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Concept watch winders from Robin Decollogny

Robin Decollogny watch winder

Last year we received an email from Robin Decollogny from Switzerland who wrote us he was making a concept watch winder. He sent us a description of his ideas, design and use of materials. Now his first prototype is ready and it looks stunning. 

Robins background is in watch making with restoration as focus. He continued his education as watch designer and in 2 years he acquired a good knowlegde of marketing, designing and prototyping. He learned that the focus should be on the details, as details often make or brake a watch winder.

Robin was surprised that many watch collectors store and wind their watches in a cheap watch winder with Chinese motor. Why would you wind your Swiss made watch in such a watch winder? It's a good question. Therefore he started prototyping to create an unique and beautiful watch winder suitable for the best automatic watches. A collectors item. 

Robin Decollogny watch winder cup

The inspiration in this sculpture watch winder comes mainly from watchmaking, car mechanics, as well as various sculptors and other science fiction films. Robin find some details inspired by car rims, motorcycle belt, industrial pulley, watchmaking mechanics. The size of this sculpture is made to voluntarily furnish, animate large rooms as well as highlight a part of its collection of watches.

The watch winder is still a prototype but the model that will be put into production will be very similar to perfect finishing. This watch winder will be available for sale from 2019, but only in very limited series because all the sculptures will be made by Robin himself. Like 6-10 maximum/per year. The price will be between 13.000 and 17.000 CHF. 

Other smaller and more accessible watch winder will be presented within a few months. With the same inspirations but with only 3 watches holder. The price of this smaller model will be around 2.000 CHF. 

We are looking forward to see the final result. Our compliment for what you achieved already. It looks very promising and we keep following you Robin. 

Robin Decollogny watch winder belt

12 apr2018

Watch winders at Baselworld 2018

Bernard Favre

Baselworld 2018 was a good moment to visit several watch winder brands which were present during this largest watch fair in the world. We visit this fair every year to meet the people behind the brands and learn more about their innovations, ideas and vision on the world of watch winders. This year we met with the brands Bernard Favre, Heisse & Söhne, RDI, Swiss Kubik and Chronovision. These brands were the most important brands on the fair. 

Bernard Favre did present us his latest ideas and prototypes. The watch winders of Bernard Favre do stand for absolute quality, design and an unique way of winding an automatic watch. The range of Planet watch winders will be extended with new colours and materials. As every year the watch winders of this Swiss brand do attract a lot of attention of the visitors of the fair. It's nice to see that mr. Bernard Favre is a very intelligent person who wants the best for his watch winders and therefore for the consumer. We are happy to see the new models coming available soon.

The Swiss based company RDI is relatively unknown but a great promise for the watch winder business. This company combines Swiss perfection with interesting designs. We met RDI outside the fair in their new head office in the south of Switzerland between the lakes and mountains. A welcome which couldn't be more impressive. We took a look at the production facility and were impressed by the professionalism, beautiful materials and craftmanschip. RDI is a brand like no other. Perfection is the best term to describe and we are sure we will hear much more about this great brand. 

We all know the idea behind Swiss Kubik; Swiss technique in a compact design. The advantage is the great battery lifetime and the possibility to store the watch winder in a safe. You can also take it with you during a travel. Swiss Kubik did present several new styles and colours at Baselworld 2018, which we will see soon in stores and online shops. 

The German watch winder brand Chronovision (also owner of Heisse & Söhne) had a great looking booth with many of their bigger watch winders, which are not just a watch winder but an unique piece of art. The Chronovision watch winders are also compact and have a 2-3 year battery lifetime which is perfect. They wind any automatic watch regardless brand or type. This year we can expect more and more new Chronovision watch winders which will be perfect looking and a pleasure for your eyes. 

Baselworld 2018 was a success for all watch winder brands. We love to see you again next year. 

1 apr2018

The beautiful watch winders of Bernard Favre

Switzerland is the country specialized in producing high end watches. Therefore it's quite logical that also high end watch winder brands produce their luxury accessory to wind automatic watches in this beautiful country. A few brands are worldwide famous like Swiss Kubik, RDI and Bernard Favre. This last brand offers probably the most exciting way of winding a watch. The first time we saw the Bernard Favre Planet watch winders we were amazed. This Swiss brand manages to combine absolute top quality with a very original method of winding. It's not only a watch winder, it's a piece of art. You can look hours to the beautiful motion, which is also functional as it supplies energy to your watch. With different programs in terms of rotation direction and TPD (turns per day) each Bernard Favre Planet watch winder is suitable to wind any watch, regardless brand or model. 

Bernard Favre Planet watch winders

Soon we will visit Baselworld and check all novelties of Bernard Favre and discuss the bright future that his watch winder brand has. We are looking forward to it and keep you posted. 

Bernard Favre Planet watch winders are available worldwide. Check the official brand homepage or visit Watchwinders.com 

10 mar2018