Manufacture

We visit both traditional watch manufactures as well as young, aspiring, independent watchmakers and their ateliers.
Four old dials saved in an old box found in the Zenith manufacture
A Journey Through The Zenith Manufacture in Le Locle

Anyone who leaves school at the age of 9 is either clearly not suited to academia, or has already realised what their calling is. George Favre-Bulle must have been a visionary even as a child, because he had bigger plans…

The farm and Atelier from Greubel Forsey during the afternoon
Sculptors of Time: Greubel Forsey Atelier

Back in 2004, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey founded the Greubel Forsey watch brand. In 2007, the two watchmakers bought an old 17th-century farmhouse and converted it into an atelier, where they now combine traditional craftsmanship with modern Haute Horlogerie…

Jaquet Droz Manufacture
Jaquet Droz Manufacture – Where Birds Never Stop Singing

Christian Lattmann already waits in the manufacture’s entrance as we arrive in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The brand’s CEO welcomes us in such a heartfelt way, as if we had been long-time friends of the Maison. It all feels so familiar, not…

Audemars Piguet Code 11 59 Cover
The Complex Case Of CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet

The case of the newest collection CODE 11.59 by Audemars Piguet has a complex architecture which required the use of dedicated tools and sophisticated hand finishing techniques. It has an octagonal middle case with a round extra-thin bezel and stylised arched lugs.…

Parmigiani Fleurier dial sample
Parmigiani Fleurier – From Restoration To Haute Horlogerie Manufacture

Once, the small village of Fleurier in the Swiss canton of Neuchâtel has been an important place for watch making. But in the 1970s the quartz crisis had a major impact on the watch industry in Fleurier. At that time…

breguet manufacture
Breguet Manufacture – About High-Tech Robots And Gentle Hands In The Heart Of Watchmaking

Time seems to stand still in ‘Vallée de Joux’, the high Jura valley of Vaud. The idyllic villages around the lake ‘Lac de Joux’ mainly live from dairy and their cheese. And watchmaking. From village to village on the eastside…

Jaeger LeCoultre Complicated Watches
Jaeger-LeCoultre – Atelier Des Métiers Rares

Antoine LeCoultre, who later put the foundation stone of the manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre, has already in young years been a restless inventor. His pioneering spirit created – next to numerous other patents – a Millionmeter in 1844 and the first rocking…

carl f bucherer manufacture assembling movements
A visit at the Carl F. Bucherer Manufacture

The village Lengnau, which is located at the foot of the Jura Mountains in the canton of Bern and its population of just 5’500 is not very spectacular. However it is an important junction for the watch production. Something that…

armin strom inside the manufacture
​The architect of his own fortune – the Armin Strom manufacture

The watch brand Armin Strom puts a lot of attention to the visibility of the movement as it is the driving engine and highly complex mechanism that keeps the watch running. Therefore they specialized in skeletonized movement designs to bring…

akrivia workshop tourbillon watches
​The AkriviA Atelier

Maybe the founder of the AkriviA can be called the ‘enfant terrible’ of the watch industry, but in a positive, eccentric way. We have already introduced the brand and master watchmaker Rexhep Rexhepi. He created an atelier that not too many people know…

Another gold OMEGA Speedmaster with a co-axial master chronometer
Always on Time with OMEGA’s Master Chronometer

The masterminds behind OMEGA strive to be ahead everyone else. A milestone and watch for which the brand is probably most remembered by is the OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch, which was the first watch they shot to the moon in…

Interior building of Panerai manufacture from another perspective
The Panerai Manufacture Headquarter – A hot spot in the unspoiled landscape

A few weeks back we were kindly invited to discover the new Panerai manufacture headquarter which is idyllically located in the mountains just above a lake near Neuchâtel, the heart of the world of fine watchmaking. It’s equipped with incredible…