L’Epée is well known in the watch world for its marvelous kinetic sculptures and table clocks as well as collaborations with some of the greatest independent watchmakers of our time. We’ve had a pleasant chat with Arnaud Nicolas, CEO of the brand about advantages of limited production, pluses and minuses of dealing with clocks instead of watches, and of course people who are ready to buy a super-expensive kinetic sculpture in a form of a spider or a hot air balloon.
Choosing ceramics as the prime material for a watch rarely bring you to a breaking-news territory. Ceramic cases, bezels, dials or whatever have been around for quite a while. And yet there is hardly any technique or material in the industry that generates so much controversy, mysticism and blurred knowledge from the owner’s point of view. Let's break some false stereotypes and highlight the facts.
It’s hard not to use the word ‘legend’ when talking about Laurent Ferrier. The man behind the eponymous brand and the former technical director at Patek Philippe certainly knows a thing or two about watches. His racing career also looks quite astonishing and includes the 3-rd place at 24 Hours of Le Mans. You know, that very year when Paul Newman has finished the second.
In the watchmaking world, few things are appreciated more than century-long traditions. And while not all trademarks succeed in operating through centuries, some of the vanished ones do return with a fanfare. This time we’ll talk of the British horologist George Graham (1673-1751) and the modern eponymous brand.