Ultimate Cars, Watches & Hi Fi S04 ep8 : Eric Coudray, Cabestan Watches, [Switzerland]

Interview with Eric Coudray

Among other things Coudray is the guy behind the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillon. He thrives in producing highly complex, highly accurate tiny machines that few other people can make. Using the same principles as the Winch Tourbillon Vertical, the Trapezium offers a drum and fusee & chain system (with tourbillon) for telling the time and making the watch operate.

 

16:20
Cabestan watches must really represent our own personalities of our watchmakers and they must be absolutely for the
movement developed made by us. This is the concept, this is the spirit. We are watchmakers so we make them and they must
sort of look like us.
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16:55.
From the start the movement concept was obviously a vertical layout rather than a traditional horizontal layout. Allowing us to
really expose the various mechanisms of the movement clearly.
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17:17.
The very beginning of the concept was put on paper by Jean-Francois Ruchonnet who founded the company Cabestan. So he
had the idea of a vertical movement, but he himself was not at all a watchmaker or not even a designer. It was very conceptual
idea and it’s when Eric came onboard that he could make it a reality.
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17:50.
My grandfather and my father were already in the watch industry at different sort of positions and so I have the chance to be
able to continue this family tradition and myself as a movement inaudible [18:10] maker.
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18:17.
Right on the front side of the Loujira hills that are very much shared by Switzerland and France.
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Jewellery Theatre Carravaggio

18:32.
Totally six years, two years in the inaudible [18:38]watchmaking school on the French side and four years on the Swiss side in
order to get the diploma in particular in foreign language [18:44]from an excellent watch making school called MIH.
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18:57.
Topper Ramon approach rather comes from the person inner self rather than whether is inaudible l19:07].
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19:16.
It’s much more complicated to actuallyinaudible [19:20] the main obvious advantage is the visibility of the various mechanism so
the movements are clearly exposed.
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Jewellery Theatre Carravaggio

19:38.
These are sort of luxury making objects .So yes it’s a watch. Yes it’s a little bit of sort of a piece of art but actually produced in
theory so we cannot say that this is really a piece of art, really it’s something in between.
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20:05.
It’s been a strong evolution in the past 20 years. Let’s say 20 years ago complication watch makers were sketching and designing
their movement on paper on drawings. Typically they would treat complications by adding layers or modules on top of each
other like a sandwich. Now this has rapidly evolved, changed in which new technology with for example computerized system
with software and the new machines that allow us really to design and build movements in 3D. And let’s say allowing us to work
on volume giving us much greater freedom to create new possibilities. So in this past 20 years really the approach has changed
radically and created all sorts of new possibilities and obviously I enjoy taking advantage of these new possibilities, new
technologies.
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Jewellery Theatre Elements

something in between.
19:58.

20:05.
It’s been a strong evolution in the past 20 years. Let’s say 20 years ago complication watch makers were sketching and designing
their movement on paper on drawings. Typically they would treat complications by adding layers or modules on top of each
other like a sandwich. Now this has rapidly evolved, changed in which new technology with for example computerized system
with software and the new machines that allow us really to design and build movements in 3D. And let’s say allowing us to work
on volume giving us much greater freedom to create new possibilities. So in this past 20 years really the approach has changed
radically and created all sorts of new possibilities and obviously I enjoy taking advantage of these new possibilities, new
technologies.
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21:32.
So yes this should be a next obvious step and a desirable step. This is possible for small companies like us, specialist companies
like us to work on such new approach new product and we do expect that the larger brands willcontinue to use the more
traditional approach of putting a movement in a box.
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22:05.
Inaudible [22:11] like a cash register machine.
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Jewellery Theatre Fairytales

22:18.
I have received indeed a few requests from end users collectors such as adding a beautiful moon face or something more let’s
say that gives a more decorative touch.
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