As the holidays approach, many of us are on a quest to find meaningful gifts for friends and family, or perhaps something extra special to wear to all those Christmas parties. Whether you are looking for a beautiful timepiece for a loved one, or a one-off customised jewellery creation for yourself, Windeshausen Joailliers are on hand to ensure you find exactly what you are searching for.
TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER | PHOTOS: WINDESHAUSEN JOAILLIERS
‘Les autres essaient, moi, JOZ !’ ‘(Others try, I dare)’. These words perfectly reflect the ambition of talented jewellery creator Jean Windeshausen, founder and namesake of Windeshausen Joailliers. The story behind the luxury brand, which boasts three boutiques in the Benelux, began in October 1982 with the opening of Windeshausen’s first store in the Belgian town of Bastogne. This first boutique launched a hugely successful family business, which Jean’s son Lionel – also a trained jewellery creator – soon joined.
Lionel and Jean became renowned for their passion, expert knowledge and beautiful designs, and set out to look for a new space that would highlight their talent. It was in 2009 that Windeshausen made its debut in Luxembourg’s elegant City Concorde shopping complex, located in the attractive town of Bertrange.
Luxury watch brands were soon competing to be featured in the family business’ shopfront, with prestigious brands such as Rolex, Hublot, IWC, Chopard, Chanel, Cartier, Zenith, Breitling, TAG Heuer all finding their place alongside famous jewellery brands such as Messika, Hulchi Belluni and JOZ, Windeshausen’s own house collection. “The name is a nod to my fathers’ famous words, which promote individuality,” explains Lionel.
In 2013 Windeshausen opened a second boutique at City Concorde, just a few feet away from the main shop. “While our main store offers the most beautiful jewellery and watches, we opened the second boutique to cater to our clients looking for trendier models,” explains Lionel. There, shoppers can discover the latest creations by watch brands such as Swatch, Tissot, Bell & Ross, Tudor, Ebel and Frédéric Constant. Jewellery is also well represented with brands such as Fred and Dinh Van.
And for clients looking for something truly personalised, Windeshausen can create stunning, custom-made pieces in their workshop. “We can create a unique design based on your desires, your budget and your personality,” points out Lionel. Meanwhile, watch enthusiasts will appreciate the expertise of watchmakers certified by the biggest Swiss brands and the quality services of Windeshausen’s repair workshop.
Finally, keep an eye out for Windeshausen’s next exciting project coming in 2020, something still under wraps, but which will be unique in the Benelux.