Ludwig Oechslin, who was awarded the 2017 Hommage à la Passion prize by the Haute Horlogerie foundation, was for long the watchmaking genius behind the scenes at Ulysse Nardin before becoming the curator of the International Museum of Horology (MIH) at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Eleven years ago, he established Ochs & Junior in Lucerne, a company that goes to the essence of watchmaking.
Twenty years ago, Michel Parmigiani, a man who has made restoration an art form, set up his own brand. One whose Senfine movement promises a "historic" new departure for watchmaking.
Located in Sirnach, Switzerland, close to Lake Constance, Andreas Strehler boasts twenty years as an independent watchmaker whose business model has nothing left to prove. In constant demand as a movement developer and contractor for the industry, he also cultivates exclusivity with the timepieces he crafts under his own name.
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