The story

When two fates became one :

The history of Valbray began in 2009 when two passionate people, an engineer Côme de Valbray and a designer Olga Corsini, crossed paths.

A shared rich experience in the luxury industry, coupled with a profound interest in design and watchmaking, brought the two personalities together to fund their own brand: Valbray, driven by the aspiration to express their creativity independently.

 

Passionate about photography and optics, Côme de Valbray made these the subjects of his final dissertation and started conceiving the idea of implementing a shutter system into a watch.

After two years of research and development, he created a unique mechanism of circular aperture, miniaturized and integrated in a rotating bezel: a pure micromechanics masterpiece applied to watchmaking.

A fortuitous meeting and the tenacity of research brought Valbray to life :

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Côme De Valbray

Born in Paris, France, in 1980. From a very early age, Côme has expressed a keen interest in mechanics, cars and planes.
Following his scientific baccalaureate in Paris, he moved to Switzerland to undertake his engineering studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne.

Having graduated with a major in Microtechnology, he became passionate about modern precision engineering. His interest in designing high-quality timepieces stemmed from the influence and experience he gained with his first employer, Cartier Horlogerie. During this period, he analyzed all the processes of watch manufacturing and came up with a new way of organizing production.

At the end of his mission, he decided to move to the United States to develop his entrepreneurial skills at Harvard University, where he started to shape his dream: offering his creativity and his vision of Horology through his own brand.

On his return to Switzerland, his meeting with Olga Corsini led to the beginning of a new story: the Valbray brand.

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Olga Corsini

Born in Florence, Italy, in 1979. Ever since childhood, Olga has had a bent for creativity and design.

Following a baccalaureate in literature with a major in jewelry design at the European Institute of Design in Milan, she focused her interest on high-end handicraft and its industrial application.

Her keen interest in jewelry led her to join the creative department of Bulgari in Rome. During this experience, she created an array of unique pieces and worked on the majority of the brand’s best-selling items.

After several years spent in Rome, she moved to Florence to work for Gucci within the creative department of the jewelry division. In 2007, she was approached by Chaumet (LVMH) to work in the luxury brand’s exclusive Jewelry and Horology creative studio, in Paris.

Her meeting with Côme de Valbray led to the start of a new story: the Valbray brand.