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Slim d’Hermès new models, amazing utter simplicity.

Slim d’Hermès new models, amazing utter simplicity.

Reading Time: 4 minutesHermes and watchmaking is a long love story. From craftsmanship to poetry, Hermès rolls out a beautiful story for watch-lovers. When the French luxury company launched the Slim d’Hermès, it was not only a big statement but also they created an amazing creative platform for future developments. With 2 new variants today, the Slim d’Hermès features opaque black lacquer or translucent magnolia white. Crafted in the Hermès watchmaking workshops and available as small and very small models, the Slim d’Hermès watch reveals itself exactly as it was conceived: with utter simplicity. Slim d’Hermès, purity and sophistication as a creative paradox Philippe Delhotal is the Maison Creative director. He explains that this collection was born thanks to the encounter of different designers and artisans. The idea was to get into the Hermès essence with a pure and sharp design. There is something very contemporary in this design that places La Montre…

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…

Exclusive Interview with Jean-Marie Schaller – CEO of Louis Moinet

Exclusive Interview with Jean-Marie Schaller – CEO of Louis Moinet

Reading Time: 10 minutesThe spirit of a luxury house is often represented by the personality and the charisma of its leader. Louis Moinet’s CEO Jean-Marie Schaller translates this idea. LuxuryActivist had the opportunity and privilege to meet Mr Schaller in the heart of Baselworld effervescence. We wanted to know more about him and this magnificent watch brand. Louis Moinet was one of the greatest watchmakers ever – his inventiveness, passion and willingness to pass on his wisdom mean his contribution to horology is immeasurable. His spirit lives on thanks to Jean-Marie Schaller who, as founder and creative director of the Louis Moinet brand, revived the prestigious name of the inspirational master watchmaker. Louis Moinet pursuits its path of greatness and loyal to the spirit of Mr Moinet, the Swiss brand perpetuates the legacy of exceptional timepieces. LuxuryActivist wanted to meet Mr Schaller for an exclusive interview that you can read here: LuxuryActivist (LA): How did you get…

Luxury Watch Brands and Investing in Time

Luxury Watch Brands and Investing in Time

Reading Time: 6 minutesBy looking at a gentleman’s watch, you can tell a lot about him before he opens his mouth. Not only are luxury watches expensive, they require care and attention throughout their years. There are a number of reasons why you should invest in a high class watch. Status is one of the most obvious. Many believe that business men and woman can be judged on wealth and status based on their choice of watch. Not only are watches easily seen, but they are a display of a person’s style and economic status. Depending on the height of your success, it is often expected that a trustworthy businessman/woman invests in a unique timepiece that explicitly displays their wealth and value within their business. Wearing your Wealth In most cases, it is only you and your banker that will see the money that you have in your account. Depending on your geographical location, if…

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?…

Friday Chronicle #13: Everybody is launching a smartwatch, so it is not cool anymore!

Friday Chronicle #13: Everybody is launching a smartwatch, so it is not cool anymore!

Reading Time: 5 minutesSince Apple announced its Apple Watch, there was an acceleration in the smartwatches market. While Samsung, Peeble and Motorola were driving the way, there was little incidence in terms of watch-making trends. Since Apple brought to live its project, all watch brands are going crazy about the theme of digital watches. During the SIHH and soon at BASELWORLD, we will see dozens of brands launching their smartwatch. From Montblanc, to Kenneth Cole, Frédéric Constant, Tag Heuer, Swatch or Vector… all launching their connected watch. Well it is not that cool anymore. Apple Watch, the hurricaine in the tech world In the world where wearables are multiplying like flies, is a smartwatch still something cool to do? My feeling is that Apple brought a certain doubt in the minds of watchmakers in terms of competition and success. Based on their reputation in how they enter the market place (remember their mobile…

2015 Pre-SIHH, what to expect from Geneva watch show next january

2015 Pre-SIHH, what to expect from Geneva watch show next january

Reading Time: 9 minutesEvery year, Geneva SIHH gathers some of the most iconic and beautiful watchmakers in the world. The Richemont group as well as some invited brands reveal their new creations to an audience of professionals buyers and the press. The next edition will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the trade show. 40’000m2 and 16 watchmakers will constitute the 25th SIHH in January 2015. Here is a sneak peak of what await us next january. Cartier, no Skeletons in the closet. Cartier has developed since the 60’s a true know-how in Skeleton watches. The concept of a Skeleton watch is an interesting challenge for watchmakers. All of the moving parts are visible through either the front of the watch, the back of the watch or a small cut outlining the dial. True ‘skeletonization’ also includes the trimming away of any non-essential metal on the bridge, plate, wheel train or any other mechanical part of the watch, leaving…

Victorinox Christmas selection by LuxuryActivist.com. Black is the new black.

Victorinox Christmas selection by LuxuryActivist.com. Black is the new black.

Reading Time: 5 minutesVictorinox, the makers of the original Swiss Army Knife, became a global brand. In the past 130 years, the family owned company from Ibach in Switzerland, developed the best goods in different product categories: Swiss Army Knives Cutlery Timepieces Travel Gear Fashion Fragrances Victorinox stands for Quality, Innovation, Functionality and Iconic Design. These values are completely in line with the Swiss heritage of the company. Therefore, Victorinox is the perfect ambassador for Switzerland in the world. At LuxuryActivist.com, we have put together an exclusive selection for the Holiday season and our angle was: Black is the new black. Victorinox Swiss Army Knife – Nail Clip 580, iconic Victorinox produces probably the best knives in the world. More than knives, the pocket tools gather several functionalities in the smallest space possible. This nail clip is the perfect translation of this philosophy. Several colors are available and we chose the black one….

Victorinox Swiss Army new Alliance mechanical

Victorinox Swiss Army new Alliance mechanical

Reading Time: 3 minutesVictorinox Swiss Army launched this year a new timeless classic, the new Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance mechanical.  Watchmaking is about details and quality. With the new Alliance, it is all about details and the greatness of them. Victorinox Swiss Army is the Watch division of Victorinox, the makers of the legendary Swiss Army Knife. This year they celebrate their 130th anniversary and the 25th anniversary for the watch division. The new Alliance has for the first time a mechanical version that highlights all the sublime of this timeless range. Every detail is amazingly elegant and clever. Ealier during the year, we already reviewed the new beautiful Infantry GMT. An authentic look, between modernism and classicism The new Alliance has a strong signature look. The white or the black dial will offer you all the beauty of a classic elegant watch with subtle modern elements. Let’s have a close look into…

Hublot Palace, the place to be in Rio de Janeiro

Hublot Palace, the place to be in Rio de Janeiro

Reading Time: 6 minutesWhile the heart of Football aficionados is beating faster than never, Hublot is celebrating the Brazil world football cup as we would expect: in a very unique way. For that, they revealed the Hublot Palace hotel ob Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. Hublot loves football As you know, Hublot is the official timekeeper of FIFA event and as official timepiece ambassador, well Hublot loves football! This is actually the name of the current campaign that the Swiss watch-maker is rolling-out during the competition. Hublot initial contract with FIFA covered South Africa (2010) and Brazil this year. In order to maintain its commitment to the round ball, Hublot extended the contract towards Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. It will be a 12 years engagement, which is more than honorable. In order to materialize Hublot passion for football, the Swiss brand launched a special watch in partnership with the…

Hermès Arceau Millefiori, beyond crystal art glass.

Hermès Arceau Millefiori, beyond crystal art glass.

Reading Time: 5 minutesHermès is the poet of watch-making. Every year, the French luxury house launches amazing timepieces displaying the alliance of innovation, know-how and beautiful arts. During Baselworld 2014, Hermès revealed Dressage l’Heure Masquée, a special timepiece that reviewed the relationship between a watch and its owner. You can read our full review here. Hermès released the information about a new creation, that literally blew our mind in terms of beauty, know-how and high-end watch-making. It is called Hermès Arceau Millefiori. This year, Hermès has 3 main themes: Femininity, complications and Art craftsmanship. These themes will underline the singularity and the innovation of the brand. 14 different Artwork craftmanship in-house. It is a great source of inspiration and a chance to have such a richness inside the company. The encounter of watch-making and glass-making With the launch of this new Arceau Millefiori, Hermes encapsulates an unusual encounter between 2 amazing fine arts: watch-making…

Electronic watches, not that new

Electronic watches, not that new

Reading Time: 6 minutesSince the launch of the smartphone, we knew that one day we would end up with “smart-watches”. Not that we were all nostalgics of Michael Knight and his Knight industries 2000 wrist-watch but because it would be the natural evolution of things. Despite the fact that iWatches are a hot trend right now, their concept is not new. The Electronic watch, a concept older than 50 years Everybody is talking about the Apple iWatch (even if nobody knows exactly when this will be launched) and the Samsung Galaxy Gear (already launched). But did you know that the idea of a watch capable of doing certain electronic functionalities and powered with a battery is pretty much old? The pioneer was not a Japanese company. It was Hamilton that in 1957 launched the Hamilton Electric watch 500. The uniqueness of this wrist-watch was that a small electric battery replaced the mainspring. The…

SIHH 2014, Boldness was never so elegant.

SIHH 2014, Boldness was never so elegant.

Reading Time: 6 minutesTimepiece lovers start well the year thanks to the SIHH in Geneva. In deed, Christmas is still not far away and we can already keep dreaming of amazing creations by Cartier, Piaget, Montblanc or Roger Dubuis among others. Here are some highlights of what you will be able to discover next week.   CARTIER – Tank MC Skeleton Pink Gold Some Brands play the Skeleton concept in showing as much as they can the mouvement inside. This exercise is basically using a almost non-existing dial with a transparent back. In the case of Cartier, the entire 9611 mouvement was developed on this purpose. The Bridges were made in the shape of Roman numbers, so it serves the purpose of the dial. The result is a magnificent aspect of technicity and design.  For the 2014 SIHH, Cartier will reveal a new rework of the Tank MC Skeleton. This time the entire timepiece…

Luxury Watches selection. The Christmas wish-list.

Luxury Watches selection. The Christmas wish-list.

Reading Time: 6 minutes2013 was an amazing year for the Swiss Timepiece industry. Between the SIHH in Geneva and Baselword in Basel, it was again, another great year for Swiss ingenuity. The holiday season is already taken place and Christmas is just almost here. So here is our watch wish-list, with some great masterpieces you do not want to miss. Did we miss something? Just add it in the comments. Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb Hurricane Watch, a true journey The first version of this watch was released in 2010. This year Zenith, fine watchmaker of Le Locle, launched an amazing version. It is always easily recognizable thanks to the big glass bubble placed at the 6 o’clock position. It is the position of the gyroscope-balanced regulator. The dial on this new limited edition watch is partially skeletonized. The 45 mm case is finished in rose gold with AR coated sapphire crystal and is attached to…

Karl Lagerfeld Bamford Limited edition Milgauss. Black tie attitude.

Karl Lagerfeld Bamford Limited edition Milgauss. Black tie attitude.

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you like Fashion and beautiful watches, you need to discover the new Karl Lagerfeld by Bamford Milgauss. Based on a Rolex Milgauss, BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT dresses this amazing timepiece with a black tie attitude and a signature style from KARL LAGERFELD. It will be available December 3rd in Paris and Munich at Karl Lagerfeld Boutiques. Bamford, a luxury taylor for your watch Bamford Watch Department is like Pininfarina, Brabus or Prindiville for Automobile brands. They work officially with beautiful watch-makers in order to push further the customization of certain models without loosing the initial spirit of each timepiece. Brands like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemar Piguet or Tag Heuer trust Bamford for the excellent work they accomplish in each timepiece. All timepieces are new and no customizations on already owned watches are possible. This insures the perfect state of the customized watch. With the launch of this limited edition, Bamford…

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