Vianney Halter has a unique way of mixing the classical watch aesthetics with the futuristic vibe. We caught up with the man behind some wildest and coolest designs in the industry to talk his main inspirations, love for music and a long gone supremacy of the Swiss Made trademark.
As a founder of Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi manufacture Giulio Papi has been involved in creation of very complicated movements for a couple of decades now. Chances are you all know his works, as they often appear to be the most talked about timepieces in the industry. And if you bear in mind that quite a few current watchmaking greats have started their careers under his guidance, you’ll probably agree – it is the perfect time to use the otherwise heavily misused word ‘legend’.
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.
Mathematics professor and a practicing martial artist, a seasoned adventurer crossing an exotic country by foot and a fearless madmen diving in the northern icehole. Yvan Arpa’s words are always too passionate and straightforward for a regular Swiss watchmaker.