Tuesday, February 28, 2017

AHCI Celebrates its 30th Anniversary at Baselworld 2017

This year AHCI celebrates its 30th anniversary at Baselworld 2017 and 9 of its exceptional watch and clockmakers will be exhibiting their creations on the AHCI booth (Hall 2.0 C15) along with 3 candidates and 5 new applicants 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. 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 contribute 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.

With the sponsoring of F.P. Journe, the AHCI were able to organise the Young Talent Competition in 2016. This contest was a great success and we would like to say thank you to Francois Paul for his support and efforts to help us in this and congratulate the winners Anton Sukhanov, Anna-Rose Kirk, Tristan Ledard.

Last year the AHCI exhibited at several exhibitions around the globe. These included Münich Time in October 2016, the Shenzen Watch and Clock Fair where nine 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.

In November, seven members participated at Salon QP in London under the AHCI banner. Also in November Vianney Halter, Antoine Preziuso and Andreas Strehler gave a series of master-classes at the Dubai Watch Week.

The Jury for the Gaïa Prize 2016 awarded Vianney Halter a laureate in the category Craftsmanship-Creation for his contribution to the renewal of aesthetic and technical codes in contemporary watchmaking. Aniceto Pita owner of Pita Barcelona, was also honored by receiving an award for his contribution to artisan watchmaking from the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemonti Casamajó. In January 2017, two members of the AHCI were awarded the international prize at SIWP Awards 2016, Vianney Halter and Konstantin Chaykin.

AHCI has now 34 active members, 5 candidates and 8 honorary members from 14 different countries.

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