Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology


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Recognition of today’s independent watchmakers as contemporary artists.

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Hajime Asaoka realized his first tourbillon in 2009, he’s considered one of the leading watchmakers in Japan & Asia. He uses hand-crafted techniques & modern technology such as CAD/CAM, he’s designed watches & manufactured movements, cases & dials.

“For me, ‘haute horlogerie’ is the only measure by which to express myself. I express myself by observing the principles of nature with my five senses, & I then realize what I have observed by designing & manufacturing in watchmaking” –Hajime Asaoka

Incredible, precious timepieces

A great watch does exactly what great art does – it touches the spirit

13 watchmakers, 13 talented designers, 13 genius inventors: 13 artists!

They make every component of their creations by hand, innovating within the framework of a distinguished tradition. They’re the custodians of a centuries-old culture, that of handcrafted haute horlogerie.

Watchmakers offer the fruit of thousands of hours spent at their workbenches, exceptional skills, great ideas, audacity, ambition and all the horological culture you need to create, slowly & with love, true art.

Modern art house, Maxima Gallery presents the first travelling art exhibition featuring the world’s leading independent watchmakers, hosted within prestigious art venues. Represents a diversity of artists from Switzerland, France, Germany, United Kingdom and Finland as fine watchmaking springs from the mind rather than a geographical region A collection of masterful timepieces with impeccable design; pathological attention to detail; meticulous attention to choices of materials, colors, textures, finishes and shapes.

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Ludovic Ballouard

In 2009, Ballouard embarked on his greatest dream: to create his own watches. With collectors waiting impatiently, Ludovic created his first timepiece, the Upside Down watch. Today Ludovic Ballouard operates out of his workshop in the Genevan countryside. Watch enthusiasts worldwide await his next model.

“For me watchmaking is a marriage of factors, such as quality, creativity and true craftsmanship, along with rarity. It is the idea that the product is a part of the person who has created the piece, comparable to their DNA. You do not buy a timepiece solely for the sake of time presentation, you acquire a piece that makes you a part of someone’s universe.” –Ludovic Ballouard

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Christophe Claret

Claret learned his craft alongside Roger Dubuis, before opening his own vintage restoration workshop in the family home in France.

In 2009, he launched the DualTow, this is when the public at large finally discovered the talents of this exceptional watchmaker, already acclaimed by his peers.

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George Daniels

George Daniels was perhaps the most unlikely man to become an outright master of horology. Brought up in abject poverty in London, and spending much of his childhood on the streets, he nevertheless showed early aptitude by taking apart and reconstructing the family’s only alarm clock.In 1968, Daniels created his first pocket-watch for a friend, Sam Clutton, who convinced him that his future lay in handcrafted high-end timepieces.

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De Bethune (Denis Flageollet)

Denis Flageollet is from a family of watchmakers. Known today as one of the finest watchmakers of his time, he promotes a contemporary vision of watchmaking. De Bethune has developed 26 calibers, presented 30 world firsts, filed a number of patents and launched 150 one-of-a-kind models.

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Philippe Dufour

Philippe Dufour is one of the world’s finest watchmakers & a passionate ambassador for preserving & promoting the art & craft of haute horlogerie for the next generation of master watchmakers.

The first watch he designed the most demanding complication of them all, a grande et petite sonnerie with minute repeater pocket watch.

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Laurent Ferrier

As the son and grandson of watchmakers, Laurent Ferrier, the emblematic figure of the brand that bears his name, is attached to the excellence of traditional watchmaking crafts.

Nowadays, Laurent Ferrier develops his own watches from conception to production. He is backed by his son, Christian, who carries the art of watchmaking to the fourth generation.

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Romain Gauthier

Romain was born in 1975 in the Vallée de Joux, the heart of fine Swiss watchmaking. He’s the founder of the high-end Swiss watch brand Romain Gauthier. His timepieces that have been hailed for their eye-catching designs, innovative mechanisms and extremely high level of hand-finishing.

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Vianney Halter

After graduating Paris Watchmaking School in 1980, Vianney Halter makes stunning atypical timepieces in a traditional manner, using his own technical patents and designs. When he presented his first model, the Antiqua Perpetual Calendar in 1998, the watch was immediately regarded as a ‘relic from the future’.

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Christian Klings

Klings known for his sublime tourbillons is a craftsman in all components, including cases, dials, hands, bridges, wheels and crowns, are designed and made by hand using old-fashioned watchmaking tools. His hand-finishing, guilloche dials & unique decorations give his timepieces character.

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Jean Daniel Nicolas (Damiel Roth)

Daniel Roth’s grandfather & great-grandfather were both watchmakers in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

In 2001, he created the Jean Daniel Nicolas two-minute tourbillon. The tourbillon is the only watch Roth makes today.

“Haute horlogerie’ is an art form, a requirement of the artisans who do not measure their time in order to perfect techniques based on the tradition of creating the most authentic watchmaking masterpieces. The embodiment of my passion for this craft is the rich heritage of the master watchmakers. Since I arrived in the Vallée de Joux, finding myself in this fascinating universe of incredible know-how has been like an electric shock.” –Jean Daniel Nicolas

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Roger Smith

Smith created a true standard-bearer for British technology & innovation, the GREAT Britain watch. Its fame comes from its dial among the most complex ever made by hand.

“‘Haute horlogerie’ is ultimately about striving for the peak of perfection. For me, this has been about mastering the Daniels Method of watchmaking where one maker designs & builds a watch by hand & then, to achieve the truest expression of this approach, creates a watch that appears untouched by the hand of its creator, as if it has simply come into being.” –Roger Smith

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Kari Voutilainen

Over the last 15 years Kari Voutilainen has devoted himself to developing new & unique mechanisms. Following this passion, he established his business as an independent Artist Watchmaker in the village of Motiers in 2002.

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Acc Art Books (June 10, 2018)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 252 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1851499075
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1851499076
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.14 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10.04 x 1.09 x 11.69 inches

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