julien Coudray 1518

The mission julien Coudray 1518 has assigned itself consists essentially in pursuing watchmaking creativity as it has been handed down over the past five hundred years.

  • About

    About julien Coudray 1518

    julien Coudray 1518 cultivates paradox. The brand identity makes reference to the watchmaker to King Francis I who lived in Blois five hundred years ago. Having been appointed ‘horlogeur' to Louis XII and Francis I, Coudray embodied the very typical alliance of the Renaissance; the marriage between arts and sciences.

    The brand of the same name founded in 2012 seeks to follow on from this heritage. The emerging Firm has been a full-blown Manufacture right from the start, bringing together over 40 different trades working in traditional watchmaking.

    The man behind julien Coudray 1518 is Fabien Lamarche, a talented watchmaker. This renowned expert – in everything from traditional watchmaking to computing via micromechanics – has lent his talent to some of the great names in watchmaking, including Breguet, L. Leroy and Roger Dubuis.

    From the outset, the manufacture has aimed at excellence, with watches made entirely in solid gold or platinum. Drawing inspiration from the Renaissance, its collections reflect the period's freedom of thought, action – and in the creative process.

    Harking back to Francis I, during whose reign many arts were developed, julien Coudray 1518 intends to make a similar impact on the world of watchmaking, following in the footsteps of its great forefathers.

    The values of the julien Coudray 1518 ‘fine watchmaking manufacture' include authenticity, exclusivity, emotion and rarity. Building on the close links between its craftsmen, julien Coudray 1518 also aims to create very special ties with its collectors through its unique, bespoke creations.

  • Philosophy

    julien Coudray 1518's philosophy

    The mission julien Coudray 1518 has assigned itself consists essentially in pursuing watchmaking creativity as it has been handed down over the past five hundred years.

    Based on the work of the greatest names in fine watchmaking, the manufacture offers a contemporary interpretation of the profession's richest craftsmanship: enamelling, engraving, watchmaking, and more.

    Sporting a traditional aesthetic appearance, julien Coudray 1518 watches offer a subtle blend of age-old tradition and contemporary innovation, produced in an artisanal workshop. All the Firm's movements are fully hand-finished.

  • 5 key dates

    julien Coudray 1518's 5 key dates

    1518: julien Coudray invents the portable watch
    1530: watchmaker julien Coudray dies in Blois
    2007: the Manufacture is founded by Fabien Lamarche
    2012: creation of the “julien Coudray 1518” brand
    2012: presentation of the Competentia 1515 and Manufactura 1528 models
    2013: presentation of the Classica 1548 model

  • Collections

    julien Coudray 1518's collections

    Manufactura 1528: The Manufactura 1528 is a round watch with a classical three-hand interpretation – as well as a service indicator. Situated at 12 o'clock, this complication features a picture of a drop of golden oil that appears after the watch has been running for four years, showing that it is due for servicing.

    Competentia 1515: In addition to a service indicator, a feature it shares with the Manufactura 1528, this 43mm timepiece comprises a day/night-time indicator, a power reserve indicator and a minute tourbillon, all in a movement less than 5mm thick.

    Classica 1548: This model deliberately states the brand's style codes. In a 43mm case, it displays a very unpretentious 13-part enamel dial that does not even feature the julien Coudray 1518 name. Instead, there is a logo engraved and enamelled on the 8 o'clock hour marker and a service indicator at 12 o'clock. The particular feature of this timepiece is the zero reset seconds hand situated at 6 o'clock. When the time is set on the watch, the seconds hand stops automatically at 12 o'clock, and starts moving again only when the crown is pressed a second time.

    JC 1588 Sport: The fourth Julien Coudray collection brings together the world's of the automobile, yachting, aeronautics and, of course, watchmaking, with the first mechanical watch movement to feature a licence plate that is personalized with the owner's information.

    The unique number, which can be a registration plate or any other number of personal significance, is reproduced in 18-carat gold and enamel on the watch's rotor and the endless possibilities of customization make each JC1588 Sport Masterpiece unique.

  • Contact

    Contact julien Coudray 1518

    julien Coudray 1518 SA
    Rue de la Jaluse 6
    CH-2400 Le Locle
    T. +41 32 930 51 66

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Julien Coudray

Julien Coudray

The 10 keys to Julien Coudray

— The discreet Julien Coudray 1518 brand features a set of highly distinctive characteristics. Here are 10 keys to the door of its workshop in Le Locle.
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Julien Coudray 1528

New management

— Enzo Ide takes over the management of the Manufacture IMH.
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Julien Coudray 1528

Competentia 1515

— Tourbillon, precious materials, enamel and rich decorations are the Competentia 1515 watch's main features.
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What you might have missed last month

— In a month that started with the launch of the first smart watch strap and saw a minor currency crisis just before one of the year’s biggest watch exhibitions, we look back on some of the other news you might have missed.
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Julien Coudray 1518

The Manufacture under Belgian flag

— Belgian industrial Joris Ide announces the acquisition of the Swiss manufacturer of watches IMH and its fine watchmaking brand Julien Coudray 1518.
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Power reserve

The end of an era

— There has been a distinct paradigm shift, with customers proving increasingly reluctant to accept a timepiece incapable of keeping going over the weekend. Brands are discreetly taking action, each in its own way, aided and abetted by the restructuring of the movement ébauche market.
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Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

Artistic crafts

— The 23 watches competing this year in the Artistic Crafts category represent brands traditionally linked to the world of artistic artisanship, along with a few less expected names.
Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix 2014 men's watch category

Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix

Spoilt for choice in the men’s category

— There’s just a hint of understatement in the men’s category at the 2014 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix, with brands restricted in the adornments allowed – both functional and decorative.