As the descendent of a line of watchmakers going back four centuries, Beat Haldimann was bound to conceive his timepieces in the purest horological tradition. His watches and all their constituent parts are made at his workshop in Thun, with not a CNC machine in sight.
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Pure lines and optimal legibility make the new H12 a paragon of classic horology, signed Beat Haldimann.
As any watch fan knows, as from today it's all eyes on Basel. With just hours to go before doors officially open, check out our Baselworld Briefing and ten of the new releases on show at this year's fair, with Armin Strom, Breguet, Bulgari, Chanel, Greubel Forsey, Haldimann, Hublot, HYT, Louis Vuitton and TAG Heuer.
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This year’s Prix Gaïa in the "Craftsmanship-Creation" category has gone to an uncommon watchmaker. From his workshop in Thun, Beat Haldimann makes timepieces that have no equivalent anywhere in the world. Portrait of a man versed in the art and science of watchmaking.