Following recent developments around Swiss watch movements availability as well as the general enthusiasm for YEMA’s Caliber MBP1000 (more than 250,000 in-house movements sold since 2011) YEMA desires to reinforce efforts in innovation, research and development with as objective to secure our independence and further develop the know-how of our watchmakers team.
Since end 2018, YEMA has again invested in the development of two new automatic watch movements which will be exclusive to the brand:
In order to finance the investments made during the research and prototyping phase and put into mass production the new in-house calibers, YEMA aims to crowdfund once again via Kickstarter by offering its fans the opportunity to acquire the first models equipped with the new in-house calibers at an advantageous price.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW OPEN: RECEIVE EARLY ACCESS FOR DISCOUNT PRICING ON THE FIRST MODELS EQUIPPED WITH OUR NEW IN-HOUSE CALIBERS!
Following last year's successful KICKSTARTER campaign through which over $1 million was raised, YEMA proposes to renew this positive experience with the upcoming launch of 2 new Superman models in Steel-Bronze (YEMA2000 3-hands Caliber) and Bronze GMT (YEMA3000 GMT Caliber) each one made available with 2 distinct dial colors and case sizes (39mm and 41mm) including 2 straps.
Each of the 2 models is proposed as a collector's Limited Edition of 1,948 timepieces regardless the choice of dial color and case size. Available for pre-order as from Thursday 15th October, 2020 at KICKSTARTER at an attractive promotional price. Shipping scheduled for February 2021.
1948 ex. LIMITED EDITION
- In-house Caliber YEMA2000 (3 hands)
- 2 dial colors (Grey or Green)
- 39mm or 41mm
- 2 straps (Leather & Tropic)
Approx. US$ 545 (-54% off retail price)
1948 ex. LIMITED EDITION
- In-house Caliber YEMA3000 (GMT)
- 2 dial colors (Black or Blue))
- 39mm or 41mm
- 2 straps (Leather & Tropic)
Approx. US$ 749 (-58% off retail price)
Our new in-house Caliber YEMA2000 is an evolution of the MBP1000 Caliber. Several components have been improved in order to achieve fundamental gains in terms of precision and durability.
Designed, developed and assembled by our watchmakers in our Morteau (France) workshops, this new 3-hands in-house caliber combines manufacturing simplicity and efficiency offering great precision and reliability at a competitive price-quality ratio.
Among other improvements, the YEMA2000 in-house caliber comes with a new date wheel disc
YEMA has also developed an in-house GMT caliber in order to meet the growing demand for this type of movement. The new in-house Caliber YEMA3000 benefits from the improved YEMA2000 3-hands movement as a base with the addition of a GMT complication entirely developed by YEMA’s watchmakers team.
This new GMT caliber has same characteristics and performance as YEMA2000 in-house Caliber and will be used exclusively in all future YEMA GMT models.
The final YEMA3000 prototype has undergone numerous control tests including a final one carried out by the Centre Technique Horloger Français, a French independent institution founded in 1945 responsible of testing watch calibers made in France.
The results of the last Chronometric and Power Reserve Tests are satisfactory:
Over 42 hours Power Reserve and Daily Rate precision improved to +/- 10 s/d.
(available in French)
YEMA's in-house calibers FAQ's
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Known for its excellent craftsmanship, the French art of watchmaking has a longstanding tradition of excellence. It goes back more than six hundred years but it is in the 18th century that it takes off in Franche-Comté, the French region in the Jura mountains just a few miles away from Switzerland.
Watchmaking was first and foremost a meticulous craft practiced in winter as a supplementary activity by farmers living in the Jura mountains. Today the watchmaking craftsmanship is preserved by historical Franche-Comté brands like YEMA and the recurrent exchanges between skilled watch experts across the border.
YEMA's workshops are based in the small town of Morteau (Franche-Comté), surrounded by extensive pine forests in a secluded valley in the Jura mountains. YEMA is run by a third generation watchmakers‘ family of Morteau with a small scale team averaging +30 years of service. Today, YEMA and other local watchmakers are the worthy heirs of a long watchmaking tradition that goes back centuries.
All these historical and geographical elements have enabled the French Watchmaker YEMA to design their own In-house mechanical calibers.
With almost 40 years of service, Jean-Paul Boillot is YEMA's Watchmaking Master. Born into a watchmaking family for four generations, Jean-Paul has been immersed in the world of watchmaking since his earliest childhood. His parents owned a small watchmaking business in the family home, which allowed him to observe and practice the work and meticulous gestures that mechanical movements require.
“In my childhood, the Morteau valley was the cradle of French watchmaking. Each small village was crowded with family businesses dedicated to horology and watchmaking. YEMA was one of the most renowned local watch brands and the leading French watch exporter at that time. I always had in mind the idea of designing a quality French movement at an affordable price as we used to do in the past. So I was very honored to work on the development of YEMA's in-house Calibers by leading its design, prototyping and assembling.”
The French and Swiss watchmaking regions feed into each other in a synergetic way in terms of expertise and talent. 15,000 people from Morteau’s region work daily for neighbouring Swiss manufacturers while another 3,000 are employed by private label French watchmakers based between Morteau and Besançon.
YEMA actively participates in this regional watchmaking ecosystem by partnering with Lycée Edgar Faure in Morteau, which currently has more than 1,200 students. For more than 30 years, YEMA trains a dozen of apprentice watchmakers yearly through well-structured internships led by our Master Watchmaker, Jean-Paul Boillot.
French schools play an important role in the regional watchmaking ecosystem: Most alumni of Lycée Edgar Faure de Morteau work for Swiss manufactures, while 80% of Swiss watchmaking Managers are trained by the School of microtechnical engineers in Besançon (ENSMM).
YEMA also works with Morteau’s town hall on projects aiming at further developing the watchmaking activity in the region, including a watchmaking start-ups incubator that is in the works.
The Lycée Edgar Faure, in the small mountain town of Morteau, has one of the country’s most prestigious horology programs.Read this article
The renowned Morteau watchmaking school generates a continuous supply of talent to French and Swiss watchmakers (English captions activated)
Documentary filmmaker for more than 7 years, Victor Rault, who has just turned 30 years old, has lived for 2 years in Greenland onboard a boat with the Under the Pole crew of which
5 months stuck on the Arctic pack ice. From 2018 until 2019, Victor was in French Polynesia
documenting the underwater wildlife. Throughout all those adventures, the sceneries
captured by Victor were broadcasted all around the world. Victor strongly believes that
documentaries have the power to change people’s view on the world.
In 1839, Charles Darwin published The Voyage of the Beagle, a description of the state of the world in the early XIXth century, which inspired Victor to ask himself the following question: How has Mother Nature evolved ever since? His desire to find the answer led him to set out on a new exploration mission for the next 4 years and follow the footsteps of Charles Darwin.
Starting from Plymouth, Victor will be circumnavigating the world. Along the way, he will meet scientists studying the wildlife to document what has changed since Charles Darwin’s time.
Through a series of videos broadcasted every couple of weeks, Victor hopes to elevate people’s consciousness on environmental change. During his 4 years venture, Victor will explore the most remote corners of the world, whether at or under sea and on the ground through all world time zones. The very first prototype of the Superman Bronze GMT equipped with our new GMT in-house movement, will accompany Victor throughout his adventures.
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