IWC Schaffhausen

IWC Schaffhausen and the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation (FASEJ) celebrate the Foundation’s 10th anniversary with a “10 years, 10 days” exhibition from 10th–20th June in Paris. The highlight of the exhibition is a preview of a unique Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince”, which will be auctioned online by Sotheby’s between 8th and 17th July. IWC will donate its proceeds from the sale to the Foundation, continuing to support the charitable organisation’s educational programmes for young people.

Established in 2009, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry The perpetual calendar, designed in the early 1980s

Youth Foundation (FASEJ) works to preserve the humanist values of the famous French pilot and author. IWC begun a collaboration with the heirs of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in 2006 and became a partner to FASEJ on its inception in 2009. To celebrate their successful partnership, IWC and FASEJ are organising a “10 years, 10 days” event in Paris, including an exhibition at the IWC boutique on Rue de la Paix from 10th–20th June, as well as an exclusive cocktail reception. The special exhibition features a carefully curated selection of historic artefacts and original photographs, and also honours the foundation’s vital work in various countries around the world over the last decade.

A particular highlight of the exhibition will be a Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Edition “Le Petit Prince” (Ref. IW392202) in 18-carat 5N gold. Featuring a spectacular midnight blue dial, this special edition is limited to 250 pieces worldwide. The auction lot itself is the piece 10 out of 250 with a beige luminescent index at 10 o’clock in celebration of the foundation’s 10th anniversary. Watch lovers around the world will be able to place bids on the unique timepiece honouring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s most famous literary work, “The Little Prince”, from 8th–17th July.

IWC Schaffhausen

by Kurt Klaus, contains more than 80 individual parts. Its mechanical program automatically recognises the differing lengths of the months and the watch even adds a leap day to the end of February every four years. Its smart mechanism will require no manual adjustment until 2100. The date, day, month, moon phase and year displays are perfectly synchronised and can be reset by simply turning the crown. The IWC-manufactured 89630 calibre combines this iconic complication with a chronograph function. The calendar’s moon phase display has been integrated with the chronograph totaliser at 12 o’clock.

IWC Schaffhausen

The timepiece will be offered within Sotheby’s Watches Online sale, open for bidding exclusively online from 8th–17th July. A “The Little Prince – Tactile Art Book, Claude Garrandes edition” with drawings in relief and texts in English, French and Braille and signed by François d’Agay, President of the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation and Dr Claude Garrandes will accompany the timepiece. For further information and to bid in the sale visit www.sothebys.com/watchesjuly.

Hublot

The Hublot boutique in Casablanca has been redesigned in line with the brand’s new architectural concept inspired by the Art of Fusion, combining luxury with modernity, innovation with tradition, and now invites its customers to a more welcoming space.

To mar k this occasion, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, and David Tedeschi, Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean and the Middle East & Africa, joined Kamal Sefrioui, Chairman and CEO of Mystère, partners of the brand in Morocco, in welcoming customers, watch collectors and members of the press at the boutique. An exclusive timepiece, the Classic Fusion 42 mm “Morocco” Special Edition, has been created on this occasion in honour of Morocco.

“We are delighted to have a Hublot boutique in Casablanca. This new space perfectly reflects our brand codes. We are confident that our customers in Morocco will be enchanted by this limited edition timepiece.”
Ricardo Guadalupe
            CEO of HUBLOT

“Morocco has a rich history and culture; we wanted to pay tribute to the country with this special edition. We look forward to seeing the watch on the wrists of Hublot fans who have greatly supported the brand in the country.”
David Tedeschi
           Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean and the Middle East & Africa

The boutique, located on Aïn HarroudaAvenue, wasinauguratedduringan official ceremony onJune18; guests had the opportunity to discover theboutique’s exceptional new interior, createdthroughafusion of materials including glass, marble, metal, wood and leather. Large Pop Art paintings inspiredby iconic models from the watch Manufacture give anod to the world of art.

The Classic Fusion 42mmSpecial Edition“Morocco” isinspired by the Moroccan national flag. Thiswatch, with its titanium case and 18KKing Goldbezel, has a sport-luxelook while remaining classic.The timepiece is dotted withsubtle references in the colours of the Moroccan flag;the dial has a redand green seconds hand, and the case back crystal features atracingof the flag’s iconic greenpentagram on a red background.

This limited edition of 25 pieces has been created to mark this occasion and will be available tocustomers of Hublot and Mystère in Morocco.

www.hublot.com

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Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2019

On the wrist or on the water at the Bol d’Or Mirabaud (BOM), Hublot is poised to keep track of the new records set at the 81st edition of the world’s largest regatta on an inland lake. This competition is famously difficult, owing to the lake itself and the variety of winds experienced on it, turning its waters from navy blue to steel grey. These two colours feature on the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2019, in recognition that the Bol d’Or, like Hublot, is an icon of Swissness. It is an example of innovation, and a symbol of performance and passion.

The winds on Lake Geneva are unpredictable. From a gentle breeze to high winds, Lake Geneva is known for its thermals which can change dramatically in the course of a day’s racing, spanning all four seasons in one day. Considered to be the most important race in international sailing, the Bol d’O Mirabaud attracts experienced sailors and amateurs alike. In addition, the race brings together multihulls (D35,M2, Easy to Fly, etc.) monohulls, monotypes and prototypes, all driven by this same passion for water and limit-testing. Not only is it a game of patience and strategy, but the Bol d’Or Mirabaud is also the most complicated regatta of the year to win. It is a race which has become iconic.

Like an innovation lab, the race is a test which sees new sailboats tackle the waters of Lake Geneva each year. In tribute to this powerful and unpredictable lake, Hublot has combined shades of blue which are part of the Bol d’Or’s history and its fascination. This watch, made from titanium, features an elegant colourway of navy blue and steel grey. TheClassic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2019isthe fusion of elegance and power.

This self-winding chronograph is a Swiss watch designed using innovative technologies. Measuring 45 mm in diameter and powered by the HUB 1143 movement, it offers a 42-hour power reserve–long enough to finish the race even with no wind (the slowest time on record is 31 hours and 54 minutes). It features a grey dial with sun ray satin-finish and two blue chronograph counters, which are circular-grained satin-finished, at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. It is paired with a blue rubber strap incorporating grey technical fabric with blue stitching.

Available as a limited edition of 81 pieces, the Classic Fusion Chronograph Bol d’Or Mirabaud 2019 has been gifted to the winners of the Bol d’Or Challenge, the Bol de Vermeil and the ACVL-SRS Trophy: Ladycat Powered by Spindrift Racing, Rafficaet Modulo 93 Matière Grise.

26 – The number of boats that competed in the first regatta in 1939.
81 – The total of numbered Classic Fusion Chronograph “Bold’Or Mirabaud 2019″pieces in this limited edition, marking the 81st Bol d’Or race which will be held on 14-16 June 2019.
125 – The distance, in kilometres, covered by the boats crossing Lake Geneva, from Geneva to LeBouveret and back, making the race the world’s biggest regatta on an inland lake!
500 – The number of sailboats competing on the waters.
2013 – The year that marks Hublot’s appointment as official timekeeper.

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TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER
TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

Jaquet Droz will only manufacture one copy of this exquisite creation at its Ateliers d’Art. The height of luxury in a singular piece.

An original work of art that embodies Jaquet Droz‘s cherished Philosophy of the Unique. The brand gave its Ateliers d’Art and watchmakers full artistic license for this latest Tropical Bird Repeater. The finished product is an incredibly refined new animated timepiece that is heavily influenced by the company’s naturalist legacy without abandoning any of its contemporary artistry. The piece is covered in mother-of-pearl that softly shimmers with pink and a watch dial in full pavé baguette-cut diamond, each one in its own invisible setting. The numerus clausus 01/01 creation is designed for the experienced collector seeking the ultimate in exclusive luxury.

TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

A closer look reveals a tone-on-tone nature scene with an animated hummingbird in motion against an entirely hand-crafted tropical backdrop. The hand-engraved mother-of-pearl dial is used as a canvas to depict a lush wilderness with frolicking peacock, toucan, dragonfly, and hummingbird. In a first for watchmaking, the exclusive animation of the hummingbird flutters its wings 40 times per second. It’s a surprisingly rapid pace, not to mention a serious challenge for the Jaquet Droz watchmakers, who were determined to replicate the hummingbird’s distinctive high-speed wing movements as faithfully as possible.
The peacock to its right fans out then folds up its tail and at 3:00 the toucan pops out from behind the leaves of a Monstera deliciosa plant and opens its beak. At 9:00, three graceful dragonflies dance through the air only adding to the magic at all hours of the day their tiny wings are painted with Super-LumiNova that glows in the dark. There is a total of seven animations that can last over 12 seconds and are capable of up to four different scenarios.

The hummingbird and foliage elements are applied to the dial. This placement puts them in relief for an incredibly realistic effect as if they were actually coming out of the dial. The Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art individually engraved and painted each of these elements by hand. They make a background fresco come alive with a river flowing beneath a waterfall sustaining the lush tropical flora.

TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

This is also the first Tropical Bird Repeater designed with a dial featuring 180 baguette-cut diamonds (total 1.8 carats) that are invisibly set in the center. It glows like a life-giving sun shining in the middle of the naturalist fresco, giving it unique radiance. The red gold minute and hour hands orbiting the sun tie in perfectly with the 47 mm case that is also made of red gold and whose horns side and case middle have been hand-engraved in the Ateliers d’Art. The Jaquet Droz artisans also set the lugs with an unprecedented 36 baguette-cut diamonds (total 2.76 carats).

TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

The only one of its kind in Fine Watchmaking, this animated composition includes a grand watchmaking complication: the minute repeater. It can be set to mark the hour, quarter hour and minute with vibrating chimes set off by hammers inside the case. There are only a handful of brands fortunate enough to use this complex mechanism, which is triggered by a lock on the side of the case. Its Jaquet Droz RMA89 movement is equipped with a virtually silent wheeled regulator. The speed of the minute repeater is regulated by strokes of small leaf springs on the outside. Some of the other innovations in the complication include new rack springs, an extended pause between the quarter-hours and minutes, and a major third to ring on the quarter hour. This piece has an impressive 50-hour power reserve so time and again its collector can experience the magic of the Philosophy of the Unique, a philosophy that Jaquet Droz has been upholding each and every day for 280 years.

TROPICAL BIRD REPEATER

The illustrious reputation of the Rolex Giraglia has been sculpted by the passion and persistent pursuit of excellence of those who take part together with the dedication and purposeful collaboration of the event’s established partners. The 2019 edition, the 67th uninterrupted annual running since 1953, provided a resounding demonstration of why the event has endured. Rolex, a supporter of yachting since the 1950s, has been a close and committed partner of the event since 1998.

 

 

Memorable moments
A total of 297 international yachts, and nearly 3,000 sailors, took part across the weeklong competition. Sporting highlights included the three days of inshore racing off Saint-Tropez and the 241 nautical mile offshore race to Monaco. Very few sailing events command such large participation nor comprise such a diverse programme, uniting intense competition, majestic locations and convivial social events. Rolex’s longstanding relationship with the sport includes enduring partnerships with individuals and organizations who set the highest standards. The organizers of the Rolex Giraglia – the Yacht Club Italiano and the Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez – together with hosts of the 2019 finish, the Yacht Club de Monaco, fit emphatically within this criterion.

 

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U50-Black-edition

After entering the scene as a diver’s watch like no other, the Angelus U50 Diver Tourbillon returns in a bold black limited edition.

The U50 Diver Tourbillon Black Edition stands out with its uniquely structured manufacture skeleton movement and dark tones. While conceived with all the properties sought in a diver’s watch, the U50 Diver Tourbillon is high-performance timepiece. With its stealthy black silhouette, this limited edition blends into any situation.

Crafted in a 46mm-wide lightweight yet robust titanium case with a black DLC treatment all over, the U50 Diver Tourbillon features two large screw-down crowns. The two-position crown at 4 o’clock is used for winding and setting the time, while the crown at 2 o’clock is used to rotate the unidirectional 60-minute rotating bezel.

Opposite, at the 9 o’clock position, a helium escape valve is there to ensure the watch’s water resistance of 300 meters (1,000 feet), even during saturation diving so the helium molecules could not make their way into the case under pressure.

Instead of a solid dial, the U50 Diver Tourbillon features an open face with a dark but legible hours’ ring in grey, as well as white Super-Luminova on the indexes. Matching the dial, the hours, minutes and seconds’ hands are black plated and filled with Super-Luminova. Both face and case back crystals are made of antireflective sapphire.

The result of years of intensive R&D by Angelus’ engineers and watchmakers, the U50 Diver Tourbillon’s A-300 mechanical hand-wound caliber is designed as a skeleton from the ground up rather than simply being a cut-out version of an existing movement.

Much reduced in weight, it has maximum rigidity from its beam-type bridges and the fact that all the movement’s main elements, such as the wheels and barrel, are firmly secured between two plates. This design replaces the conventional main plate and bridges construction and massively increases the mechanical resistance of the movement.

Furthermore, the watch’s rigidity is enhanced by the Angelus in-house six-spoke design, which reinforces the wheel train and protects the skeletonized ratchet and barrel. Finally, the movement is entirely manufactured in-house.

With its core functions – hours, minutes, small seconds – the A-300 caliber has a 55-hour power reserve. The 4 Hz / 28,800 vph frequency is a guarantee for precision. Even though the caliber is intended as a high-performance, it has painstakingly executed with snailed black DLC coating and chamfered edges, matching the blacked-out allure of the U50 Diver Tourbillon Black Edition.

The U50 Diver Tourbillon Black Edition comes on a black rubber strap bearing the Angelus logo, with a Bback DLC titanium pin buckle, completing the look of this 25-piece limited edition diver’s watch.

U50 Diver Tourbillon Black Edition – Technical Specifications

Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds and unidirectional rotatable 60-minute indicator
Movement Calibre A-300, mechanical hand-wound, one-minute flying tourbillon
Jewels 23
Diameter 32.80 mm
Height 4.30 mm
Power reserve 55 hours
Frequency 4 Hz / 28,800 vph
Decoration Black DLC coated, snailed and chamfered plates and bridges, wheels with Angelus six-spoke design, mirror-polished tourbillon cage with chamfered and polished edges, balance wheel black treated
Dial Openwork with grey chapter ring. Indexes, Arabic numbers and hands filled with Super-Luminova
Case Material Grade 5 titanium, black DLC coated
Diameter 46.00 mm
Thickness 12.47 mm
Crowns Screwed and engraved with Angelus logo
Crystal Box shaped sapphire with anti-reflection coating both sides
Back Sapphire
Water resistance 300 m / 1,000 ft
Strap Material Black rubber embossed with Angelus logo
Buckle Pin, grade 5 titanium, black DLC coated
Limited edition 25 pieces
Reference number 0TDNT.D01A.K008T
World retail price CHF 30’750 without taxes (prices can be subject to change)

www.angelus-watches.com

Women’s World Cup France 2019TM

From 7 June to 7 July, France hosts one month of competition, 52 matches and 24 teams, all battling it out in 9 stadiums around the country. One year after the French men’s team secured victory, football is attracting increasing numbers of female spectators. Similarly, the 8th FIFA Women’s World CupTM will certainly draw in many new supporters.

The semi-finals are set to take place on 2 and 3 July, with the final on 7 July in Lyon. As the Official Timekeeper of the 2019 edition of the tournament, Hublot is showing its support for women’s football. The ambitious watch manufacturer demonstrates its conviction and enthusiasm for women’s football, despite the sport having existed for some one hundred years.

Since the French men’s team won in Russia, the number of female French Football Federation members has risen by 15%, an incredible amount in less than a year.

We are enthusiastically supporting the sport because we share fundamental values.

To dare is often to believe in future successes.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is set to change the image of solely male fans. It will certainly attract women to the terraces and, who knows, perhaps result in future players just as talented as our professional footballer friends.

Ricardo Guadalupe

CEO of HUBLOT

 

https://www.hublot.com/en/

The 20th Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille departed on 1 June for five days of blacktop adventure that wound through all the splendours of the French countryside. A full 1,700 kilometres of pure pleasure for an exceptional event that has become a not-to-be missed gathering of Ladies’ motor racing.

A triumphal ovation awaited the 200 Princesses as the last mechanical roars were heard.

« We could not have imagined a more wonderful week with which to celebrate the 20th year of the Rallye des Princesses Richard Mille. The weather was just perfect, the race was tight up to the finish line, and we have two magnificent winners who perfectly embody what this sporting challenge is all about. It’s a rally for women that has nothing to envy the most famous of men’s events ! » confided Viviane Zaniroli, the rally’s organiser.

https://www.richardmille.com/

++WINNING RYDER CUP TEAM EUROPE CAPTAIN THOMAS BJØRN, AUSTRALIAN TENNIS LEGEND MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS AND OLYMPIC TRIALTHALON GOLD MEDALIST EMMA SNOWSILL CONFIRMED AS HOSTS++

++STAR LINE-UP FOR CHARITY CELEBRITY SPORTING EVENT IN SARDINIA TO CELEBRATE LA DOLCE VITA, SPORT AND STYLE++

 

The Costa Smeralda Invitational 2019 is set to take place from 14th to 16th  of June on the sunny Italian island of Sardinia. A plethora of stars from across the world of sports, entertainment and business are set to descend on the magical coastline of Costa Smeralda to participate in the fifth edition of the event, raising money for two official charities: Rays of Sunshine and Dynamo Camp.

 

The exciting guest list of celebrities attending include winning Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain and golf host Thomas Bjørn, Australian legend and tennis host Mark Philippoussis, former Olympic triathlon gold medalist and bike/hike/swim host Emma Snowsill, renowned fashion designer and waterskiing host Melissa Odabash, Chelsea football legends Ruud Gullit, Gianfranco Zola, Roberto Di Matteo, Carlo Cudicini and Asmir Begovic, professional footballers Gabriel Batistuta, Hasan Salihamidžić, Mirko Vucinic and Ronald De Boer, Welsh and Scottish rugby stars Mike Phillips and Max and Thom Evans, Italian sports presenter and TV host Federica Fontana, British entertainment stars Denise van Outen, Kimberly Walsh, Nicola  Roberts,  Jenni  Falconer  and Jamie  Theakston  and  former  Wham!  member  and  entertainment  legend  Andrew Ridgeley.

 

This year’s highly anticipated event will feature a coaching clinic and celebrity golf tournament by recent Ryder Cup Team Europe Captain Thomas Bjørn, held at the beautiful Pevero Golf Club. The Danish golfer will host an exclusive clinic before the event and invite guests to ‘Beat the Pro’ on the stunning 10th  hole. The weekend will also include tennis, cycling, swimming, hiking and water-skiing activities.

 

The tennis hosted by Australian superstar Mark Philippouss will take place at the Cervo Tennis Club. Known for having one of the fastest serves in the game, Mark will lead a coaching session followed by a doubles tournament.  Olympic triathlon gold medalist, Commonwealth and triple World Champion Emma Snowsill will lead a cycling tour followed by a swim and hike  along  the  scenic  coastline  of  Sardinia.  Renowned  fashion  designer  Melissa  Odabash  is set  to host  and  judge  a waterskiing competition at Hotel Cala di Volpe.

 

The events grand finale will see the guests celebrate their time at the Charity Gala Dinner, held at the renowned Hotel Cala di Volpe. The evening will include a live, exclusive performance by Italian showbiz star Giulia Sol and a charity auction that aims to raise money for the official event charities, Rays of Sunshine and Dynamo Camp. Award winning magician and entertainer Marvin Berglas is also set to dazzle guests with a host of innovative magic performances.

 

The Costa Smeralda Invitational is a unique celebration of La Dolce Vita, sport and style for charity. Set against a backdrop of  one  of  the  world’s  most  beautiful  landscapes,  celebrities  meet  world  business  leaders  and  VIP  guests  for  two unforgettable days of five-star sport, entertainment and hospitality.

 

The Costa Smeralda Invitational would not be possible without the support of its official partners, venues & suppliers :

EVO Motorsport

Hotel Cala di Volpe

Hotel Romazzino

Hotel Pitrizzia

Cervo Hotel

Pevero Golf Club

Cervo Tennis Club

Marriott International

Santa Margherita Wines

Davidoff Cigars

FORST

Melissa Odabash

Orciani

My Style Bags

La Pasqualina

Acqua Smeraldina

AirDPStyle

 

Follow the highlights from the Costa Smeralda Invitational on Twitter + Facebook + Instagram

 

Twitter: CSInvitational

Facebook: Costa Smeralda Invitational

Instagram: CSInvitational

 

https://www.costasmeraldainvitational.com/

World Ocean Day

Blancpain is convinced that public awareness is vital to achieve its goals of preserving and protecting the world’s oceans. In continuation of the important role played by the Fifty Fathoms watch in the history of diving, the Manufacture collaborates with Editor Dietmar W. Fuchs, and invites renowned photographers to share the wonders of the underwater world. The result, Edition Fifty Fathoms, is an annual limited-edition publication launched in 2008 which presents four underwater photography portfolios. Forty photographers have already published their work, starting with the patriarch of underwater photography, Ernest H. Brooks II, who notably uses light and shadow to display his passion and creativity. In recognition of his valuable participation in this project, Blancpain has decided to dedicate the 2018 Anniversary issue of Edition Fifty Fathoms to black & white photography.

www.blancpain.com

World Ocean Summit 2019

The sixth World Ocean Summit took place from March 5th to 7th, in Abu Dhabi, with Blancpain as its Founding Supporter. The overarching theme for this year was Building Bridges. Key topics included: the similarities and differences between the ocean and land economies; financial opportunities in the blue economy; improving investment structures for ocean finances; cities and their role in innovation; the role of ports and the shipping industry; sustainable coastal tourism; blue carbon systems, illegal activity and piracy.

www.blancpain.com

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant’s Brand new manufacture

On the beautiful sunny day of Wednesday, the 5th if June 2019, was the grand opening of Frederique Constant’s brand new Manufacture in Plans-les-Ouats Geneva, Switzerland. A day to remember filled with joy, high spirits and wonderfull Swiss luxury timepieces.

Cocktail reception

The reception was organized right in front Frederique Constant’s brand new Manufacture, with a yacht feel to it, the cocktail reception was a gathering of VIP’s, international press, employees and many other distinguished guests. The layout was ever so tastefully arranged with a minibus bar, serving mouthwatering beverage where guests warmly mingled, chatted, sampled local delicacies under the delightful June sun. The anticipation was palpable as the eagerness to visit first hand the wonders the Frederique Constant brand concocted.

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
The Inaugural speech

The official inauguration speech was opened with high energy by Frederique Constant’s managing director Niels Eggerding, followed by select guest Chairman, Citizen Watch Co Ltd, Toshio Tokura. The two founders of the Frederique Constant brand Aletta Stas-Bax C.O.O and Drs Peter C. Stas CEO. The local politicians was also present to talk about the importance of watchmaking Sandrine Salerno Maire of Geneva and Xavier Magnin Maire of Plan-les-Ouates.

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
The ribbon cutting

Following the inspiring speeches, the press was able to take pictures of the speakers, scissors in hands for the ceremonial opening and traditional ribbon cutting that Officially marked the opening of the new Manufacture.

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Historical milestone

In 2006, the brand first felt the need to enlarge its production facilities and strategically decided to move into a 3,200 m2 building in Plan-les-Ouates, where big players of the Swiss watch industry were settled, becoming a critical geographical spot in Geneva for Swiss made horological production and development manufacturer.

After thirteen years, the group (which includes Frederique Constant, Alpina Watches and Ateliers deMonaco), was running out of space due to its rapid growth and high demand from its worldwide markets.

Two years were needed to achieve the construction of an additional 3000 m2 space, bringing the Frederique Constant Group’s headquarters up to 6200 m2, enabling to re-organize the implementation of the different working spaces completely.

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Manufacture Experience

When first entering the brand new Manufacture, the visitors are led down along a corridor leading to the unique in-house Museum called the “Manufacture Experience“. The Museum tells the passionate stories of the three successful brands universes from Frederique Constant, Alpina to Ateliers deMonaco. From sketches to detailed movements presentation and also, more importantly, the collection of timepieces, each of the three brands have produced all along with their fascinating and rich history.

Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
Frederique Constant's Brand new manufacture
The art of watchmaking!

From there on the visitors were led to a spacious and tasteful new cafeteria fully redesigned and refurbished. The visit continued to the first floor where state of the art, production workshop from T1 to T4 will be regrouped, optimizing watchmaking workflow and logistics. Fully equipped with cutting edge technology showcasing the commitment to excellence Frederique Constant group was known for globally. The guided tour ends on the offices of the second house including top management, finance, human resources, marketing, sales and administration departments with a luminous and contemporary design and wide open space with breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

The beginning of a new era!

The tour ends, but it marks the start of a brand new area for Frederique Constant Group. The overall goal is to increase the production capacity from 160,000 to 250,000 watches per year within the next five years.
The modern Manufacture is the result of a life long dream and vision by the two founders and is also proof that with hard labour, a great team, persistence and a desire to serve the end customer with the best product at the most competitive prices, success is not only a dream but a possibility.

Produced by “Alberic Virchaux”