This independent brand bills its work as soulful watchmaking, and the artistic and alluring watches that the brands create are certainly soulful. Translated as Blue Mondays, Lundis Bleus was started by two friends, each of whom had had successful watchmaking runs with important brands, who introduced their first watch in 2016. Today, the brand creates watches that range from unique pieces to Métiers d’ Art watches, classical and contemporary bold watches.
Two childhood friends, Johan Storni and Bastien Vuilliomenet founded Lundis Bleus in 2016. They met in 1994 when they were both studying watchmaking in La Chaux-de-Fonds. On the 30th of December, 2004, they decided to create a new watch brand that would be available at a more accessible price point. They wanted to be transparent about the fabrication of their components and offer an efficient and friendly after-sales service — all in respect of the final consumer.
Fast forward ten years, and the Lundis Bleus project started in earnest with the first watch unveiled in November 2016. Their specialty is beautiful grand feu enamel dials and the use of natural materials, all in very limited numbers.
Before, Lundis Bleus Johan Storni worked as a movement constructor for Renaud & Papi (Audemars Piguet), La Joux Perret, and Richard Mille. Bastien Vuilliomenet was always particularly interested in the design side of watchmaking and worked for Corum and Roventa-Henex. Bastien learned how to enamel himself, scouring the internet and reading books to learn the craft. It took him about four to five years to master the art.
The brand name, Lundis Bleus, or Blue Mondays in English, refers to a practice in the watch industry when people worked six days a week, and then, on Sunday, they drank heavily and could not work on Monday. That Monday was called a Blue Monday.
Lundis Bleus is an independent company owned by its founders, Bastien Vuilliomenet and Johan Storni-
Bastien learned how to enamel himself, scouring the internet and reading books to learn the craft. It took him about four to five years to master the art.
The Essentielles Collection combines traditional watchmaking with a contemporary look. Eight references in a 40 mm stainless steel case size, with beige, brown, or green suede straps.
The Contemporaines collection prides itself on making métiers d’arts available at an affordable price. Here it is all about the dial, be it in grand feu enamel or in “Matterhorn Serpentinite” polished stone.
The Métiers d’Art collection takes its queue from the shape and design of the Essentielles Collection. However, in this line, each dial is a masterpiece of craftsmanship and ingenuity with materials.