Founded in 1985, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, or “AHCI”, is a Society of Advanced Watch Technologists with creativity and transformation in the world’s top watchmaking professions. For 30 years, the name has enjoyed world renown and has become the most influential and creative watchmaker symbol. At present, the association gradually spread to other parts of the world to absorb more creative and skilled, but not without being buried in the traditional watchmaking watchmaking division, with each other to promote the exchange and growth of the environment, but also provides a common development, show The right stage for your own talent.
始创于1985年的瑞士独立制表人协会（Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants）简称“AHCI”， 是世界顶级制表专业领域中，具有创造力和变革精神的高级腕表技师们组成的学会。30年来，这个名字已经享誉世界，成为最具影响力和创造力的制表人象征。目前，协会逐渐向全球其他国家地区蔓延，吸纳更多的拥有创意和技艺、却无不甘埋没于传统制表厂的制表师，有了彼此提携交流成长的环境，更提供了共同发展、展现自己天分的合适舞台。
Svend Andersen was born in Denmark in 1942. He absolved a four years’ apprenticeship as watchmaker before coming to Switzerland in 1963. He first worked at Gubelin Lucerne in the after-sales service. In 1965 he joined Gubelin Geneva. In 1969 he made, as a hobby, his first Bottle Clock and he was named the “Watchmaker of the impossible”. Indeed, nobody had ever realized such a clock!
Svend Andersen launched his own workshop in the late 70’s after having spent 9 years at Patek Philippe in their Atelier des Complications. He has been developing complicated watches like the annual/perpetual calender, and even Secular Perpetuel Calender that will show the date without adjustment up to and beyond 2400.
He designed his first World Time watch in 1989. Since then he has been developing many World Time watches and pièces uniques. Other iconic timepieces are the collection of Eros watches and Montres A Tact. Eros watches carry the most complicated erotic automaton available on the market with up to 15 moving parts. Montre A Tact watches have 2 reading time windows on the case of the watch and no hands.
As co-founder of AHCI Svend Andersen has served as chairman of the association since 1985.
The creations of Vincent Calabrese, a self-taught,
iconoclastic watchmaker-philosopher represent provocative challenges to mechanical traditions in general and to
horological traditions in particular.
Felix Baumgartner was born 1975 in Schaffhausen into a watchmaking family. During his childhood he was
surrounded by exceptional and complicated timepieces
in his father’s restora-tion atelier which forged his
Philippe Dufour, born in Valle de Joux, the cradle of
Swiss watchmaking and center. At the age of 15, he
went to the craft school in Sentier to study the watch
and became Master Watchmaker in 1967
The Antoine Preziuso came to appreciate the precious
natureof time from a very early age. His fascination with watchmaking made him eager to begin training in this field,
and by the age of 21 this young man in a hurry had
graduated at the top of his class as a fully qualified
watchmaker and restorer.
John grew up in Athlone in Ireland and attended the Irish/Swiss Institute of Horology.Responding to the
lure of Switzerland, John worked with such classic
marques as Audemars Piquet and Christophe Claret, garnering valuable experience working on complicated watches and developing Prototypes.
Andreas Strehler is a Swiss independent watchmaker,
in 1995 named after his own brand. With an innate gift, with one glance, he can intuitively infer the design and operation of a mechanical device.
URWERK was born from a meeting in 1995 between Felix,
his brother both gifted watchmakers – and Martin Frei, a
talented artist and designer. These young men were united
by their common passion for measuring and portraying time. A long discussion, a sharing of philosophies and dreams, culminated in a decision to create their own vision of time.
Few watchmakers have achieved so many accomplishments in
such a small period of time.In just over 20 years, Andreas Strehler has developed unique movements for the world’s leading brands
and created record breaking timepieces revered by watch
collectors the world over.
Philippe Dufour personifies excellence in the handcrafting of watches, whether in his mastery of the techniques of watchmaking or the incomparable level of finish he affords to each piece. In 1992’s Basel fair. Philippe’s own brand took off.