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Aaron Becsei: ‘It’s a completely different story comparing to mass production’
9 Jul 2019
Aaron Becsei: ‘It’s a completely different story comparing to mass production’
The Hungary-based independent watchmaker shares his vision of the craft in an exclusive WatchJ interview. And if you’re after some stunning finishings, bespoke pieces, and very distinctive exteriors, you’d better start paying attention.
Rexhep Rexhepi: ‘Symmetry represents harmony’
16 Jan 2019
Rexhep Rexhepi: ‘Symmetry represents harmony’
Rexhep Rexhepi of Akrivia, the winner of GPHG 2018 in the Men’s category, talks the new product line, his love for traditional techniques and complications, and ‘one watch – one watchmaker’ philosophy.
Vianney Halter: 'The real value is to be independent'
6 Dec 2018
Vianney Halter: 'The real value is to be independent'
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.
Producing movements and running your own brand are two different professions
29 Nov 2018
Producing movements and running your own brand are two different professions
Seven-time GPHG award winner and the mastermind behind the Agenhor manufacture Jean-Marc Wiederrecht plays the essential part in modern industry staying mostly under-the-radar. His movements are the secret weapon for several big brands and his recent chronograph seems to be one of the major horological inventions of the year.
Giulio Papi: 'Creative decisions are taken by the market'
27 Nov 2018
Giulio Papi: 'Creative decisions are taken by the market'
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’.
Andreas Strehler: 'Who said the movement is the most important part?'
6 Nov 2018
Andreas Strehler: 'Who said the movement is the most important part?'
Even if you don’t really follow the independents we’d bet the name of Andreas Strehler sounds quite familiar. The creator of a moon phase precise for two million years and one of the greatest Opuses for Harry Winston appears to be the most pleasant and open-hearted speaker in whole Switzerland. Can you imagine a master watchmaker talking about the importance of a proper strap? Well, now you can.
Arnaud Nicolas: ‘L’Epée DNA doesn't come in a form of hands, dial or numerals’
22 Oct 2018
Arnaud Nicolas: ‘L’Epée DNA doesn't come in a form of hands, dial or numerals’
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.
Laurent Ferrier: ‘I didn’t use a watch while driving’
17 Oct 2018
Laurent Ferrier: ‘I didn’t use a watch while driving’
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.
Antoine Preziuso: 'Stay innovative in everything you do'
22 Aug 2017
Antoine Preziuso: 'Stay innovative in everything you do'
Antoine Preziuso always chose a path of his own. A patriarch to a dynasty of artisans he came a long way from a promising watch restoration expert to the creator of some finest tourbillons in the business.
Richard Mille: 'There's always a market for a high-end luxury'
21 Aug 2017
Richard Mille: 'There's always a market for a high-end luxury'
The one and only Richard Mille talks courage, new challenges and his hate for gimmicks.
ArtyA's Ivan Arpa: 'I hate every kind of routine'
27 Jul 2017
ArtyA's Ivan Arpa: 'I hate every kind of routine'
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.
François-Paul Journe: 'A small manufacture gives me more freedom'
6 Jun 2017
François-Paul Journe: 'A small manufacture gives me more freedom'
A prominent watchmaker, a guru of independence and the keeper of horological legacy – François-Paul Journe’s place among the industry greats is undeniable. His timepieces are pure class and his thoughts always worth checking out. This time he talks modern technology, the goal behind his inventions, and the devaluation of the Swiss Made mark.