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Manufacture Royale, new launches 2017 – Freedom of creation is priceless.

Manufacture Royale, new launches 2017 – Freedom of creation is priceless.

Reading Time: 7 minutesBaselworld is finished and we must confess it was a nice edition. At LuxuryActivist we discovered or rediscovered great watchmakers. With the creation of the new space called “Les Ateliers”, Baselworld celebrate the high value of independent creators and Manufacture Royale is for sure one of the best. Manufacture Royale, great heritage that builds the future. In 1770, French philosopher Voltaire supports the establishment of watchmaking workshops in Ferney-Voltaire near Geneva and Manufacture Royale is established. It is then an important producer of timepieces and the famous Jean-Antoine Lépine, clockmaker to the king, is one of its watchmakers. Manufacture Royale also made objets d’art such as table watches. The Manufacture gently disappeared from the news but was revived recently in 2010. In its modern era, Manufacture Royale produces modern watches with great Haute Horlogerie complications, manufactured in-house. Currently they also produce and manufacture watches elements for several other brands, showing a strong in-house…

Richard Mille Pre-SIHH 2015: RM 33-01 Automatic watch

Richard Mille Pre-SIHH 2015: RM 33-01 Automatic watch

Reading Time: 3 minutesRichard Mille is a brand about true watchmaking. Before Christmas we have a little window over the 2015 new collections and here is the review of the RM 33-01 automatic watch. Richard Mille, a story of watchmaking After some marketing studies in Besançon- France, Richard Mille joined a small company called Finhor in 1974. It was his debuts in watchmaking. In 1981, the company was bought by Matra and Richard Mille became the manager for the watch business. After a while, Matra’s watch activities were sold to Seiko and Richard Mille decided to quit the company in 1992 with the idea of building his own brand.   After a short passage by Mauboussin, in which he built its watch business, it was in 1999 that Richard Mille SA was founded. And in 2001 the first model was launched: the RM001. What describes Richard Mille know-how? We could define it as…

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari. Masterpiece of all records!!!

Hublot MP-05 LaFerrari. Masterpiece of all records!!!

Reading Time: 3 minutesHublot revealed a new Limited edition called MP-05 LaFerrari. It was one of the highlights at Baselworld this year. And if you think Hublot is innovative, you do not realize how far they are ready to go in order to create outstanding timepieces. Check this out. Every year all great Watch manufacturers meet at Baselworld and their aim is to make their annual business and for sure to compete in terms of innovation and their capacity of being outstanding. And in this field Hublot is a world champion. One of their annual highlights was a Timepiece called MP-05 LaFerrari. A 50 day power reserve, basically a world record for a hand-wound Tourbillon wristwatch. The inspiration? The new supercar by Ferrari called LAFERRARI. Check the launch video of the car and you will understand the level of expectancy. Developed along the Car development itself in a complete collaboration with Ferrari team,…

Antoine Martin, contemporary elegance in watchmaking

Antoine Martin, contemporary elegance in watchmaking

Reading Time: 4 minutesAntoine Martin was lanched last year and represent a new alternative to luxury Watch making. Born from a solid and innovative know-how of its founder, Martin Braun, it is now a player of the watchmaking industry located in Alpnach, in the heart of Switzerland. Every time someone try to create a new Watch brand, eyes are pointed on this person as we all wish to be surprised, excited and taken to a new journey in the watch industry. Of course others might see a threat so they might hope it will not work or just keep it small enough to not disturb the business. Anyway, After many fights between big groups to get the number one position, it is always inspiring to see people daring to bring something different to the market. This shows how dynamic the Swiss Watch industry is and how big is its power of innovation. When Mr…

Parmigiani Fleurier, real luxury watch-making

Parmigiani Fleurier, real luxury watch-making

Reading Time: 3 minutesParmigiani Fleurier is a high-end Swiss watchmaker brand founded in 1976 in Fleurier, Switzerland. It was founded by Michel Parmigiani. The foundation of this amazing brand is based on the talent of restoring watchmaking artefacts and the inspiration of mechanical movements of the past. In a world in which watchmakers are having a hard time fighting into a kind of “red ocean” for components, some brands just go throught it thanks to alot of know how, patience and passion. And Parmigiani is definitely one of them. All Parmigiani’s Timepieces has at least 400 jours of work. They are all hand-made with movements produced in-house. This quite confidential brand got a major communication breakthrough in 2006 when they got the Watch of the year award for its Bugatti 370. It is said that they produce only 1,000 units per year and most of their watches are produced in very limited edition….

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.

Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold Bridges.

Reading Time: 4 minutesGirard Perregaux highlights of the month is the reveal of its Vintage 1945 Tourbillon with three gold bridges. This edition will be available only in 50 units worldwide and represents the perfect blend of timeless elegance, excellence in watch-making and pure technology. All the heritage of Girard Perregaux in a master piece built on the acclaimed Tourbillon with threefold Bridges. A magnificent work of noble materials with high-end techniques. Girard Perregaux has its origins back to 1791 and is a high-class watch manufacturer situated in La Chaux-de-Fonds. It is part of the Sowing group, a subsidiary of PPR. When Constant Girard founded his company in 1852. After a successful marriage with Marie Perregaux, he creates Girard Perregaux Manufacture in 1856. In 1906, Mr. Constant Girard-Gallet who took over the company from his father, took over the Bautte House and merge all companies into Girard Perregaux & Cie. Since that time…

Jaquet Droz, coded luxury

Jaquet Droz, coded luxury

Reading Time: 5 minutesJaquet Droz is one of the most confidential, yet brilliant Manufacture horlogère from Switzerland. With the launch of their 2011 Tourbillon, here are some clues to decode this prestigious House, part of the Swatch Group since 2001.   This year, the Swiss Timepieces industry shows a great growth. No “time for crisis”. Here some interesting key figures YTD October 2011. – 16,8 Billion CHF Export sales (already the level of 2010) – October 2011 = 1,87 billion CHF (which is +18,6% vs october 2010) and 2,8 million Timepieces exported (+4,7% vs oct2010). – The entire industry should end up the year >17 Billion CHF, the record level of 2008. – Mouvements exports also grows by 9% in volume vs YTDOCT 2010. With such a great health, the Swiss watchmaking is one of the leading luxury industries in the world, together with high-jewelry. And when we talk about luxury timepieces, we…