CINEMATOGRAPHE 1895 – Swiss Watch Brand Inspired from the Cinema & its History

Founded by Pierre-Alain Gilliéron, CINEMATOGRAPHE 1895 is a new Swiss watch brand inspired from the movies and the history of Cinema. The Swiss watch manufacture CINEMATOGRAPHE 1895 is dedicated to the history of 35mm film. 1895 is the year of the first theatrical release of the Lumière brothers in Paris and CINEMATOGRAPHE (Cinematograph) was the projector invented to pass the 35 mm film.

CINEMATOGRAPHE 1895 creates Swiss made timepieces inspired from the movies of world cinema, such as Hollywood and Bollywood (Indian Film industry). Since, cinema is the most popular form of entertainment; Pierre-Alain Gilliéron wanted to create a brand inspired from the film world.

The CINEMATOGRAPHE 1895 brand of watches will be produced by MOVIESTAR CREATION SA located in Saignelégier Watch Valley, Switzerland. The timepieces will be entirely manufactured in Switzerland and will have the prestigious ‘SWISS MADE’ label.


The Cinématographe 1895 watches will all be manufactured as numbered limited editions, with certificates of the models registered as part of a collection. As of now, models available from the collection are Cinématographe (100 pieces), BOLLYWOOD (100 pieces) CESAR (100 pieces) and OSCAR (100 pieces).

First model from the brand is the Cinématographe automatic watch that features a number of design features inspired from the world of cinema. This timepiece comes dressed in a rectangular shaped case in titanium.

Protected with a sapphire crystal front glass, the watch dial features two reels inspired from the movie projector. The small seconds reel rotates @ one revolution per minute and the animation reel revolves @ .83 rpm. The dial also boasts Pluie d’etoile (starburst) decoration, star hour markers, crank styled hour and minute hands and old fashioned countdown number at 12’o clock.

The crown is inspired from the shape of a projector lens. The watch houses an in-house movement based on an ETA 2824-1 self-winding caliber. The watch makers modified the ETA caliber and incorporated an additional module to activate the Cinématographe automaton for ensuring an off-centre redistribution of the hours, minutes and seconds.

Turning the watch, you can discover a cinema screen inspired glass window that offers the view of movement and its oscillating weight engraved with CINEMATOGRAPHE brand name. The screwed titanium case back also features a clipper board decoration above the screen window. Below the glass window, you can find engravings like manufacture name (MOVIESTAR), decoration technique (Pluie d’etoile) and serial number of the watch.

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