At the AHCI you can touch the watchmaker who makes your watch.“– Svend Andersen
This year AHCI is pleased to announce that 8 of our exceptional watch and clockmakers will be exhibiting their creations on the AHCI booth (Hall 2.0 C15) along with 4 candidates and 1 new applicant for candidacy.
When founding the AHCI in 1984, the foundation members, Svend Andersen and Vincent Calabrese wanted to prove that beside industrial watch and clock manufacturing, there was also a need for manual and artistic watchmaking and that craftsmanship could still occupy an important place.
“After the advent of the quartz watches and the crisis of the 70’s we were convinced that there was a growing interest for mechanical watches.” the two founders state.
In 1985 the first exhibition took place at the watch museum in Le Locle, starting with 6 members presenting their unique creations. Today the AHCI includes more than 30 idealists from all over the world.
Their existence is based on a solid know-how of classical watchmaking. They promote exceptional horological innovations as well as special technical and artistic executions which actively contributes to the conservation and continued existence of the horological heritage.
Some of the very unusual and exceptional models of many famous watch brands and clock manufacturers are creations of our horological academicians.
Since 1987 the AHCI has participated at “Baselworld” and many other watch fairs around the globe. This allows collectors and connoisseurs of authentic horology, as well as the international press, the opportunity to get in contact with the true horologists who personally present their innovations and high grade master pieces.
“The AHCI is instrumental in helping new generation of independent watchmakers to develop their own brands.“ – Vincent Calabrese
Our mission is not only to preserve and maintain the horological heritage but also to promote this exceptional profession by offering talented young watchmakers the opportunity to realise and share their creations by exhibiting at the watch fairs together with the members of the AHCI.
Last year the AHCI exhibited at several exhibitions around the globe.
These included Shenzhen Watch and Clock Fair in June 2017, where 9 members and candidates had the opportunity to travel and exhibit in a 225 SqM stand and also attend several private events, courtesy of the Shenzen Watch and Clock Federation. Hajime Asaoka, Vincent Calabrese, Konstantin Chaykin, Aniceto Jiménez Pita and exhibiting candidates: David Candaux, Alessandro Rigotto, Lin Yong-Hua, Guo Michael Ming, Zehua Tan took part in it.
Members Hajime Asaoka, Vincent Calabrese, Daniel Jiménez Pastor from Pita Barcelona and candidates of AHCI: David Candaux, Alessandro Rigotto, Lin Yong-Hua Zehua Tan took part in the Watch Gallery by AHCI in June 2017– Hong Kong 2017
In November, 2017 9 members and candidates participated at Salon QP in London under the AHCI banner. Exhibiting members: Svend Andersen / Andersen Genève, Felix Baumgartner / URWERK, Robert Bray / Sinclair Harding, Konstantin Chaykin, Marco Lang / Lang & Heyne, Aniceto Pita / Pita Barcelona, Kari Voutilainen / Voutilainen, Exhibiting candidates: David Candaux, Alessandro Rigotto.
AHCI at Jeweluxe Singapore exhibition – October, 2017 - the first-of-its-kind exhibition of jewellery, timepieces, vintage, art, style & sophisticated living. Exhibiting members are: Aaron Becsei, Konstantin Chaykin, Vianney Halter plus a candidate: Ludovic Ballouard
AHCI has now 36 active members, 8 candidates and 8 honorary members from 14 different countries.
For more information please visit our webpage: www.ahci.ch