About Watches

What watches we sell?

The concept of "mariage" was born from the French word "marriage". In watchmaking, mariage is a metaphor. Reinstalling the antique movement of a pocket watch into the case of a wristwatch. The union, the marriage of a vintage movement and a new case.


Why marriage?

Pocket Swiss movements were created by hand at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The watches of the famous and status brands - IWC, LeCoultre, Longines, Omega, Rolex - have reached our days and are perfectly preserved. The vintage watches are flawless, mesmerizingly beautiful and can give odds to a legion of newer calibers. Unfortunately, in our fast-paced age pocket watches are losing out to wrist watches in terms of convenience. Marriage helps to give beautiful movements a second life as a wristwatch.   
You probably know that the case wears out faster, it gets covered with scratches. The watch loses its external presentable appearance.

We remove the movement, clean it gently, and repair it. If necessary, we create parts by hand. The birth of a marriage is a long affair. For example, it can take from one month to two years to find a donor to replace a part. Watches wait patiently for their time in our workshop. When the right parts are available, the watch comes to life in the hands of a watchmaker. They carefully move the preserved dial into a new case. If the dial is damaged, they invent and engrave a new one.

And the two centuries come together, as if closing the circle: the unique one-of-a-kind watch is born.  One of a kind designed by the author, not like indifferent serial calibres, with a vintage heart inside.   

The whole sense and beauty of marriage is in the possibility to watch the living mechanical miracle breathing and moving through the case glass. It is a handmade watch, imbued with the spirit of history. The link between generations, past, present and future, which transports you a few centuries back. To another world.

What is curious: it is impossible to trace the fate of the watch exactly. In the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries, watches were a very expensive accessory. They were bought by the elite - military ranks, aristocracy, wealthy landlords.

Who knows, maybe the nobles, merchants, scientists, writers and philanthropists of the past centuries were checking the time by exact this watch. They worked, built temples, shot in duels, lost their fortunes, hurried to meet young ladies, and danced at balls.

You want to ask where we get so many vintage watches?  We seek out movements at auctions, in antique salons and private collections around the world. We are buying them to give a second life. We just love watches, we appreciate fine craftsmanship and take inspiration from them.