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.