A whirlwind weekend in Geneva of auction sales, Only Watch and the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has confirmed the rise and rise of independent watchmakers.
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The editors and contributors at FHH Journal share their pick of the watches that caught their eye in 2020.
He has put his name to some five hundred watches in total, and currently produces around twenty a year. Vianney Halter, winner of the 2016 Prix Gaïa, uses mechanical science to further his retro-futuristic vision of watchmaking. The kind that could run on steam!
What do the retro-futuristic timepieces of artisan-watchmaker Vianney Halter, research by historian Roger Smith, one of the foremost authorities on eighteenth-century London watchmaking, and watershed developments in atomic clocks by Giovanni Busca and Pascal Rochat have in common? Answer: the prestigious Prix Gaïa.
For Vianney Halter, in Paris for Belles Montres, the tourbillon is an exercise in style that makes no contribution to precision, but beautifully demonstrates the watchmaker's savoir-faire.
A superb crop of prizes for the eleventh GPHG. Top honours went to De Bethune for its characteristic DB28 with delta-shaped mainplate, silicon balance, moon phases, power reserve and performance indicator. Excellent surprise, Vianney Halter walked away with the Best Watchmaker Prize.
Vianney Halter, founder of Janvier Manufacture, came to this year's Baselworld with no new products but the same deep-seated conviction that watch "creators" should have their say, even if people don't like what they hear. Interview.
The Salon de la Haute Horlogerie in January paved the way. Now Baselworld follows suit as watchmakers lean towards simpler models, competitively-priced collections at entry level, and a heart-to-heart with the past.