watchmaking

Baselworld 2019: Claude Meylan Revisits The World Of Car Racing

Baselworld 2019: Claude Meylan Revisits The World Of Car Racing

Claude Meylan is a proud company based in Vallée de Joux, a location dedicated to watchmaking. The roots of Claude Meylan is its major inspiration. The Swissness spirit gathers a tremendous amount of cultural references and Claude Meylan uses this heritage to tell stories of tomorrow. During Baselworld 2019, Claude Meylan revealed a new theme, inspired by the world of vintage car racing: LAC MOTORITIES. With “MOTORITIES”, CLAUDE MEYLAN creates new sculptures of time. Associating Claude Meylan’s know-how with a very appealing theme, MOTORITIES revisits the world of vintage car racing and each detail is a piece of art. The first striking element is the smallest hand-wound openwork movement available to date. There is a superposition of cut-out and colored sculptures that illustrate the particular moments of historical races. Claude Meylan further innovates and superimposes cut-out dials that creates a three-dimensional effect and an intriguing depth. Between them, spaces open…

Everything You Wanted To Know About Mechanical Watches And Never Dared To Ask

Everything You Wanted To Know About Mechanical Watches And Never Dared To Ask

Since Quartz watches and lately Connected watches slammed the market, people got more and more interested in mechanical watches. They represent state of the art watchmaking and like a car, a mechanical watch would be worthless without its engine, called movement. Many people see how it looks like but do not have a clear understanding on how this works. The aim of this article is to provide you with a general understanding of the mechanical watch principles. So probably you will finally have the answers to your questions. Manual vs Automatic, What Does It Means? Very often you see the denomination of Manual or Automatic watch. This refers to how the watch gets its power to work. If it is a manual watch, it means you need to use the crown to wind it up, at least once a day or once every 2 days if you wish to maintain…

Hermès Arceau Robe Du Soir, Beautiful!

Hermès Arceau Robe Du Soir, Beautiful!

Hermès has a fantastic gift to combine watchmaking and poetry. Here is an outstanding work made on a 41 mm-diameter Arceau watch:  2,200 tiny juxtaposed leather squares form a horse profile inspired by the Hermès “Robe du Soir” silk scarf designed by Florence Manlik in 2018. Set against an electric blue backdrop and matching strap, the colourful fragments are lit up by the rose gold glow of the round case with its asymmetrical lugs and slim leaf-type hands. This horological creation imbued with the Hermès saddle- and leather-making heritage is issued in a 12-piece limited numbered edition. Hermès has year after year celebrated watchmaking craftsmanship with a specific focus on dials. Very often the French luxury house developed its own techniques, some of them carefully built in order to bring true wonders. For the Arceau Robe du Soir, it took a full year and a half of R&D to master…

A Brief History About The Hands Of A Watch – Types and Origins.

A Brief History About The Hands Of A Watch – Types and Origins.

It is hard to find good information about watch hands despite the fact they are very important in watch making. In deed, how can you see time without them and how can you celebrate watchmaking accuracy, know-how and performance without them? Nevertheless we it is hard to find good information about the different types, the history and who is doing what. Here is what we know. Hands Of A Watch, A Bit Of History It is said that the first hands factory in Switzerland was founded in 1812. It was Wagnon Frères in Geneva. The founder is Charles Wagnon and his grand-son, Ami Wagnon exhibited the company products in Paris in 1878, in Zürich in 1883 and in Chicago in 1893. By 1896, Wagnon Frères were producing around 400 different sorts of hands. By the the years 1900’s, there were more than 60 factories in Switzerland producing hands for the…

Pre-SIHH 2017: Parmigiani Fleurier at its best.

Pre-SIHH 2017: Parmigiani Fleurier at its best.

On May 29th 1996, the brand Parmigiani Fleurier is founded. It is born from the trust woven between Michel Parmigiani and the Sandoz Family Foundation who have acknowledged his talent as a watchmaker. 20 years later, the Fleurier watch-maker is keeping with innovation and know-how. SIHH 2017 starts and Parmigiani is presenting amazing creations, all highlights of what Parmigiani does at its best. Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Meteorite Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe With these new launches Parmigiani displays the in-house high-end know-how in dials and the luxury ultimate aspect of its watches. The Tonda 1950 Galaxy showcases a magnificent Aventurine glass dial. It procures a glittering glass made in high-temperature and low-oxygen environment. When you look to the watch, you have the feeling to see the sky and the universe with its stars. The brand added 84 diamonds ti the bezel and a very beautiful…

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 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?…

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

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

The 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…

SIHH, la crème de la crème in watchmaking meet in Geneva

SIHH, la crème de la crème in watchmaking meet in Geneva

Next week, Geneva will beat at the rythmn of beautiful timepieces. The 25th Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)will open its doors and some of the most amazing Watch manufacturers. 16 brands will exhibit their new creations in a very luxury environment, that only happy fews will discover as it is on invitation only. A House full of (beautiful) cards The SIHH is Christmas after Christmas for the Watchmaking professionals. every year it is the first big appointment in all diaries. From the 16 brands presented in the Salon, 12 belong to the Richemont Group: A. Lange & Sohne Baume & Mercier IWC Jaeger-LeCoultre Montblanc Panerai Piaget Ralph Lauren Roger Dubuis Vacheron Constantin Van Cleef & Arpels Outside the Richemont Group, there are guest brands that are also incredible legendary watchmakers: Audemars Piguet Greubel Forsey Parmigiani Richard Mille Last year, the 2014 SIHH was an amazing edition. With 14’000…

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

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

Every 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…

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

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

Richard 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…

Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie Geneva, our best.

Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie Geneva, our best.

At the end of October, The Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève rewarded the excellent work some watchmakers accomplished this year. The ceremony is always a moment of great expectation as since 2001, the Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious prize you could get as a watchmaker. It is the equivalent of the Oscars for the movie industry.  LuxuryActivist wished to highlight 3 major creations among all the laureates. Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie de Genève, the best of watchmaking Created in 2001 and intended as an annual salute to the excellence of worldwide watchmaking creations, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève fosters the reputation and influence of this art and its values around the globe. Values that are shared by the main partner of the Foundation of the GPHG, the Edmond de Rothschild group, which since 2011 has regularly rewarded the best young student at the Geneva Watchmaking…

Hublot Palace, the place to be in Rio de Janeiro

Hublot Palace, the place to be in Rio de Janeiro

While 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…

SIHH 2014, Boldness was never so elegant.

SIHH 2014, Boldness was never so elegant.

Timepiece 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…

Hublot new ambassador: Guga Kuerten, brazilian tennis star.

Hublot new ambassador: Guga Kuerten, brazilian tennis star.

Hublot just announced this week that world famous brazilian tennis player Gustavo Kuerten, became the new ambassador for the swiss watch brand. To celebrate this event, Hublot launched a very limited edition called the King Power Guga Bang. Gustavo Kuerten, aka Guga, is three-time winner at Roland Garros and former world number 1 tennis player. He is today member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Guga joins a group of world class elite atheltes who became Hublot ambassadors. Athletes like Dwyane Wade, Usain Bolt or Falcâo Garcia. The new King Power Guga Bang is the alliance between Hublot and Guga’s charity activities. In deed, the tennis champion created an organization to offer opportunities for children, teenagers and people with disabilities. The Guga Kuerten Institute promotes sports workshops and educational activities. The new King Power Guga Bang bears Guga signature and part of the sales of this watch will go…

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Harry Winston Opus XIII by Ludovic Ballouard

Version française ici Reinventing the time each year by offering a blend of traditional watchmaking, technical innovation and innovative design, this is the challenge that is launched with the Harry Winston Opus adventure. The new episode of this amazing and enigmatic “Haute Horlogerie” saga, called Opus XIII. It was highly anticipated, and once again, it defied the rules of conventional watchmaking, exceeding all expectations. It is almost impossible to understand the workings of this watch with simple images, which is why I strongly suggest you watch this video before reading further.  An original display 59 pivoting peripheral hands for minutes display Placed one after the other in a peripheral ring, minutes indicators align a circular path every minute past in a retrograde. Every 5 minutes appears a red hand improving readability. The 59 indicators retire in unison when the hour has passed through the action of an ingenious outer ring reset. 11 rotating…

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