Lionel Meylan (Vevey, Switzerland) is delighted to announce a privileged partnership with Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.
5th July 2013 – The Vevey-based specialists in high-end timepieces and jewellery, Lionel Meylan and his sons Yannick and Julien, are maintaining a family tradition of watchmaking that has been passed down through six generations. Established in the old town of Vevey for more than twenty years, they are indisputably the ambassadors of the finest brands of timepieces and jewellery on the Vaud Riviera.
Lionel Meylan enjoys a reputation for excellence throughout the region, offering a range of services including customised jewellery design, expert valuations of jewels and precious stones, reworking of old jewellery to create dream items featuring the original stones, as well as a maintenance and restoration service for old timepieces.
In October 2012, the Meylan family added another expert service to its repertoire, in the form of regular small group sessions intended to give enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy a unique watchmaking experience. Participants, from amateur enthusiasts to collectors of fine timepieces, work at four authentic walnut watchmakers’ benches. While no previous technical knowledge is required, a certain amount of patience and dexterity go a long way… The hushed and timeless atmosphere in the Meylan gallery and store on Rue des Deux-Marches in the old town of Vevey is ideal for concentration!
Julien Meylan explains: “At watchmaking school, students were asked to take a watch movement apart and then put it all back together again. Later, in our family shop, we received regular requests from students and so we naturally suggested they try the same exercise. This gave us our inspiration. Why not organise a similar experience for our customers, to bring them even closer to the heart of the beautiful timepieces they love so much? Some clients had told us that they would like to touch a movement and this encouraged us to put everything in place to create this genuine watchmaking experience for them. To our great delight, we managed to turn our idea into reality and produce an infrastructure tailored to the needs of our first customers/pupils!”
Dressed in traditional watchmakers’ overalls for the occasion, participants at the Watchmaking Experiences spend a morning or afternoon exploring the complexity of a movement and the many steps involved in servicing a timepiece. “I have spoken to clients who thought that servicing a watch was simply a matter of soaking the movement in an ultrasound bath followed by an oil bath. This couldn’t be further from reality! Of course, on the basis of this assumption, the price of a service seemed very expensive to them.”
With a certificate and watchmaker’s eyeglass bearing the Meylan stamp as souvenirs, participants leave with a lasting memory of the mechanical watching movement as the finest demonstration of Swiss expertise.
Brands Available at Lionel Meylan
Boutique Rue des Deux-Marchés 34, Vevey
Breguet, Bulgari, Corum, IWC, Joaillerie Lionel Meylan, Pomellato, Ulysse Nardin et Zenith.
Boutique Place du Marché 4, Vevey
Breitling, Chopard, Chopard L.U.C, dinh van, Erwin Sattler, Girard-Perregaux, Hublot, IsabelleFa,
Jeager-LeCoultre, Omega, Longines, Joaillerie Lionel Meylan, Piaget, Louis Golay, Michel H., Oris,
Piero Milano, Jordi, Swiss Kubik et Victorinox Swiss Army.
For full information on the package and to book please call, 00 800 0441 1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
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