Being independent is a fundamental characteristic of Vianney Halter. He has been an independent watchmaker since 1984, first as a pendulum clock repairmain, then horological developper. In 1998, he makes his first watch. By creating his own watch models, independence became even more important to him. Keeping one’s independance is to be free, and it is through this freedom that one finds inspiration and can materialize it. Vianney never had to force himself into a creative process. He does not create to please or to respond to what people expect. He listens to his own inspiration and translates it in a genuine manner. He builds the object he dreams of, without compromission. Vianney Halter works at the bench alone.
He recently decided to do all the operations himself, like he did twenty years ago, to have a better control over the quality of his products. This process can not be compatible with the overconsumption of goods that the industry wants people to indulge into. Developping a new model as an independant watchmaker requires a tremendous amount of time and resources. Once the creation is being solidified, it is vital for him to appreciate it, to honor it and to share it. This pattern allows him to keep strong in front of the pressure for constant novelty in watchmaking. « Being independant is also being more human. Being responsible for the good and the bad. At least I know that whatever I do, I do it for passion and for nothing else ». This implies that he also needs to be financially independant, with all the complexity that is associated. It also means having to learn everything you need, constantly.