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Artisan-Créateur Portrait

Philippe Dufour
Philippe Dufour, simplicity itself

A child of La Vallée de Joux and father of the legendary Simplicity, Philippe Dufour is considered a superstar by collectors the world over. Trails of pipe smoke, the gentle churning of antique machines, and scrupulous hand-finishing constitute the well-oiled mechanics of the master watchmaker's days. We met him at his workshop, on the ground floor of the old schoolhouse in Le Solliat.

Thursday, 27 July 2017
6 min read
Beat Haldimann: when time is of the essence

As the descendent of a line of watchmakers going back four centuries, Beat Haldimann was bound to conceive his timepieces in the purest horological tradition. His watches and all their constituent parts are made at his workshop in Thun, with not a CNC machine in sight.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
7 min read
François-Paul Journe
François-Paul Journe, reinventing the past

For the past thirty years, he has taken inspiration from the great master watchmakers. Winner of the Hommage au Talent award, presented by Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, François-Paul Journe opens the doors to his Geneva workshop.

Tuesday, 04 April 2017
6 min read
SIHH 2017 Michel Parmigiani
Michel Parmigiani, the horological heart doctor

Twenty years ago, Michel Parmigiani, a man who has made restoration an art form, set up his own brand. One whose Senfine movement promises a "historic" new departure for watchmaking.

Monday, 16 January 2017
7 min read
Andreas Strehler
Andreas Strehler's organic watchmaking

Located in Sirnach, Switzerland, close to Lake Constance, Andreas Strehler boasts twenty years as an independent watchmaker whose business model has nothing left to prove. In constant demand as a movement developer and contractor for the industry, he also cultivates exclusivity with the timepieces he crafts under his own name.

Friday, 16 December 2016
9 min read
Antoine and Florian Preziuso
In the name of the father, son and tourbillon

He has explored fine watchmaking from every angle, taking care to turn aesthetic conventions upside-down. With his head in the stars, Antoine Preziuso has sailed through the past 35 years with manifold complicated creations that concede nothing to marketing. A dream of watchmaking resonates with freedom and family to underpin his success.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016
5 min read
Vianney Halter
Vianney Halter, the watchmaker of future past

He has put his name to some five hundred watches in total, and currently produces around twenty a year. Vianney Halter, winner of the 2016 Prix Gaïa, uses mechanical science to further his retro-futuristic vision of watchmaking. The kind that could run on steam!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016
8 min read
Romain Gauthier set up his business in Vallée-de-Joux in 2005 © Fred Merz
Romain Gauthier, a man with a plan

Resolve and patience, talent and hard work have got Roman Gauthier where he is today. A watchmaker as well as a specialist component supplier, he continues our series of portraits of contemporary artisan-watchmakers who take a different approach to the measurement of time.

Friday, 08 July 2016
6 min read
Kari Voutilainen
Kari Voutilainen, from Môtiers with love

All over the world, collectors go crazy for his classic watches, magnificently decorated with painstaking care. In the first of a series of portraits of artisan-watchmakers, we travel to the Swiss Jura to meet Kari Voutilainen and discover his story, his motivations and ideals, his workshop and, of course, his watches. Welcome home.

Wednesday, 08 June 2016
7 min read
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