co-founder of Maison Alcée
Learning through creation
After having worked in prestigious companies such as Hermès, Cartier or Tag Heuer, Alcée was keen to share her passion for the craft of excellence.
She fulfills herself through manual creation. It invites her to take time for herself, to remember her childhood dreams and to be happy with the object she creates. This is how she created Maison Alcée.
If you wish to follow her on LinkedIn, she will certainly tell you about her love for the piano, her outlet. Watchmaking, entrepreneurship and craftsmanship will of course be at the center of her exchanges!
Alcée will have the desire to offer you a unique experience of high-end do-it-yourself...
Benoît has a keen eye for anything to do with beautiful, old-fashioned cars and bodies... read more...
It's quite amazing how, as a kid, I got into watchmaking; my grandfather, a watchmaker, had a ...read more
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Benoit Montfort, co-founder of Maison Alcée
Benoît has a keen eye for anything to do with beautiful, old-fashioned cars and bodies. He even arrived in a 2CV on his first day as an engineer at his car company.
An unparalleled handyman, Benoît transmits his energy to give a second life to all the objects he comes into contact with, from the repair of his MAC to his vintage Peugeot tandem.
Benoît coordinates the creation of Persée so that you can build your own timepiece. Don't hesitate to submit your development ideas to him, he is fond of product innovations!
Thierry Ducret,an M.O.F in watchmaking
Serving the experience
"It's quite surprising how, as a child, I got into watchmaking; my grandfather, a watchmaker, had a workshop in Belleville s/Saône; despite the interest in his activity, small children were forbidden to enter his work space. It was only after his death that I was able to enter and discover his workshop: at that moment, there was no doubt that I wanted to become a watchmaker!
Despite several decades of experience, I am still as passionate as ever! It is one of the few professions where one spends hours and days on parts that, at first inert, end up giving birth to a watch mechanism. It is always so moving to see all these parts come to life in the form of a watch or a clock.
Although I studied at the Morteau high school (formerly CET) in the 1980s, it is only some fifteen years later that I returned there, on the other side of the workbench, to pass on the knowledge and know-how in watchmaking. Once again, what a pleasure to see these young people so motivated!
There are two things I often say to students:
- When you make watches, it's so busy that you never look at the time.
- In watchmaking, you save time by taking your time."
What Thierry doesn't tell you is that he is also Meilleur Ouvrier de France in watchmaking, a mission to pass on watchmaking excellence!
Jean-Marie Desgrange, builder of time
Passionate eclectic, transmission as modus operandi
"My first extra-professional passion is playing jazz piano in a group.
Rather Cartesian I admit, I have always been interested in mechanical sciences and technologies, as well as in astronomy. As a child, I loved to create and invent and I am still eager to learn. I also like to renovate and repair to give new life to obsolete objects.
For all these reasons, I oriented my student training in microtechnology and robotics and started working in research and development.
I was able to seize several opportunities that made my career evolve, towards teaching in micromechanical construction, then in watchmaking. Passionate about what is new and inaccessible for me, I was quickly seduced by watchmaking. I naturally passed on this passion to my son."
Antoine Tschumi and Frédéric, designers for our watch brand
The harmony of the Maison Alcée clock
Antoine is a creative by nature, he likes to design desirable products in line with the soul of a brand. He marvels at the raw texture of an impressionist painting as much as at the delicacy of a sculpture.
For Frédéric, what matters is beauty and aesthetics, especially in the world of watchmaking.
Frédéric and Antoine worked hand in hand to create the watch that will make you dream.
Maison Alcée, a history of transmission
Keeping watchmaking alive while returning to childhood memories through high-end do-it-yourself
In order to give back all their lustre to the crafts, Maison Alcée becomes a guide in the meanders of the assembling of objects with a beautiful aesthetic, aligning its horizons with those of the professions that it does not wish to see disappear.
To escape into a manual practice, to slip into the skin of a craftsman is a nice way of preserving the richness of these trades which do not always get the recognition they deserve.
Rather than castigating a heritage in decline, the founder of this House does not cry foul and encourages the desire to rub shoulders with the work of a goldsmith.
Durability of your Persée clock
Sharing the watchmaking gesture
All our parts are tested one by one and then assembled to ensure and check the quality of each component.
This high quality standard will allow for the object to be passed on from generation to generation.
You are therefore the custodian of your own timepiece. Your Persée may need a surface cleaning or oiling in a few years. We count on you to do the revision! All explanations are included in the booklet and we will be available to accompany you.
As you now know, our Persée can be disassembled and assembled over and over again. If in a few years you want to share this passion with your child and pass on your knowledge of watchmaking, that would be our greatest achievement.
The uniqueness of your watchmaking experience
Your customisable timepiece
Your clock will be unique. You will have assembled it yourself and it will keep the traces of your hands.
It is up to you to choose between the three proposed variations and above all to decide when building your timepiece whether you prefer to have it in a horizontal or vertical position.
When you have finished the assembly, we will send you the plate with your initials and your limited edition number. You will then join the tiny circle of daring minds of Maison Alcée, having succeeded in the achievement of their own timepiece.