Andreas Strehler ‘s workshop is situated in the focal point of Sirnach, which is in the northeastern piece of Switzerland – not the most helpful spot to get to for everybody. Yet, on the other hand, the items that he makes in this area are determinedly not for the masses.
A straight-talking watchmaker and specialist, since 1998 Strehler has been making entrancing watches for his eponymous image just as complications and developments for various different brands that like to remain anonymous.
Touring the premises, I immediately discovered that Strehler is something beyond a crafter, a watchmaker, or even an enthusiastic watch restorer. He works apparently easily across his three-dimensional computer stage, which encourages his innovative interaction for planning timepieces.
Strehler likes to portray from the pictures he holds in the immense inventive space in his mind straightforwardly in his computer as opposed to on conventional paper utilizing pencil as watchmakers of the past age did.
I asked the withdrawn watchmaker how it was feasible for him to take care of issues with seemingly chose simplicity and he advised me, “You should separate a bigger issue into little reasonable ones at that point address them individually.”
He likewise enthusiastically talked about the apparatus he has deliberately positioned in the exceptionally old previous material factory that is currently his workshop prior to relating a silly tale concerning the machine, which he initially had at his folks’ home: the way to the little workshop in that home must be made greater to accommodate its arrival.
Of the machines he currently claims, Strehler has adjusted some with self-made innovation to make them more effective. At the point when mechanical assembly he required didn’t exist, Strehler constructed them himself, ripping apart parts from more seasoned, presently out of date machines.
The watches bearing his name are completely assembled exclusively by hand, their components accuracy fabricated utilizing CNC and wire sparkle disintegration machines found in his workshop. Strehler drives a little group that assists with the different phases of completion.
Strehler is so certain in his plans that he doesn’t model however straightforwardly begins creation to save time.
There is next to no Strehler and his group don’t make themselves other than the sapphire gem, gems, fountainhead, and hairspring. Making just around ten watches each year, his customers is a blend of authorities, gatherers, and energetic aficionados of the brand.
Strehler even uncovered that one specific customer has bought each and every model he has at any point created. Each piece is bespoke and adjusted to meet the customer’s solicitations, which range from the case material to the dial tone and changes to the mechanism.
In different words: on the off chance that you can bear the cost of it, Strehler will make it.
Strehler sharpened his viable abilities by working for (Audemars Piguet) Renaud et Papi toward the start. He likewise procured himself a name among experts by making uncommon developments on commission from different brands, like the glimmer never-ending schedule for H. Moser & Cie. (see H. Moser & Cie. Attempt Perpetual Calendar On The Wrist ) and Maurice Lacroix’s chronograph development (see The Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Gravity: My, How Things Change ).
Additionally, Strehler worked with Harry Winston on the Opus 7 out of 2007 (see T he Harry Winston Opus Series: A Complete Overview From Opus 1 Through Opus 13 ). The 61 bits of the Opus 7 sold out within the main days of the 2007 Baselworld reasonable as indicated by the withdrawn watchmaker.
And, as recently referenced, Strehler actually produces components and makes developments for different brands notwithstanding his own watches.
Asked which of the four pieces that were introduced to me for capturing I would have decided for myself, I need to say it would be the first Papillon for its cool droning blend of silver shades that leave the spotlight to the dark butterfly-molded bridge.
The “Papillon” (“butterfly” in French), which one day rippled into his awareness by some coincidence, is a steady in Strehler’s work. Unfit to get the shape insane, he decided to adjust it into his designs.
For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.astrehler.ch.
Quick Facts Papillon
Case: 41 x 47.2 x 10 mm, palladium white gold
Development: manual twisting in-house type with twofold origin beating at “vintage” 2.5Hz/18,000 vph recurrence
Capacities: secretive hours and minutes showed by toothed sapphire gem gears
Cost: 139,000 Swiss francs