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Nathalie Jean-Louis
Artisan Art Independents

One Stroke at a Time: The Life and Passion of Nathalie Jean-Louis, Hand Beveller and Movement Decorator

Nathalie Jean-Louis likes to do things with utmost precision. Her work — hand beveling and decorating high-end watch movements — but also everything else. She has built her career with a calm yet powerful determination and explains her choices with words as carefully picked as the grit of sandpaper she was applying on a double barrel bridge as I knocked on her door.

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Rolex Industry

The New Rolex History Book the (French-speaking) Watch World Is Talking About

After reviewing several watches, and even a film, I am about to add a third string to my bow of impostures and share my thoughts on a book I just finished. You have been warned and should only keep on reading at your own risk!

At the end of last month, the renowned watch industry historian Pierre-Yves Donzé released a book that immediately made headlines in French-speaking Switzerland, from newspapers to television: La Fabrique de l’excellence, an in-depth historical study of what has made Rolex’s unparalleled success.

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Matthieu Humari, CEO of Watches & Wonders Geneva
Geneva Watch industry

Interview with Matthieu Humair, CEO of the Watches and Wonders Geneva Foundation

Matthieu Humair is normally a busy man, but in the weeks building up to Watches and Wonders Geneva 2024, his schedule is denser than ever. Grateful for his time, I wanted to arrive extra early. But when my smartphone kept telling me I was just meters away and I could see nothing but water, a […]

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Introducing Time Files
Time Files

A New Name for the Same – but different – Blog

If you find the above title confusing, welcome to what it’s been like in my head over the past few months. Hopefully, you’ll find the outcome of my thought process and what’s coming next worthwhile.

As of right now, “Made in Bienne – a watch fan in the city of watchmaking” becomes “Time Files – a watch blog made in Bienne.”  The URL is no longer madeinbienne.ch but timefiles.ch (Don’t worry, it will redirect you as needed). The Instagram handle is also “timefiles.ch,” and for those of you who signed up to the Newsletter, you’ll be receiving it from an @timefiles.ch address in the future. The articles published under the previous blog name will remain fully accessible, under the new domain.

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Bienne Independents Industry

The Daring Swiss Side of Christopher Ward

Watches made in Switzerland by a company established in London is certainly a proven recipe, as Hans Wilsdorf can attest. Once upon a time, England was also where the best watches were produced. While the nation failed to transition to the industrial era of watchmaking, its relevance on the horological scene never fully vanished. The British Watchmakers’ Day held earlier this month illustrates the vibrant mood on the other side of the Channel. Spearheading the movement is the collectors’ affordable sweetheart, Christopher Ward.

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Bienne Design Swatch

From Swatch Intern to Chief Design Officer at On: Interview with Thilo Alex Brunner

When I first came across On shoes, over a decade ago, I was living in Senegal and visiting the Silicon Valley for work. I was immediately struck by the unique futuristic yet comforting looks. I certainly did not expect that, half a dozen pairs later, I would be living in the town where the man behind the iconic Cloud design was born and raised. Even less that I’d be sitting with him, at the now megabrand’s headquarters, talking about watches, shoes and our favorite city, Bienne.

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