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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.


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.

Julien Coudray invents the portable watch.
Watchmaker Julien Coudray dies in Blois.
The Manufacture is founded by Fabien Lamarche.
Creation of the “julien Coudray 15, presentation of the Competentia 1515 and Manufactura 1528 models18” brand.
Presentation of the Classica 1548 model.

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.


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.

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.

JC 1588 Sport

The fourth Julien Coudray collection brings together the world's of the automobile and watchmaking. The movement's winding rotor bears an insert resembling a car licence plate in solid gold and grand feu enamel, which can be personalised. The 41mm case is in titanium and 18-carat rose gold.  

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.


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