WATCHMEN features interviews
with leading practitioners and conceptual artists
from the watch industry.
episodes are minimum 25min duration unless stated
WATCHMEN SERIES 1 [20x26min
Ep 1 Antoine Preziuso & Greubel Forsey
Antoine Preziuso is a one-of-a-kind Master Watchmaker
in fine Swiss watch making today. With a recent
return to the essence to authentic watch creation,
these latest years are exactly the right time
for the Antoine Preziuso style to become a classic.The
fact that he assembled his first timepiece at
the age of 7, finished at the top of his class
at the Ecole d’Horlogerie of Geneva and went on
to work for the most prestigious names in Geneva’s
Haut de Gamme.."
the launching of their first Invention the Double
Tourbillon 30° in 2004, Robert Greubel and Stephen
Forsey, French and English Inventor Watchmakers
marvelled knowledgeable watch devotees with a
new Tourbillon mechanism adapted specifically
for the wristwatch. Only a handful of timepieces
leave the atelier each month due to the sophisticated
movement and exquisite finishing. The Inventor
Watchmakers are committed to pure technical innovation
and are dedicated to inventing new movements that
have never existed in watchmaking history.
Ep 2 McGonigle & MB&F
Based around one very simple and fundamental ideal:
to assemble dedicated Collectives of talented
horological artisans, artists and professionals
– all friends – to design and craft each year
a radical and original horological masterpiece.
By nurturing teams of talented individuals, harnessing
their passion and creativity and crediting each
individual's essential role, MB&F uses their
synergy to become much greater than the sum of
its parts. MB&F is above all a human adventure...
a human adventure with just one goal: to create
incredible horological machines."
benefited from years working in Switzerland producing
complicated watches and prototypes, and restoring
antique horological pieces for the most exclusive
watch houses, we have decided to start making
watches under our own name. With McGonigle Watches,
we aim to create unique timepieces of exceptional
precision and quality and revitalise a tradition
of watchmaking in Ireland.
ep3 Breguet & Bell & Ross watches
& ROSS watches
Bell Ross is a Swiss watch company headed by French
designers Bruno Belamich and Carlos A. Rosillo.
The brand was launched in 1992, and the first
watches were designed by Belamich and Rosillo
and made by a German watchmaker, Sinn. They
comprised a group of designers and specialists
of aircraft and space controls joined with a set
project: to create watches perfectly suiting a
professional use. Nowadays astronauts, pilots,
divers or bomb disposal experts use Bell Ross
watches as tools for their missions."
Billionaire Industrialist credited with saving
the Swiss Watch Industry
Ep4 & DeWitt & Cornelius Watches
direct descendant of Napoleon [Queen Elizabeth
is his cousin]DeWitt has established itself in
less than five years within the very selective
circle of rare contemporary and innovative Haute
Horlogerie Brands. The DeWitt spirit is driven
by passion and creative boldness, perpetually
oriented towards the unexplored mysteries of tomorrow's
watchmaking art. Technological avant-garde and
powerful designs blend in with an exclusive signature
which sublimates the values of beauty, elitism
and lasting quality.
Cornelius & Cie uses vintage watch movements
in proprietary cases of classic but innovative
design. Every single part of the movements is
embellished by hand, skeletonised, engraved by
Kees Engelbarts, and rhodium or gold plated, offering
customers extensive possibilities for very special
personalised engravings of movements. The top
of the barrel will be engraved by Kees with a
text or a picture, turning each watch into an
extremely personal one. The engraving can daily
be seen through an opening in the dial."
Ep5 Chronode, Rebellion & Gronefeld
& Bart Gronefeld
name Grönefeld and the art of watchmaking have
a family history spanning nearly one hundred years,
originating in the small and ancient town of Oldenzaal
located in The Netherlands. It is there, in a
shop directly under the view of the ancient basilica
church and its tower dating from 1240, that the
grandfather of the present watchmakers, Johan
Grönefeld, began his career as a watchmaker in
1912. Both Tim and Bart Grönefeld underwent extensive
training in Switzerland, and within a relatively
short span of time proved themselves adept world
specialists in the production of the most coveted
and exquisite horological complications of all:
the tourbillon and the minute repeater wristwatch.
After 8 years with Renaud & Papi, where Bart
was workshop manager and responsible for training,
Tim in charge of escapements and regulating and
assembling tourbillons, they returned to the Netherlands
in 1998 to set up their own service workshop.
In 2008 Tim and Bart presented the first watch
bearing their own name, the GTM-06 Tourbillon
REBELLION Steve Clerici
Steve Clerici's passion to be a "Rebel with
a cause". To produce very individual watches.
Machine N°1's transcendental in-house movement
bears testimony to the enormous talent of its
creators. Jean-François Mojon and his team at
Chronode (Best Watchmaker Prize at the 2010 Grand
Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève). Guvinda Srivastava
Anadi embodies passion and sensuality - a true
luxury sports car. A Thoroughbred from Italy.
As a manufacturer Soleil believes that a car should
not only be a mode of transportation but a representation
of a person’s cultural identity. The Anadi represents
years of technology, experience and limitless
Ep6 & Charles Ouden , Vyscocil, Prescher
Berthot CHARLES OUDIN [Paris]
A student and colleague of Breguet, Oudin was
a distinctive and often overlooked protege of
the great master."
washed me on land on September 26th, 1964, and
confronted me with a most important question 16
years later: ‚What are you going to do?'.
My answer was: ‚watchmaker'. Fate smiled
and answered: ‚Ok, you're going to be toolmaker!'.
Back then I could not understand this initial
irritation, but meanwhile I'm very happy with
this stroke of fate. Because of this decision
I now know the promise of university studies,
worked independently and on my own responsibility
as a draughtsman, developed machines and - along
the way - could indulge to my passion: watchmaking!
By the time his atelier was founded, this predisposition
á complication had already made him well known
in collector's circles, with complicated antique
watches by the likes of A. L Breguet, Thomas Earnshaw,
Girard Perregaux, Adolf Lange, John Arnold, Patek
Philippe, Urban Jurgensen, LeRoy, Thomas Mudge
and Thomas Tompion arriving to Twann for restoration.
Ep7 & Frank Jutsi, Scott Devon & Vianney
purpose of creating DEVON was to enable a customer
to find “any product in any category to make their
heart beat faster.” This goal translates into
a uniquely engineered store that offers everything
from minimalistic motorcycles complimented by
intricate men’s timepieces, to futuristic TRON-inspired
jewelry that can be paired with premium denim
that hugs a woman’s curves like nothing else.
Frank Jutsi [Swiss]
Frank Jutzi is an independentFrank Jutzi table
clock with tourbillon watchmaker, the member of
AHCI, the creator of table clock and wristwatches.
Frank is one of the watchmakers who prefer watches
with tourbillon. All his models whether it is
table clock or wristwatches equipped with open
tourbillon which makes a perfect view."
from the watchmaking school of Paris in 1981,
Vianney Halter spent the first ten years of his
professional life with the restoration of old
clocks, pocket- and wristwatches. This enabled
him to acquire a broad knowledge of horology.
Independent since 1994, he imagined and realized
various timepieces for famous brands. Strong of
this background, he realizes his own watch in
1998, the Antiqua. This perpetual calendar has
been presented at the Basle Fair in 1998 at the
AHCI boot, which he is member of since 2000.
Ep8 Celcius, Black Sand, Eva Leube
Pruvot & Edouard MEYLAN
it a pocket-phone-watch or a watch cell phone?
It is above all a resolutely novel nomadic object
that pushes the boundaries of imagination. A flying
tourbillon more offset than any existing model
and powered by the patented "Remontage Papillon"
endows this nomadic object with an extraordinary,
"Eva Leube [Sydney]
Eva Leube had a vision of a timepiece curving
elegantly around her wrist like a piece of jewellery,
bearing a beautiful movement arcing gracefully
with the contours of its case. Taking four long
years to develop and create, 'Ari' is the hard-won
realisation of Eva’s dream; a watch consummately
presenting the inordinately complex as simple
and uncluttered… and stunningly beautiful.
BLACK SAND Watches [Swiss]
Ep9 Hautlence & Zenith
"HAUTLENCE Guillaume Tetu
A group of passionate watch engineers from "Neuchatel"
[the anagram of Hautlence!].
in 1865 by Georges Favre-Jacot, ZENITH became
one of the most mythical and prestigious Swiss
watch manufactures. Born in 1969, the El Primero
movement remains today the fastest automatic chronograph
and the most precise in the world. Drawing inspiration
from the legacy of its young and brilliant founder,
ZENITH forges a unique style, classical and yet
innovative, the link between tradition and modernity.
Ep10 Urban Jurgensen, Claret & Bexei
Claret watches are an inspired reflection of watchmaking
genius expressed through its most powerful manifestation:
perpetual emotion. Playful, creative and unconventional,
these “machines” are highly complex and original
models intended for devotees of rare and subtly
offbeat products that are nonetheless firmly positioned
in the sphere of Haute Horlogerie. In his constant
quest for three-dimensional innovations, Christophe
Claret draws upon the best of traditions in order
to forge his own legend. Like the great multi-starred
chefs who practice the art of high gastronomy
by working with classic products, he creates tomorrow’s
watches while respective the immense legacy of
Haute Horlogerie. His credo: “In watchmaking,
everything has already been done, and everything
has yet to be invented.”
Becsei was born in Budapest and is the 3rd generation
of a watchmaker dynasty. In order to develop himself
as a watchmaker and to get the necessary practical
experiences he started to work on watch repairs
with his father."
"URBAN JORGENSEN Dr Helmut Crott
Urban Jürgensen & Sønner Copenhagen continues
to produce complicated watches in classical styles
as individual examples or in very small series.
A group of eight highly qualified watchmakers,
working in four different workshops, produce exclusively
- Maitre du Temps & Peter Speake-Marin
Holtzmann - La Chaux de Fonds
du Temps is not so much a new watch company as
an entirely new horological concept. Founded by
Mr. Steven Holtzman, it brings groups of master
watchmakers together to develop exclusive timepieces.
inspiration and knowledge gleaned from working
in restoration of historic treasures fired his
desire to work and further his knowledge of watchmaking
to an even higher level. Returning to Switzerland
in 1996 to work on modern watches he specialised
in complications both building them and in their
development. In 2000, after 15 years of study
he embarked on his personal dream; an independent
workshop in which he could design and build his
HYT , Grieb Benzinger & Van der Klaauw watches
new concept watch has been built which is the
first ever to combine both mechanical and liquid
engineering. The new concept watch has been created
by master watch maker Vincent Perriard & Co
and is called the HYT H1 and comes with the hefty
price tag of $45,000, with a titanium case. The
H1 uses liquid-driven pistons as well as gears
to tell the time. The Pistons in the movement
move the bellows, which then push green fluorescein
liquid around the dial to indicate the time. Unveiled
at the Basel World 2012 show, the timepiece is
known to use advanced fluid mechanic sciences
to display time, and carry on with its daily functions
with near perfect balancing.
& Benzinger You can feel the time spent to
create a handcrafted masterpiece. It is a sensual
experience of history and time. You can hear the
stories that our timepieces tell. They are written
especially for you. You can see the harmony of
composition that underlies a particular timepiece.
It is a feast for the eye. GRIEB & BENZINGER
PLATINUM. Handcrafted masterpieces reinterpreted
Van der Klaauw
making his wristwatches, Christiaan van der Klaauw
drew his inspiration from astronomy, just like
he did with his clocks. His first wristwatch was
the 'Satellite du Monde'. His recent "Planetarium"
was inspired by astronomers like Christiaan Huygens
and Eise Eisinga."
- Ulysse Nardin & Eric Giroud design
Giroud created his own design studio in 1998 and
mainly focuses on the design and development of
some of the most original timepieces for Harry
Winston, MB&F and others. He considers his
job an interface between man and industry. His
method of work is mainly based on human exchanges
and research, both stylistic and technical."
Hoffmann - CEO
Watch Manufacturer Ulysse Nardin was founded in
1846. Ulysse Nardin has been dedicated to excellence
for over 165 years in manufacturing mechanical
watches. Among the most reliable ever made, Ulysse
Nardin's marine chronometers are still sought
by collectors around the world. Ulysse Nardin
continues to be in the forefront of watchmaking
technology by pioneering new materials in manufacturing
high precision movement components and most innovative
Andersen & Montegrappa
Andersen, worked in several famous watch shops
in the Valaisian Alps, Lucerne and Geneva until
he got engaged by Patek Philippe in 1969. In 1979
he started as independent creator and ever since
he continues to surprise the connoisseurs and
collectors world-wide with his amazing watch creations
of technical and artistic perfection.
is an elite Italian brand, mastered in manufacturing
writing instruments. Celebrating its centenary
in 2012, world renowned authors from Ernest Hemingway
to Paulo Coelho penned their famous works using
- Patrizzi & Blu
Watches Bernhard Lederer
Blu-Planet, one of the first orbiting timepiece
collection, has found its prestigious expression.
This original platinum/white-gold jewellery watch
was crafted by Bernhard Lederer, the horological
creator behind Blu, the Swiss watchbrand that
explores new ways of expressing time with advanced
Creator of Antiquorum , the world’s leading
watch auctioneer, which has unlike any other auction
house in the world, carved a niche for itself
by promoting its passion for watch and clock collecting.
- Sinclair Harding Clocks & BRM
in 1967, Sinclair Harding honours the historical
tradition of fine English clockmaking. The exquisite
detail of each clock is testament to this skill
and dedication, with every delicate stage of production
carried out in the Yorkshire based workshop. Every
clock Sinclair Harding makes is lovingly crafted
to suit your individual requirements and your
involvement is encouraged at all stages during
production of what will become a treasured heirloom.
Clients are welcome to visit the workshop to appreciate
first hand the trademark skill and dedication
of Robert Bray and his fellow craftsmen.
a BRM watch for the first time is like admiring
a line of cars with extraordinary engineering
on the starting line of a mythical race. The superior
mechanical performance unites with human desire
to surpass ordinary expectations : to push the
outer limits of human indulgence ! Wearing one
of these superb time pieces makes a personal statement
Ep17: Lang Heyne, Corum
HEYNE Marco Lang
Lang was born in 1971 and grew up in the atmosphere
and challenge of the Dresden watch making tradition.
As a fifth - generation watchmaker, he could already
learn by observing his father Rolf Lang who worked
as head restorer in the Mathematical / Physical
Cabinet (Mathematisch Physikalischer Salon), one
of the world-famous collections of watches and
precision mechanical instruments.
in 1955 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, CORUM
has always taken pride in being a refreshingly
different and forward-thinking Swiss timepiece
manufacturer. Renowned for innovation and exquisite
craftsmanship, CORUM's offerings of unique and
unusual timepieces convey excitement and passion
throughout an impressively varied collection.
Ep18 : Urwerk, RW Smith
is in my blood. I am the son and the grandson
of watchmakers. The first musical concert I remember
was played by the more than 50 clocks tick-tocking
in his atelier in our home. I was a watchmaker
by birth and am now a watchmaker by passion."
SMITH Roger Smith
of George Daniel, Roger Smith reinterprets the
past, combining them with modern horological developments
such as the Daniels co-axial escapement in order
to create exclusive and distinctly English wristwatches
for the connoisseurs of today.
Ep19 Chronoswiss, Jorg Hysek
watches are a hundred years behind the times”.
A certain feeling of unrest keeps me going not
only making watches but continually improving
them. This means nothing more than bringing them
up to the same standards of technical perfection
and precision, the same aesthetic clarity as 100
years ago. This fascination of watchmaking you
will find in all my watches.
concept, a trinity of three talented artists Jorg
Hysek, Valérie Ursenbacher and Fabrice Gonet working
together in total harmony for many years, evolves
continuously and never ceases to strive for new
heights of excellence. The subtle bond between
fine watchmaking and high tech gives a new direction
to 21st century watches, marvels of design and
resolutely oriented towards the future.
Ep20 : Biever's Hublot, Kari Voutilainen
Big Bang models of grandiose proportions diameter
illustrate the four elements of Hublot’s
new fusion concept: traditional Swiss watchmaking,
visionary artistic ideas, the blending of materials
and the latest technological advances. The new
model also demonstrates the company’s legendary
design skills. The angles have been sharpened
slightly to accentuate the multilayered complexity
of the enlarged case.
are watchmakers today who are craftsmen, but do
not innovate, and there are those who innovate,
but only in theory and with computers, but leave
the actual crafting for others to do, and then
there are those who innovate and craft, however,
it is not beautiful: it is strictly about function
- not about art. This, in fact, is quite normal.
We don't usually find, nor expect, one watchmaker
to have all of these qualities.