We are happy to announce the opening of new Valbray official retailers located in Japan, in the United States, in Qatar and in the United Arab Emirates.
“The Noble Styling Gallery“, is situated at the Westin Tokyo in Japan. This intimate and unique gallery provides a luxury place and collects various high-end and contemporary niche watches, selected with passion and attention.
“Chatterley Luxuries“, our American retailer, is based in Arizona more precisely in Marana. A beautiful place offering an exclusive choice of fine watch brands and writing Instruments and supplies.
“Al Bidaa Swords and Gifts” is located in the attractive capital of Qatar, Doha, in a famous shopping center called Lagoona, “A memorable retail and lifestyle destination, celebrating the most beautiful things in Life”. As well as our timepieces, you will discover exceptional objects and souvenirs reflecting all the history and heritage of the State of Qatar..
Finally, the fourth boutique can be found in the amazing city of Dubai . “Inspiration” proposes an incredible experience and a selection of collector timepieces and fine jewelry.
Enjoy the visit of these four temples of watch and luxury products..
On the occasion of Baselworld 2014, Valbray presents a Grey version of its Oculus Chrono Argentique watch !
In tribute to the world of photography, from where the innovative Valbray diaphragm opening system comes, this exceptional timepiece offers finishes and colors that recall thos of 35 mm cameras.
Come to visit us in Basel to discover more about this novelty !
VALBRAY & LEICA PRESENT THE EL1 CHRONO
Created on the occasion of the “100 years anniversary of Leica photography”, limited to 100 pieces.
THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT
New projects often arise by meetings guided by destiny. The birth of the watch EL1 Chrono doesn’t make an exception…
Côme de Valbray is a real passionate of photography and Leica cameras.
Alfred Schopf, CEO of Leica Camera AG, watches lover and collector, discovered in 2013 the Oculus timepiece made by Valbray. Fascinated by this unique creation, he then asked to organize a meeting with the founders of Valbray.
Sharing the same passion for the ultimate mechanical perfection and individually handcrafted products, they decided to start the co-creation of a unique timepiece to celebrate the centennial of Leica Camera.
Chronograph based on black and white colors, the EL1 is made of titanium grade 5 with sanded finishes. The initials of its name are chosen as a tribute to Ernst Leitz, one of the founders of Leica brand, Leica is the contraction of Leitz and camera.
The bezel integrates the “Oculus” diaphragm system of Valbray and becomes the undeniable link between the two partner’s houses. This mechanism recalls the pleasure of handling the objective of a traditional camera, and more specifically the “firing” of the shutter.
The manual revolution of the rotating bezel acts on the16 thin blades that gradually reveal the dial in a circular way, being a magic recall of a Leica diaphragm.
In its closed version the EL1 Chrono provides the essential reading of time given by the main hands: hours and minutes. Essential, as the click of the photographer who captures the moment. In its open appearance, the EL1 reveals the chronograph, the ultimate instrument for measuring time.
The highlight of the bezel is adorned with four parts of white engravings. Theirs pace, reminiscent of the four quarters of time, is relayed by fine lateral veins of the crown, who presents the Leica Camera logo.
Red color subtly lying down the dial, the type of the font used and others details of the dial are all stylistic recalls of Leica cameras.
The indication of the date (at 3h), the cursor minutes (at noon) and the hours (at 6h) recall the layout settings. The seconds (at 9h) reproduce the design of the isometry button. Finally, the metallic 4.5 applied at 4 hours and half, evokes the aperture of the first Leica.
On the back of the watch, the automatic Valjoux movement with an open worked rotor is visible through a sapphire glass, darkened in a nod to the black room.
Manufactured in two references, 50 titanium and 50 with a black DLC treatment, for a total edition of 100 numbered watches, each one is equipped with two different straps, evoking the cameras bands: a black in calf negonda and another in calfskin mat brown and raw stitching. They are easily changeable with a specific screwdriver provided with the watch.
Collector timepiece, the EL1 Chrono signs the meeting between watchmaking and photography, around common values such as connection with time, the essentiality of the moment, aesthetics and, of course, the passion.
Valbray announces its new partnership with the legendary brand, Leica Camera !
On the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of Leica photography, Valbray & Leica have created an exclusive timepiece, the EL1 Chrono !
Valbray is pleased to announce its participation at the QP Salon, the first and only high marque watch event in the United Kingdom.
Come to discover our new Oculus V.02 collection in London at the Saatchi Gallery from November 7-9 !
For the first time, Valbray has participated to the Porsche Francorchamps Days in collaboration with l’Horlothèque. The Porsche Francorchamps Days is an event in the famous Formula 1 circuit of Spa-Francorchamps where thousands of Porsche fans enjoyed the asphalt. During the event, in collaboration with l’Horlothèque, Valbray was present on the track !
Baselworld, one of the most exciting event in the calendar of watchmaking, closed its doors on the second of May, being a great success for our brand. Valbray participated for the fourth consecutive year, showcasing its novelties at the Palace hall.
The signals for Valbray are absolutely positive and hopeful for the end of the year with an increasing presence on the international markets through new boutiques openings planned in the coming months.