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Since our beginnings, we have been keen to share with you our vision of the watchmaking and the time. Today, we are going to present you three main Beaubleu’s mainstays on which Beaubleu stands ?

French know-how, the first mainstay of Beaubleu

For Beaubleu, the know-how starts with the origins of our designer and co-founder, Nicolas. Parisian since his first day, the elegance, the effervescence, the paradoxes and the beauty of the capital are the foundations of his inspiration and the creation of our timepieces. Indeed, the inscription “création parisienne” on the dial of our watches is a direct reference to the French local know-how, which plays a key role in the creation of Beaubleu watches. This Parisian anchorage allows us to ensure a meticulous follow-up during the assembly and control steps. Another important point is our wish to work directly with our professional partners. Why ? Just because without intermediaries, the relationships are stronger with a better understanding of everyone’s needs, to finally offer you the best quality possible.

Through this apporach, our goal is to create local synergies and strong relationships to develop French watchmaking (at our level, of course). French watchmaking is an opportunity, we take it.

The production with limited edition collections

Have you ever noticed the inscription “limited edition” and the serial number on the case back of a Beaubleu watch? And, if we told you that behind this inscription there is a more advanced philosophy concerning the creation and production of our pieces? Let’s discover it !

By offering you limited edition collections, which will not be reissued, we create an uncomfortable but fertile environment for innovation. As we are often unsatisfied, we always look for a new singularity and poetry in order to express it through our creations.

But what else? Producing in small quantities allows us to maintain a high level of quality. Indeed, making an excellent quality for one watch is not the same constraint as for 10 000 watches. This is why having a controlled production contributes strongly to a better quality of the watches.

Finally, all the watches produced are numbered to certify their uniqueness. A rarity that creates a special relationship between the watch and the Ambassador. An established house’s mainstay since the launch of the first timepieces.

Our universal vision of watchmaking

Are they only for men? Do you have a collection for women? These are the types of questions you often ask, and we like to answer them to explain our vision.

First of all, we think that the style of a watch should not be defined for a man or a woman, but it should transcend this dichotomy. Indeed, the choice of a watch is more related to the choice of dimensions, design, or comfort of the watch, but especially not to the gender of the customer.

Beyond butterflies, skulls, and other gender embellishments, we believe that the experience is the keystone of our creations. A Beaubleu watch is a watch that tells a story. A story that everyone can perceive differently depending on the light or the occasion. This is how we express the idea of a universal watch throughout the Union collection.

And here we are, you now know the three mainstays of Beaubleu. Each piece is based on these fundamental principles that define Beaubleu’s philosophy and its vision of watchmaking.

Wishing you wonderful hours,

Team Beaubleu

Hello to all,

The exercise of summarizing a year is never easy but when it comes to a year like 2020, I am strongly tempted to move to the next page 2021. We didn’t take the easy way out last year so why do it in 2021

Originally, at the dawn of time, that is to say in January, we were working peacefully on the new collection in collaboration with all our ambassadors. The design of the models was validated day by day, post-it notes were blooming on the walls of the office where we could see “39mm ? “Lacquered” – “glazed” – “micro-grained/matt” – “mixed” – “AMB” etc. Like a scene straight out of the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, we were swarming like John Nash to find the perfect equation between design, timing and preparation. A moment of extreme impatience and I confess, fear. Everything was ready, the press was raving, the community was in the starting block and the workshops were on deck. The launch on February 29th at 00:01 a.m. kicked off a campaign that was to be lived like a marathon. But the first sign of a year like no other appeared the next day, a real sprint of 18 hours to launch a production initially planned in 35 days. A surprise that turned into a real success.

Although our round needles were no longer seen by our dear partners during the confinement, the craze was impressive. New ambassadors were found in more than 25 countries such as the USA, Indonesia, Nigeria and even Chile. We have seen Brio Bleu Klein and Olympe Blanc Albâtre going to Japan for watch experts, Brio Vert Emeraude for a birth or to seal a wedding, of course Rive Gauche models for birthdays or the end of an internship, and finally a Brio Rouge to celebrate a promotion 😉

Just like all these anecdotes, many of you have been checking in with us, encouraging us and sharing your passions. Between a starred chef, a fighter pilot, a French sportsman, an artist, a collector, a designer, an entrepreneur, a student, a son, a mother, a wife, a promise, a husband, a father or just friends, Club Beaubleu is more and more dynamic, passionate and exciting. We are setting up the Beaubleu Circle where each ambassador will have the privilege to access secret contents and invitations.

The future of the House of Beaubleu is looking brighter and brighter and I am already challenged on the next creations and collections which – although highly anticipated – will see the light of day in 2022. Time for the team and the Circle to think about the future of poetic and singular watchmaking.

I would like to thank you sincerely for your unfailing support and your inspiring demands. Many Beaubleu Ambassadors praise the Maison aux aiguilles rondes, even in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Who would have thought that an editorial on 2020 could be positive.

So a huge thank you on behalf of the entire team.

Wishing you wonderful hours,

Nicolas

Through various articles, we have talked to you about the automatic movement of your watch, about our patinated bracelets (which were offered in limited edition last winter), but we have also given you advice on how to take care of your Beaubleu. Now, with the arrival of new bracelets to match the watches in the Union collection, let us explain how to change your watch strap wherever you are and how to adjust it to your wrist.

Adjusting the folding clasp to your wrist

Certainly, the great novelty of this new Union collection is the second’s hand that glides delicately over lacquered, glossy, or matte dials. But (because there’s always a but), there are other novelties in this collection, notably on the leather straps. The folding clasp, which brings security, comfort, and elegance, and the lug pumps that allow you to change your strap easily without tools.

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So, let’s start with the adjustment of the folding clasp. Indeed, when you receive your watch, carefully wrapped and placed in its case, the folding clasp is mounted on only one part of the strap (the watch is presented flat), so as not to damage the leather.

To mount your folding clasp on your bracelet, simply follow the steps below:

1.         To open the buckle, press the pushers on either side of the buckle.

2.         Now you have a buckle made of three metal pieces. One part is already attached to the bracelet (C), the one in the center (B) is the longest with the two pushers used previously, and finally the part engraved with the Beaubleu logo (A).

3.         Next, open the small clip located at the end of the folding clasp (it has a small point inside)?

4.         Slide the other part of the bracelet into this clip and insert the small metal tip at the hole corresponding to your wrist size.

Now that the bracelet is at your size, close the buckle on your wrist until you hear “click”.

Change your watch strap

As explained above, the other new feature of the Union Collection bracelets is the lug pump on the bracelets to change them easily without tools.

The advantage of these lugs is that you will be able to change your watchband as many times as you want, quickly and without the risk of scratching the middle of your watch.

1. Place your watch flat with the dial face up against a flat surface that does not slide or scratch (cloth or towel).

2. At the end of your bracelet, between the lugs, you can see the lug, a small protruding ball. You just have to apply a slight pressure towards the inside, and it’s done. The pump dislodges on one side only and the bracelet comes off completely.

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3. To put on your new bracelet, keep the watch on the cloth or towel with the dial turned upside down. Insert one side of the strap pump into the corresponding hole on the lug, then apply slight pressure on the lug to reduce the size of the pump and slide it into the other hole. Click. The wristband is correctly positioned.

You are now well informed about your bracelet. Of course, if you encounter any problems, we are here to solve them, or at least do our best to be available and help you.

A travers différents articles, nous vous avons parler du mouvement automatique de votre montre, de nos bracelets patinés (qui ont été proposé en édition limitée l’hiver dernier), mais nous vous avons aussi donné des conseils pour entretenir votre Beaubleu. Aujourd’hui, avec l’arrivée de nouveaux bracelets pour s’accorder aux montres de la collection Union, laissez-nous vous expliquer comment changer votre bracelet de montre où que vous soyez, et comment l’ajuster à votre poignet.

Ajuster la boucle déployante à votre poignet

Certes la grande nouveauté de cette nouvelle collection Union est l’aiguille des secondes qui glisse délicatement sur des cadrans laqués, glacés ou mats. Mais (car il y a toujours un mais), il y a, bien entendu, d’autres nouveautés sur cette collection, notamment sur les bracelets en cuir. La boucle déployante, qui apporte sécurité, confort et élégance, et les pompes à ergot qui permettent de changer votre bracelet facilement sans outils.

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Commençons donc avec l’ajustement de la boucle deployante. En effet, quand vous recevez votre montre, soigneusement emballée et placée dans sa boîte, la boucle déployante est montée sur une seule partie du bracelet (la montre est présentée à plat), afin de ne pas abimer le cuir.

Pour monter votre boucle déployante sur votre bracelet, il vous suffit de suivre les étapes suivantes :

  1. Pour ouvrir la boucle, appuyez sur les poussoirs placés de chaque côté de la boucle.
  2. A présent, vous avez une boucle composée de trois pièces métalliques. Une partie est déjà rattachée au bracelet (C), celle du centre (B) est la plus longue avec les deux poussoirs utilisés précédemment, et enfin, la pièce gravée du logo Beaubleu (A).
  3. Ensuite, ouvrez la petite pince située au bout de la boucle déployante (elle possède une petite pointe à l’intérieur) ?
  4. Faites glisser l’autre partie du bracelet dans cette pince et insérer la petite pointe métallique au trou correspondant à votre taille de poignet.

Maintenant que le bracelet est à votre taille, refermez la boucle sur votre poignet jusqu’à entendre “clic”. 

ajuster la boucle du bracelet de montre de la collection union au poignet

Changez votre bracelet de montre

Comme expliqué précédemment, l’autre nouveauté des bracelets de la collection Union est la pompe à ergot située à l’extrémité de chaque partie du bracelet afin de les changer facilement sans outil.

L’avantage de ces attaches est que vous allez pouvoir changer votre bracelet de montre autant de fois que vous le souhaitez, rapidement et sans risquer de rayer la carrure de votre montre.

1. Placez votre montre à plat, cadran face contre une surface plane qui ne glisse pas et ne raye pas (chiffon ou serviette).

2. A l’extrémité de votre bracelet, entre les cornes, vous pouvez voir l’ergot, une petite bille qui dépasse. Il vous suffit d’exercer une légère pression vers l’intérieur, et le tour est joué. La pompe se déloge d’un seul côté et le bracelet se détache entièrement.

changer de bracelet de montre de la collection union

3. Pour mettre votre nouveau bracelet, gardez la montre sur le chiffon ou la serviette cadran retourné. Insérez un côté de la pompe du bracelet dans le trou correspondant sur la corne, puis exercez une légère pression sur l’ergot afin de réduire la taille de la pompe et la glisser dans l’autre trou. Clic. Le bracelet est correctement placé. Vous voilà à présent bien informé sur votre bracelet. Bien sûr, si vous rencontrez un quelconque problème, nous sommes là pour les résoudre, ou du moins faire notre maximum pour être disponible et vous aider.

The watches from the Union Collection are about to be assembled in our Parisian Atelier. Since moving from pocket to wrist, watches now require straps.

Our Union Collection offers three leather bracelets in blue, black, or green, whose exotic details give real personality to the watches. What makes it distinct? Each bracelet is handmade and artisanal, making it truly unique. 

June 16th, 2020

The manufacture of our bracelets has begun. The leathers are bought raw, then prepared, and tanned in the atelier. How does it work? The leathers will undergo different treatments, carried out by specific (and traditional) machines. These machines are essential for refining and tanning the skin.

Of course, as with every element of the watch, if certain pieces of leather do not have the quality necessary for the manufacture of our bracelets, they must be permanently removed from the production chain. The team is, therefore, busy detecting scratches and stains on the skins to keep only the best quality parts.

After having selected the pieces that we will use to make the bracelets, we must dye the skins to obtain the colors of our bracelets: green, blue, and green. It will then be a question of completing the details in alligator, for the black and blue bracelet, and the téju for the green bracelet.

When we have the desired results, the skins are polished to obtain the best possible finish to protect the leather in the long term.

June 24, 2020

Once the leathers are stored, we begin cutting the skins in the best parts to obtain the different elements that will constitute the bracelet.

A bracelet is composed of a skin carefully selected on the top added with a leather lining imperatively treated to be biocompatible (hypoallergenic among others). Between these two strips of leather, we place a tear-resistant reinforcement to make the bracelet, not only more comfortable but also more durable over time in the face of daily use. These three elements are glued together and then sewn by hand. 

To achieve tone-on-tone solid topstitching, our leather craftsmen use the saddle stitch. Saddle stitching is done with only a few feet of thread at a time and must be made by hand. To create each stitch, the entire thread serpentines two times through the layers of leather.

The final touch is the application of a colored resin to protect the edge of the leather. For the blue and green bracelets, we chose an azure resin, for an even more pronounced contrast.

June 30, 2020

Now we will cut the bracelet to be able to insert the flash pump. It will allow you to change your bracelet with more ease at home, without tools. Of course, this bracelet manufacturing process ends with quality control before receiving them at the atelier. There they will then be added to the watches, depending on the choices you have made.

Most of us have resumed work, life is gradually resuming, and for several weeks now, the production of our Union Collection watches has begun. This article will be the first of a small series, which will give our ambassadors the opportunity to follow the manufacturing process and its different stages: from the dials to the straps.

Today we are going to discuss the dials. Originally, it was a simple metal plate, which quickly became the center of attention. If we consider the case as the body of the watch, the dial is therefore the delicate face.

This is the first element that attracts the eye, it is, therefore, important to carry it out in the rules of art with impeccable quality. The manufacture of a dial is far from being a subcategory of watchmaking, it requires impeccable know-how and extreme precision to be both beautiful and readable. It supports many elements such as indexes, decorations, or simply inscriptions. In addition, for perfect placement of the hands, without risking touching the glass covering them or the other parts of the dial, each measurement must be made to the nearest hundredth of a millimeter. For our watches, the additional difficulty will be the curved dial, which requires a special technique.

April 15, 2020

First day of production. The excitement is at its peak, after weeks of the pre-order campaign and the uncertainty that we have all faced with COVID- 19, we are finally starting the cutting of steel plates which will become flat or curved dials. We begin to make the central and outer contour, where the canon of the movement will be housed. The canon will consequently receive the circular hands. The cutting process stops here for the flat dial, and for the curved dial, we will have to carve a thicker steel plate to give it its curved shape.

April 20, 2020

That day, we soldered our feet to the dials. These feet will be clipped onto the movement to position the dial for the following operations and final assembly.

April 25, 2020

This Wednesday, big things are happening. Using sandpaper, we will soften the metal plate. This step will remove machining residue, then sand the surface and finally prepare it for polishing.

Directly after these stages of dial preparation, before lacquering and varnishing, the plate must be properly polished to obtain a perfectly smooth surface to eliminate micro-scratches. This stage of the process is very meticulous, and we establish the bases of the best quality to limit the problems which can arise later. Indeed, we always have some surprises… 

curved dials blue and green of the union collection

April 27, 2020

The dials now have the desired shape, they are polished and ready to receive their first layer of lacquer for the curved dials and varnish for the flat dials. Here we begin the last and most delicate stage of the production of the dials.

Whether lacquer or varnish, the process remains the same, but as you may have seen in pictures, the rendering is different. To prevent particles of dust from settling on the dial, we isolate it in a special cabin under very strict conditions. Our standards of cleanliness are high to offer you high-quality parts. Then, the varnish is applied with care, set to dry, and adheres to the metal plate before adding a second coat to obtain our famous velvet colors. Generally, a lacquer is applied on a flat surface and it is thus easier to manage the thickness of the coats. On our curved dials, the operation is more complicated and requires a special technique which is a secret recipe from the Maison!

Dials blue green white and black of the union collection

May 7, 2020

Our dials are now dressed in their velvet color. So, it is time to focus on the last details. Let us start with the decal, here it is to add the inscriptions that should appear on the plate. Whether on flat or curved dials, you will always find the same three inscriptions: “Beaubleu Paris”, “Création Parisienne” (Parisian creation), and “Automatique” (automatic). This pad printing process is carried out in a white room to prevent the encrusting of dust particles once again. You may have a question in mind, but what is pad printing?

A pear-shaped tool collects the ink inscription on an engraved surface, then immediately moves it on the dial to obtain a clear and precise inscription.

May 12, 2020

Today we insert the indexes. The application of the indexes which are in the form of a lamp requires a different technique. These elements must be applied meticulously in their reserved place on the dial. They thus create a relief effect that accentuates the contrasts of the dial and therefore of the watch. And you know, it is all about contrast with Beaubleu watches!

May 20, 2020

Now is the time for quality control, an important step as it determines which parts can be used and which have defects.

May 27, 2020

Following the quality control of the dials, defects were detected on 4% of the parts. These defects, not visible to the naked eye, are most often micro-dust between the varnish and the metal plate or microbubbles in pad printing. They, therefore, lead to the scrapping of these parts to remake them from scratch. By this process, we install a high level of quality for our pieces. 

This is how the first part of our logbook of the production collection ends. In the next article, we will detail the manufacturing of the cases, which requires different know-how but is just as exciting.

For a few days, for general health, we are encouraged to stay at home. But no worries, life is still going on and more than ever the Beaubleu adventure so. As you may know, our new Union Collection has highlighted some innovations such as the second’s hand, the lume, and the blued steel hands. And we will talk about these last ones.

The blued steel hands in the Union collection.

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You can see them on some models like the Olympe and the Intrepide, they are easily recognizable with their blue shades. We have chosen them to twirl on our dial because they give poetry – as we are always looking for – contrast – you can find it in every detail of our watches – and readability – their blued shade stays discrete to be more focused on the reading of time.

Today, more used for the aesthetics of our watches, the blued steel hands used to have specific usefulness.

The blued steel hands and its traditional technic

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Let’s go back a few decades ago, we can say the Before War period. The steel hands were flame blued to reduce the sensitivity of the metal against the corrosion. But what process do we use? It is quite simple – depending on your knowledge and experience of course – the blued color is obtained thanks to a temperature rise process. First, we heat red the steel and then we steep it to increase its resistance. Then, we heat it again at a specific temperature. If it is not heated enough, we will have yellow shade, if the temperature is too high, we’ll obtain a purple shade.

Here we are, you know all about our blued steel hands and the contrasts they give to our timekeeper while conserving the best reading of time possible. Each variation given by these hands extends the discovery of your watch and these surprises unfold by the everyday light. For us – and for you too – each detail counts, then it seemed important to us, and useful, to tell you these “small” information about our circular hands.

Even if the actual period in France is not the best ever, we will keep writing every week about our watch and our universe.

We wish you wonderful hours,

Take care and stay safe.

The Beaubleu Team

Saturday, February 29th, what a day! Some people told us that this symbolic date – only happening every 4 years – was going bring luck to us, but honestly, we have been really surprised! After months of preparation, passing by every possible emotion, at exactly 00:00, we opened the Kickstarter campaign. And with the February 28th that we had, we really did not expect such a good day…

One-in-two day

As you know, last Saturday was the start of our Kickstarter campaign. Then, it was an evidence to organize an event reflecting the expectations. SO we created a big day to discover and preorder the Union Collection, in the heard of Paris, in the famous location of Le Marais. For 12 hours, we welcomed our community, a unique moment of sharing and communication with our Beaubleu Ambassadors, but also some now encounter with persons which quickly became Ambassadors this day.

The day before, we prepared the last things and handled the unexpected (it couldn’t be as funny without them of course). From 10 am, we were ready to welcome you the entire day. What an enthusiasm, it was a real pleasure to present the collection and answer to each question you asked. We planned some words from Nicolas at 6:30, so you can imagine our joy when we finally reached and exceeded our goal at 6:20 pm… FUNDED, WE MADE IT!

We really want to thank every person for their support, we couldn’t dream of a better moment.

A good start for our Kickstarter campaign

This Kickstarter campaign is a “first time” for us, as you may know. As we told you, at 00:00 we push the “launch the project” button (not stressful at all…). A second later, the first preorders arrived.

At midday, we reached 50% of our objective and finally exceeded it at 6:20 pm. It is the result of a beautiful collaboration with our community and friends of the House.

Today, Wednesday, March 4t, we are at 75 592 € (180% of the goal). We have now Ambassadors in the entire world (US, Australia, Japan, Norway, …).

It is only the beginning; we have 30 days to go before the end of the campaign and we hope to reach new objectives with surprises coming… We will keep you informed of the evolution!

You’ve probably done it, but if you don’t, share our amazing Beaubleu adventure on Kickstarter. 

You couldn’t miss it, our babies are out, and we did not expect this frenzy about the new collection! The excitement aside, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about the story of the Union Collection. This part is the first step about the design process of the house before the launching (very expected) of the pre-orders.

The coherency

A few months ago, someone asked me: “so how is going to be the new collection?”. I knew people were expecting a lot from this new creation, and I asked myself: How to offer more surprise and keeping at the same time the Beaubleu’s identity? Who will go these watches to? How to integrate the community’s expectations? Such a hard work…

However, before putting down my first thoughts, I strolled in Paris… From the antique stores to the design gallery and the 11th district restaurants, I was looking for a main thread for the entire collection.

It was the moment to fin the coherency.

I imagined this watch like an interior. From a room to another, the aspect stays because of the combination of warm and cold materials. The warmth of a wood table with a velvet sofa joined by a marble table, all these contrasts which play with our senses, for our greatest pleasure.

As often, we have the same vision as our ambassadors. The envy of giving colors was an evidence. So, what colors?  How to keep the vibrating and warm side of the interior design? I started to buy velvet and satin to find deeper colors, the ones which tell stories.

What to do with the inspiration?

Once the main thread found, it is complicated to not draw the first ideas, and keeping adding new materials, images. We test our first inspirations, to see if, with the time, we are not bored. This process is long and hard, but we cannot miss it, because if there is one thing that we don’t want, it is that we became bored. No, no and No !

After, I compiled the finale inspirations, and I mixed them: a velvet with a polished steel, a green with a Soulage painting or a grained paper. And without any drawings, the models started to appear (almost) by themselves.

Then, the inpiration step is ending, but will stay on our Studio’s wall until the end of the production.

This step has been celebrated with the team, of course, and the next day, the serious thngs were back with the step of creation.

Next week, same day, same hour, we meet for the second step of creation. We will talk about drawings and composition.

We wish you wonderful hours,

Nicolas Pham, Beaubleu’s designer