Watches

Slim d’Hermès new models, amazing utter simplicity.

Slim d’Hermès new models, amazing utter simplicity.

Hermes 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…

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

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

The 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…

Hermes Baselworld 2017, new watches you need to know.

Hermes Baselworld 2017, new watches you need to know.

Baselworld 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. 

2016 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 ?

For 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…

Louis Moinet is officially the inventor of the Chronograph.

Louis Moinet is officially the inventor of the Chronograph.

After the best part of six months of procedures and thorough investigations, Louis Moinet has become the official holder of the title of “First Chronograph”, awarded by the official Guinness World Records organisation. In bestowing its Guinness World Records award, the worldwide authority brings further recognition of a fact already widely acknowledged in the world of watchmaking: the chronograph was first invented by Mr Louis Moinet in 1816, with his “Compteur de Tierces”. Chronometer versus Chronograph: What is the difference? According to Thesaurus, a watch is an apparatus fo measuring and recording the progress of time. Obviously in the past 300 years watches have become more than just timekeeper objects. Several watchmaking complications joined the field of possibilities. Chronometer: A name that is given to only watches with the highest precision standards. These watches have passed rigorous testing of the Swiss Official Chronometer Control which consists of 15 days under…

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick, icons are forever

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick, icons are forever

In Timepieces manufacturing, some watches entered a timeless position, meaning that some of them are forever. They become icons for the brand and for the people who wear them. At Victorinox Swiss Army, we can consider that the Maverick is one of them.   Victorinox has year by year supporting Maverick and we can say that today they got just about everything right. The recognizable Bezel, the two layered dial and the crown protection. These details and more make this watch a great classic in the watch industry. And as we can see on the pictures below, this great work already started a couple of years ago with the previous models.   Today, the Maverick has many elegant design details and the collection also evolved towards more colours as you can see here: From a technical point of view, the Maverick is a Swiss made watch with a Ronda 715…

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Girard-Perregaux Constant Escapement – A technical revolution Haute-Horlogerie style.

Version française ici During Baselworld 2013, Luxury Activist team got the privilege to have the new collections presented by Stefano Macaluso, Product Development Director at Girard-Perregaux. Much of the interview was devoted to a fascinating piece called Constant Escapement which has the advantage of surprise by a visible revolutionary escapement mechanism, and enhanced dial side. With this launch, the brand from La Chaux-de-Fonds continues the momentum of innovation and high technology characterizes the past 222 years. First of all, and we can not do otherwise, some basic watchmaking notions. The energy animating a watch can be produced in two ways. Either by manual manipulation of the crown, which comes to a tension spring in the barrel or by the rotor when the movement is said self-winding (or automatic). This energy must be dissipated slowly to ensure the watch the biggest reserve. If it was not regulated, the spring would relax a…

Baselworld 2013 – Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20

Baselworld 2013 – Zenith Pilot Montre d’Aéronef Type 20

Version française ici Zenith offers 6 models Pilot Aircraft Type 20 to remember the historical and emotional association between the brand and aviation this year. Louis Bleriot and Léon Morane, famous pilots who wrote important lines in the history of the conquest of the air, frequently used Zenith watch them in flight. The Le Locle manufacture well developed rapidly in the market for aircraft instruments: Altimeter, aircraft watches for military and civilian companies. The Type 20 appeared in 1939 is now completely revisited by today’s standards. The housings of six different models, with a diameter ranging from 40 to 57.5 mm. 40 mm version is our Editor’s choice, because of its affordability and ease to be worn by the greatest number. The dial, in the purest tradition of instrumentation is matte black, without appliques, with painted SuperLuminova C1 index. The movement is an automatic Elite 683, 50 hours power reserve, 4…

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

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

Hublot 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,…

Baselworld 2013: Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu by Hermès.

Baselworld 2013: Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu by Hermès.

At Baselworld this year, the luxuryactivist team discovered real treasures. Like this amazing Timepiece by Hermès called Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu. We met several Watchmakers. While some were trying to measure time, others to catch up time, a few like Hermès brought an invitation to enjoy time. Baselworld 2013 was definitely the year of performance. Many watch manufacturers presented 10Hz watches with a precision of almost perfection. But other Houses, wanted to tell you a story – A story of enjoying time second after second and make it last for ever… or almost. Hermès presented the evolution of its Arceau, Le Temps Suspendu. After winning a watchmaking prize, we got finally the story told to us by the Hermès team at the Hermès booth in Baselworld. And we must say that we got completely taken into a timeless journey… pure poetry.     The principle of this timepiece is as…

The Ongoing Innovation of Watches

The Ongoing Innovation of Watches

Watches have grown to be very innovative in this day in age. They also seem to be incredibly recession proof. From the design of the watch and its multiple functions to the watch display cases there is definitely an art behind each product on the market. Below we have listed some of the innovative watches that each have their own artistic inspiration. Nike Strive Wrist Watch The Nike Strive watch is clearly tailored towards athletes with a hint of style. The Nike product has a sleek, flat digital face and a slender band so that the features all together seem very futuristic. Nike has always taken the approach of clean look but customizable by the user too. The Nike Strive comes with various colors of faceplates: pink, silver, or gold. There is versatility in the Nike Strive as well, from running early mornings to going out at night, the watch fits…

Heidi is naughty but nice…

Heidi is naughty but nice…

Victorinox, a swiss legendary company is reviewing swiss mythology with a modern twist via a mini web serie called Swiss myths. It is an initiative run by the Watch team division in order to highlight new incoming products. The first episode shows a nowadays Heidi who decides to visit her Grand-father. It is apparently the first film of many displaying new adventures of Switzerland’s mythic heroes. When heritage meets modernity… the result is outstanding. In this episode, Victorinox presents a special limited edition of the Original watch, here proposed with a natural leather strap and cover.     The Original is a watch with three hands and a date window, animated by a Ronda quartz movement. The Original Chronograph has three central hands, date window at 4 o’clock, three sub-dials and an ETA quartz chronograph movement. In both versions, the natural leather strap can be worn in the traditional way,…

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… now online!

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend… now online!

Diamonds are girl’s best friends. We know that, but sometimes when we are looking for the perfect ring, for the perfect moment, it is not so easy to find it. So you need a little help and the development of online specialized shops makes your life easier. That’s why you need to discover Ernest Jones.  It is one of the finest online purveyors of Diamond jewellery, watches and gifts. Established for 60 years, they have an outstanding online jewellery catalog with more than 400 rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Rings price range goes from £99 for a cobalt men’s ring up to £6’400 for a platinum, diamond solitaire. They also have other Gifts ideas and Watches. They work with fine brands, so you should definitely check their website: http://www.ernestjones.co.uk LA   Info sourced at the Brand website. All content is copyrighted with no reproduction rights available. 

Chrono24, the world biggest marketplace for luxury watches

Chrono24, the world biggest marketplace for luxury watches

A beautiful high-qualitative watch is… for eternity. Sometimes, vintage timepieces or special editions are hard to find, especially if the brands are not selling it any more. That is why you need to know Chrono24.  Chrono24 is the biggest marketplace for watches. They have implemented an unique platform that allow dealers (professionals and amateurs) to propose their Timepieces to people looking for a specific Brand or Model. The mission of Chrono24 is to be the most trusted Watch online retailer in the world. As fakes became a true virus, most of people are afraid to purchase watches online, especially high-end timepieces. Chrono24 has a very reassuring and complete interface. Chrono24 is: More than 100,000 visitors every month 900 online sellers More than 200 Watch brands represented 11 years of existence, which is the sign of professionalism and loyalty. Chrono24 is not buying and selling watches. It is place in which…

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