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  • 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 ...

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  • Baselworld 2019: What should you expect from this year’s edition?
    Baselworld 2019: What should you expect from this year’s edition?

    Baselworld 2019 is starting and after a chaotic year with the announcement of Swatch group exit among other brands, it is a new dawn for the Basel watch event. While there are high expectations from this year’s edition, everybody is talking about Baselworld 2020 and the joint forces with SIHH. It might be the starting point of a true “Swiss Watch week”. The fair wishes to introduce new co...

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  • Why Female Watches Are Never A Priority in Watchmaking?
    Why Female Watches Are Never A Priority in Watchmaking?

    The 2019 SIHH is over and while Swiss watchmaking is recovering little by little from hard years, let’s highlight an interesting finding: Female watches are not always a priority in watchmaking. While men lines are generally the iconic pieces and the focus for most of the watch brands, it is unfortunate to realize that there is still efforts to be made in order to better please female watch a...

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  • Vacheron Constantin Pre-SIHH 2019: Les Cabinotiers
    Vacheron Constantin Pre-SIHH 2019: Les Cabinotiers

    Creativity never sleeps. This fall, Vacheron Constantin is revealing 2 amazing novelties that will be presented during the 2019 SIHH in Geneva. The two following timepieces are a beautiful tribute to Geneva watchmakers who used to work in the roof tops of buildings. Their workshops were called “Cabinets” and the watchmakers working there were named “Cabinotiers”.  Here are the full det...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Claude Meylan, Watchmaker and Sculptor of Swiss Heritage
    Claude Meylan, Watchmaker and Sculptor of Swiss Heritage

    There are hundreds of watchmakers producing their watches in Switzerland. Some brands are for sure more outstanding than others and a few brands have an interesting story to be told. Claude Meylan is a hidden gem in the history of Swiss Watchmaking. Expert in the savvy technique of skeletonisation the Swiss manufacturer will sculpt the Swiss heritage as a leightmotiv to innovate and surprise th...

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  • The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390
    The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390

    Probably one of the most outstanding pieces seen during the SIHH is the extraordinary Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type390. This partnership between two amazing brands, has produced outstanding master-pieces for more than a decade. During the SIHH 2018, we were lucky enough to attend to a private presentation of this model, a great moment that allowed us to ask more about this great watch. « Pa...

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  • SIHH 2018: The Renaissance of the Parmigiani Kalpa Line
    SIHH 2018: The Renaissance of the Parmigiani Kalpa Line

    The SIHH is also the moment in the year that Geneva sees what we could call successful comebacks. This year, it is with great pleasure we see the return of the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa line. Launched in 1998 by Michel Parmigini himself, the Kalpa line remains a very contemporary watch. Celebrating the 20th anniversary, Parmigiani brings back the Kalpa line with a very interesting model and var...

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  • SIHH 2018: Inside The New Hermès Exhibition Booth
    SIHH 2018: Inside The New Hermès Exhibition Booth

    One of the novelties this year at the SIHH is the arrival of Hermès as new exhibitor in the luxury tradeshow. LuxuryActivist took the time to give you a snapshot of how the new Hermès Booth looks like. Get into this insider experience and discover the world of La Montre Hermès, now in Geneva. The principle at the SIHH is that every stand is similar in the outside, which provides a contempora...

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  • SIHH 2018: Cartier Is A Master Of Mystery
    SIHH 2018: Cartier Is A Master Of Mystery

    With the opening of SIHH this year, Cartier is revealing 2 great timepieces: the Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double Tourbillon and the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Day & Night. These two watches represent a deep understanding of watchmaking with a over-the-top sense of aesthetics. For sure these are quite exceptional watches. The Rotonde de Cartier Skeleton Mysterious Double T...

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  • SIHH 2018: Audemars Piguet Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Royal Oak Offshore
    SIHH 2018: Audemars Piguet Celebrates The 25th Anniversary Of The Royal Oak Offshore

    This year, Audemars Piguet has a strong inspiration to be revealed during the Geneva SIHH. It is the 25th anniversary of the Royal Oak Offshore. The Royal Oak became one of the icons of modern watchmaking. Distinctive and highly qualitative, it signs with golden letters the reputation and the style of the brand. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak range, timeless and iconic For over a century, Audemars P...

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  • 10 Exclusive Luxury Watches for Women Worth Buying
    10 Exclusive Luxury Watches for Women Worth Buying

    Many women have a craze of wearing a classy watch on their left or right hand. An awesome looking watch is a unique way for women to complement their apparel, adding style, class, and grace to their appearance. An attractive watch expresses a woman’s bold personality, at the same time highlighting her inner beauty and femininity. Let’s explore the top luxury watches for women that they can ...

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  • SIHH 2018 – New brands, new configuration… new year!
    SIHH 2018 – New brands, new configuration… new year!

    In two month time, the 28th edition of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) will open its doors. Last year there was already big changes, especially with the open day to the public. In 2018, the luxury watch trade show will pursuit its development in welcoming new brands, some of them moving from Basel (the other fair) to Geneva. Here is what we know so far. SIHH 2018, new bran...

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  • Pre-SIHH 2018: Hermes Arceau Chrono Titane
    Pre-SIHH 2018: Hermes Arceau Chrono Titane

    The 2018 edition of SIHH will be very interesting as there are big positive changes. New brands are joining and one of them is Hermès. After several years in Basel, Hermès has decided to join Geneva and the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. We welcome Hermes and are thrilled to share here a first hint of what is coming in January. The first open window to what Hermès will reveal at...

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  • The Pilot’s Watch: A Watch with a Rich History
    The Pilot’s Watch: A Watch with a Rich History

    Reading Time: 2 minutesSince its inception in 1904, the pilot’s watch has been a staple accessory for aviators everywhere.  The watch was conceived by French designer Louis Cartier.  He created the watch for his friend Alberto Santos-Dumont, a keen aviator, after listening to him complain about how difficult it was to remove a pocket watch while flying a plane.  Cartier decided to help his...

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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 lacqu...

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  • Single-hand watches, less is more.
    Single-hand watches, less is more.

    Reading Time: 7 minutesIn Watchmaking, time is a serious matter. Hours, minutes and seconds are the pulse of a watch heartbeat. And time never stop. Despite the fact this might sound incredibly strict, some watchmakers brought a different way to measure time thanks to single-handed watches. Single… What? A watch hands are the reason why we look to our watch In watchmaking one key component ar...

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  • Baselworld 2017 – 5 great watches you need to know.
    Baselworld 2017 – 5 great watches you need to know.

    Reading Time: 4 minutesWith Baselworld 2017 starting, all the Swiss watchmaking industry will be celebrating the best creative minds and extraordinary watches. 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 fo...

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

    Reading Time: 10 minutesThe 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 g...

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