Andreas Strehler

Ingenious constructor Andreas Strehler is widely respected for his work as an independent master watchmaker—his own watches include the Papillon and the Opus 7 (for Harry Winston)—and as a consultant and watchmaker for prestigious brands.

After completing a watchmaker apprenticeship in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, and attending the Watchmaking School of Solothurn, Strehler worked for Renaud & Papi as chief prototypist for four years.

In 1995, he became an independent and worked on restoring antique timepieces before presenting his first creation at Baselworld in 1998: a perpetual desk calendar. In 2001, Strehler made history as the youngest watchmaker accepted as a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI), while in 2006; Strehler's Moser Perpetual 1 won the complicated watch prize at the Grand Prix de Genève.

Strehler has developed, inter alia, a brilliant switching mechanism that enables indicators to signal different functions, according to his philosophy of using complexity to provide simplicity (for the user). Not only does Strehler develop the movements for his innovative mechanisms, but he also creates many of the machines and software required for their manufacture. He has so far created as many as 30 movements and complication modules, 11 of which have been awarded patents.

For the Chapter Three Reveal, Strehler developed the technical interface between movement, complication and case, in addition to devising innovative production methods and technical solutions.

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