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Cabestan: Crafting Timeless Luxury, One Watch at a Time

Nikkan Navidi

Cabestan: Crafting Timeless Luxury, One Watch at a Time

Introducing Cabestan, where the French term "Cabestan" gracefully translates to "winch" in English. This translation reveals the foundation of an innovative interpretation. For more than 450 years, watchmakers have relied on the fusee and chain system to ensure a consistent energy distribution from a mainspring throughout a watch's power reserve. Cabestan broke the boundaries and transformed a reliant mechanism found in clocks into a timepiece that can be worn on the wrist.

In 2008, Cabestan introduced the Winch Tourbillon Vertical, revolutionizing traditional watchmaking by adopting vertically aligned winches. This unique approach has now become a distinguishing feature across Cabestan's entire watch collection.


From Vision to Reality

In 2003, master watchmaker Jean-Franรงois Ruchonnet's vision materialized as he introduced Cabestan Geneve to the world. His passion for innovation and craftsmanship laid the foundation for a brand that would make waves in the watchmaking industry. Cabestan Geneve wasn't just another watch manufacturer; it was a declaration of watchmaking excellence.


The brand's journey was marked by remarkable milestones. Most notably, the creation of the Vertical Winch Tourbillon, a mechanism that redefined precision in watchmaking. Additionally, Cabestan Geneve collaborated with iconic watchmakers like Eric Coudray aka the Watchmaking Wizard, the engineer and mastermind behind the legendary Jaeger-LeCoultre Gyrotourbillion, reinforcing its commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation.

In the world of watchmaking, some stick to the status quo, while others prefer to break the mold. In theory, all watch brands claim to be innovative and creative, pushing the boundaries of what's possible. In reality, the vast majority of brands produce the same type of three-handed round watches that have been around for centuries, simply because it's profitable.

There are a few watchmakers that truly embrace innovation. Brands like Breguet and Patek Philippe stick to traditional watchmaking and make good profits. Bovet and Hysek, on the other hand, offer both traditional and unique timepieces. HYT with its fluidic mechanism and Cabestan are entirely unconventional and keep pushing the boundaries of haute horology innovation.

Vertical Winch Tourbillon

Precision Redefined

The heart of Cabestan Geneve's innovation lies in its Vertical Winch Tourbillon. This intricate mechanism revolutionized watchmaking, offering unprecedented precision. The tourbillon's vertical design negates the effects of gravity on the escapement, ensuring exceptional accuracy. It's a testament to the brand's commitment to redefining timekeeping.

The Chain driven movement

Primarily, the pivotal factor at play here is mass. Cabestan adheres to the same principles as any other watch component when it comes to their chains: the lighter the weight, the superior the performance. In this domain, the fundamental laws of physics cannot be circumvented; the greater the mass, the more energy is necessitated for movement.

Cabestan has already achieved noteworthy milestones, as exemplified by the Trapezium, boasting a remarkable power reserve of three full days. This accomplishment surpasses the performance of most watches operating with a traditional Swiss movement. Cabestan's ongoing research endeavors are poised to shed a few more grams, a development that will further augment autonomy. Lionel Betoux affirms, "A chain capable of delivering three kilograms of traction with 1.5-millimeter-diameter links imposes substantial constraints. Nevertheless, we are actively exploring alternative materials to steel to contend with these formidable loads.


Mastering the Art

Cabestan Geneve's dedication to perfection is evident in its craftsmanship. Each watch is meticulously handcrafted by master watchmakers. The process is labor-intensive, involving countless hours of painstaking work to ensure every detail meets the highest standards of quality. The current CEO Lionel Betoux puts a lot of emphasis on impackable precision in the manufacturing process and highlights the exclusivity of the produced units.

"We make 30 pieces per year. Thatโ€™s enough to enable us to continue developing"


For Cabestan, maintaining unwavering control over its development is undeniably imperative. This extends to their customized timepieces, which are no exception. Since assuming the reins in 2013, Lionel Betoux has significantly propelled the domain of personalized watches within Cabestan. Nevertheless, the boundaries remain well-defined:

"Regarding external customization, clients possess virtually boundless options. However, the movement remains under our exclusive purview. We are resolute in upholding absolute mastery over Cabestan's technical evolution."

Luxury and Value

Cabestan Geneve watches are undoubtedly a luxury investment. However, they offer a level of craftsmanship and innovation that sets them apart. These watches aren't just accessories; they are symbols of discerning taste and luxury.

Investment Potential

Beyond luxury, Cabestan Geneve watches hold the potential for a wise investment. As the brand continues to innovate and establish itself in the luxury watch market, owning a Cabestan Geneve watch becomes not just a statement but also an investment in a piece of horological history. Being featured in a variety of high-end luxury watch conventions such as the Grand Prix d'horologerie de Genรฉveยฉ or the Geneva Watch Daysยฉ the brand has received great attention from a global audience of watchmakers.

Recently. the Konvi community was able to invest in a 1 out of only 137 limited edition Cabestan Winch Tourbillon featuring a unique green leather strap and black case.


In conclusion, Cabestan Geneve transcends the confines of traditional watchmaking, offering a fusion of precision, artistry, and innovation. Each watch tells a story of dedication, craftsmanship, and timeless design. Cabestan Geneve isn't just a brand; it's a legacy that continues to inspire and captivate watch enthusiasts worldwide.

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