Inspired by time

This symbolically egg-shaped gold and leather presentation box makes an elegant substitute for a standard counterpart housing mechanical or gem-set treasures. A tailor-made version ordered from the Geneva-based company Technew, it may be complemented by other softly lined and precious boxes combining the most varied materials with the most accomplished designs. The creativity demonstrated by Technew is matched by its technical mastery, giving rise to boxes (including for jewellery, writing instruments and liquor bottles) featuring shapes and materials that add a new dimension to their purely functional initial role.

Proclaiming their admiration for and natural affinities with the conceptual genius of Leonardo da Vinci, the artisans at Art of Secret pool their skills in designing and crafting exceptional 100% Swiss made ‘secret’ items of furniture. An immaculate round console table, a monolithic safe with folding panels, a table with mechanical secret drawers or a cabinet-maker’s table featuring invisible compartments and equipped with a digital fingerprint reader : Art of Secret is passionate about innovation as well as aesthetic perfection. Might it soon become the official supplier of the most elegant and talented secret agent in Her Majesty’s service ?

Midway between a box and a piece of furniture, the complication watch winder by RDI also serves as a safe and as an appreciable decorative element in any elegant interior. Crafted from the noblest materials – gold, palladium, and ruthenium lined with fine leather on the surfaces liable to come in contact with the timepieces it preserves – this precious tower that is adjustable according to requirements opens at the top so as to enable the remote-controlled tube with various rotating compartments to emerge. The winding of each watch is programmed according to an ideal cycle serving to keep it running perfectly while safeguarding its mechanism.



In a fascinating spatiotemporal paradox, Calvin’s city nurtures the very opulent creativity that the reformers tried to curb four centuries ago. The Savelli company founded in Geneva has just launched its first collection of smartphones hand-crafted and designed specifically for women and named Jardin Secret (Secret Garden). Nothing is too beautiful for these 11 models featuring an instantly identifiable Italian design featuring hand-sculpted and polished pink gold, diamonds, precious leathers, high-tech ceramics, ultra-cambered sapphire crystal, a sound environment by the star DJ Stéphane Pompougnac, as well as exclusive apps. Hallo ? Olé !

All these objects would be entirely at home in the M.A.D. Gallery, a place that epitomises the encounter between the 12th Art and other arts – and also happens to be at the crossroads of the Geneva Art Tour and Geneva Watch Tour routes. The founders of this Aladdin’s cave meticulously and passionately select objects from avant-garde artists and designers. While mechanically animated automatons and objets d’art occupy the lion’s share, a number of extraordinary lamps, mural works and sci-fi sculptures are also bound to fascinate visitors, alongside the architectural watches by MB&F ! The incredible MusicMachine by Reuge and the astonishingly playful Hourglass with gong by Martin Baas magnificently illustrate this creative diversity.


Leather and gold watch and jewellery box, by Technew


Complicated remote-controlled watch winder in gold and palladium, by RDI


Active and functional sculpture in precious wood and Alcantara with secret drawers, by  Art of Secret


Jardin Secret smartphone hand-crafted and sculpted in gold and set with gems, by Savelli


MusicMachine music box by Reuge and MB&F with a double mechanical movement playing three rock tunes and three sci-fi tunes, M.A.D Gallery


“Just About Now” hourglass creation adjustable by the user and attached to a brass gong, by Maarten Baas,M.A.D Gallery

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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