece on it?…

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

Reading Time: 6 minutesEvery year Baselworld reveals itself as one of the biggest professional watch fairs in the world. By celebrating Swiss watch making, Baselworld is a place for important business and also where all the watchmaking planet meet. Here our review about what should we expect from this year’s fair.

The Perpetual Calendar, a real challenge.

The Perpetual Calendar, a real challenge.

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Swiss Watch-making industry has an incredible concentration of creative minds. From the hands of a watch-maker, you might see true wonders bursting into the world. And probably the highest wonder of all is the Perpetual calendar complication. Thank you Romans Displaying the date for a watch does not seem a big deal. But displaying it correctly represents a true challenge. Why? Well because some month have 30 days and others 31. February is a mess. In some years, called leap or bissextile years, it has 29 days and in others common years only 28. Why such a sophisticated organization? Most are purely political and others religious. We should be “thankful”to the Ancient Romans for our modern calendar. At that time, the annual calendar had only 10 month equally with 30 days (precisely 29.530589 days in average) as it was following a Lunar calendar. We can see the Roman influence…

2016 top 5 dive watches for men you would not think about (and you should). 

2016 top 5 dive watches for men you would not think about (and you should). 

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhile some brands are well known for their divers collection, here is a short yet unexpected selection of dive watches you would not think about (and that you should).

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