From a very young age, Vianney Halter was fascinated mechanics, science fiction and space exploration. Upon graduating watchmaking school, Halter spent the first decade of his professional life restoring vintage clocks and watches, working on pieces from the 16th to the 20th century. In 1990, François-Paul Journe invited the watchmaker to join Techniques Horlogères Appliquées, a collaborative movement manufacture, which also included Denis Flageollet, the founder of De Bethune. In 1998, around the same time as other notable independant watchmakers started creating pieces under their own name, Halter presented his Antiqua wristwatch. This first piece was unveiled in the context of his candidature to the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, in which Halter was sponsored by Philippe Dufour. A sort of relic of the future, it cemented the style which Halter has come to be associated with since.