Watches

Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Manufacture Royale: A Ray of Light in Swiss Watchmaking.

Sometimes 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…

Hautlence Playground Labyrinth by colette – Time to disconnect

Hautlence Playground Labyrinth by colette – Time to disconnect

The 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…

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

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

Crisis, 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….

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

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

Baselworld 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…

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hermès

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Hermès

Hermès 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…

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

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

Baselworld 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…

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Jaquet Droz

Baselworld 2016 – on time with Jaquet Droz

Jaquet 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

TAG 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

Zenith 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. 

Check 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.

It 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…

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

What should you expect from Baselworld 2016?

Every 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.

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). 

While 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).

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

C.O.S.C. – The ultimate precision in watch-making

COSC is Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, which is the institute responsible for certifying the accuracy and precision of wristwatches in Switzerland. The COSC was founded by five watchmaking cantons of Switzerland: Bern, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Solothurn and Vaud, together with the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FHS). It encompasses the laboratories/observatories that had been created independently of each other from the late 19th century. It is a non-profit organization and tends to certify…

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016, purity in motion.

A few weeks before Baselworld 2016 to start, Hermès revealed the Slim d’Hermès Manufacture 2016 collection. A perfect example of what we could call “less is more”. Full review here.