Following Vianney Halter, Kari Voutilainen, Ludovic Ballouard and the Grönefeld brothers, the Ekso Watches Gallery has once again given us an occasion to experience a remarkable encounter. We met an unusual watchmaker a few weeks ago: Andreas Strehler, a true “creator” of extraordinary watches.
Who is Andreas Strehler?
Born in 1971, Andreas Strehler always wanted to be an inventor and creator of “machines”, as he puts it. He began with a master watchmaker who taught him to “repair” watches. Then, in 1987, he took horology training at the Frauenfeld school, permitting him to turn his passion for mechanical things into a profession.
He next joined the prototype department of the Renaud et Papi workshops; here he earned his first stripes in building and developing complication mechanisms. He stayed there 4 years. Following this enriching experience, he founded his own workshop to satisfy his growing appetite for creating his own work in complete independence.
Designing a timepiece from A to Z is primordial for Andreas; he wanted no limits on his ideas and sought to create completely new watches that didn’t build on what had come before. This is how he came to develop his own watches. In addition to his own creations, he also designs movements for H. Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, Maurice Lacroix and Maitres du Temps (which we will tell you about soon).
In 2008 Andreas Strehler presented his Papillon watch, followed in 2012 by the Cocon and then the Sauterelle watches. Unique names for timepieces created with minimalist mechanical movements, designed like virtually living organisms. Their principles of aesthetics both renew and reinterpret traditional watchmaking art.
We invite you to discover this close encounter with Andreas Strehler, who lets us see a part of himself through his creative work:
Andreas Strehler – Papillon
Andreas Strehler – Cocon
Andreas Strehler – Sauterelle
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