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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…

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…

Hermes Baselworld 2017, new watches you need to know.

Hermes Baselworld 2017, new watches you need to know.

Reading Time: 4 minutesBaselworld has more than 1’000 brands represented in the fair. It is by far the biggest international watch event. Some watchmakers are legends and some watches became iconic. Hermès has for the past 30 years adopted a high-qualitative position by taking care of each single detail of their watches. Each Baselworld is a surprise and generally a good one. Before starting the watch fair, Hermes has released 2 amazing incoming creations: Hermes Cape Cod Hommes Hermes Slim Quantième Perpétuel Platine The history of Hermès watches is not new. It already started back then in the beginning of the 20th century when Jacqueline Hermès would wear a pocket watch for which Hermès would built a wrist bracelet. This was back in 1912. This definitely shows the earlier interest of the Hermès family for wrist watches and a very innovative approach. From the 1920’s and especially from 1928, Hermès officially started selling wrist…

Baselworld 2017, a new year of hope. 

Baselworld 2017, a new year of hope. 

Reading Time: 6 minutes2016 was a tought year for the Swiss watchmaking. With a negative growth, things became quite complicated for some established brands. SIHH 2017 is over and we can see that things went pretty conservative. Probably the bad mood from the end of the year was still present. With Baselworld, brands already started by activating themselves and everybody hope that the business will re-start growing again. What should we expect from Baselworld 2017? Here somme interesting facts. The Swiss Watchmaking Federation, 2016 facts and figures Last year was not the greatest year of all for the Swiss Watchmaking industry. Thanks to a good holiday season, Swiss watchmakers ended up the year at -9.7%. It could have been much worse. The segment of > CHF 8’000 were responsible for the biggest part of these negative results with -11.6%. Watches between CHF 500 to CHF 3’000 only decreased by 3.9%. The total exports…

SIHH 2017, what to expect ?

SIHH 2017, what to expect ?

Reading Time: 8 minutesFor this 27th year, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will present several new interesting topics to note. For the past 27 years, SIHH has given visitors a 360° view of horological expertise. Spotlighting each brand inside a thoughtfully designed setting, it remains true to its fundamental vocation as an important and exclusive rendezvous for the sector. Visitors can discover the latest collections, meet other professionals, spot future trends, and exchange with the 17 historic Maisons and the new wave of independent artisan-creators inside the “Carré des Horlogers”. Last year, 24 exhibiting Maisons were at the 2016 SIHH. This was one of the two major innovations at this 26th edition, which welcomed nine independent workshops and creators to join the 15 established Maisons that have made the SIHH the first key gathering of the watchmaking year. These nine contemporary brands, which these past years have imposed their own style and…

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…

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…

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…

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 2015, what should we expect from this year edition?

Baselworld 2015, what should we expect from this year edition?

Reading Time: 3 minutesBaselworld is one of the biggest events in watchmaking in the world. With the SIHH in Geneva and Watch and Wonders in HongKong, Baselworld is an event you do not want to miss. More than 150’000 visitors in 5 days of exhibition,  and more than 4’000 journalists will make this event one of the highlights of this beginning of the year. 1’500 brands from 40 countries will exhibit the best of the best. Since its new configuration, Baselworld offers a multistory pavillons on 141’000m2. Baselworld, definitely a big deal For the Swiss Watch-making industry is definitely one of the biggest event of the year. It is an event dedicated to professionals and each Brand will present their new watch collections to potential professional buyers. So basically the annual sales will be accomplished in just a couple of days. This year the Basel Watch show will take place from March 19th…

SIHH 2015, what should you know for the incoming year?

SIHH 2015, what should you know for the incoming year?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Geneva International Watchmaking show is already finished. One full week of amazing watches from some of the most luxury Swiss Made brands. Every year, the Watch press and the watch aficionados hold their breathes until the new watches are revealed during the SIHH. Thanks to an extraordinary organization, precise as a Swiss watch, the 25th edition of SIHH was a great success. The event is strictly reserved for the Watchmaking professionals, best customers and friends of the brands.  During a full week, most of the brands will make their annual sales for most of them. Others still have a second opportunity by participating to Baselworld in March. We need to congratulate the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie for this impeccable organization. It is a true pleasure to attend to the fair as everything is made to put you at ease. It was an amazing edition. There were no crazy blockbusters but…

A Lifestyle Magazine that Quenches your Thirst for Fashion

A Lifestyle Magazine that Quenches your Thirst for Fashion

Reading Time: 4 minutesLuxury and fashion need not go hand in hand always. What may be fashionable to one may not be so to the other person. In our quest to know what luxury is and what fashion is, we tend to mix both the concepts. In real life, the agencies of fashion and the agencies of luxury can be quite the contrary to each other. If you visit a fashion website, you might be awed by the glitz and the glamour of the world of fashionistas, expensive dresses, fragrance launches, fashion shows and many more events that usher in fashion in the fashionable way that only they can, into our lives. But when it comes to living fashion and blending it with your life, you need someone to hand-hold you through the entire process. When you watch news, for example red carpet news, page-3 news, and anything that is remotely associated with…

Luxury News Up to the Minute

Luxury News Up to the Minute

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe world of luxury news is a fast moving and ever-changing place. Those who live in it struggle to keep up with the day by day changes that make it so popular. Your typical lifestyle magazine gets released on a monthly basis, which is plenty of time for the trends listed within it to have already become stale. It is also easy to find yourself out of the loop when it comes to sporting a look that is at its peak when you’re wearing it. A good fashion website can be exactly the thing to keep you in the loop on everything that is breaking in luxury news. Even if your favorite lifestyle magazine is doing its best to keep up with what is popular at the time, they’re always going to fall behind a fashion website that can update within minutes or just about every minute. With all the…