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Timepieces inspired by architecture, design and the vastness of space When two watchmakers team up with architects and designers, creative products are the result. Pierre and Danuta Junod love to work with aspiring young talents and renowned personalities who come up with outstanding design ideas for watches. Together with his wife Danuta, Pierre Junod turns these design concepts into modern objects – all handmade in their Swiss workshop. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: PIERRE JUNOD
“Watchmaking is our passion,” says Pierre Junod. Piece by piece they create timeless designs and high quality, using only the best materials produced in Biel and the surrounding areas. The Swiss region is famous for watchmaking. “I have been fascinated by manufacturing watches ever since I was a child,” Pierre Junod says about learning the craft in his family’s workshop. In 1994, he finally founded his own business in Biel, where he now works with his wife Danuta. Both watchmakers enjoy working with designers and architects who had little or no experience in watch design. They bring in new ideas and perspectives, simply unique creations, Pierre Junod says. One example is the watch created by Lella and Massimo Vignelli, two NewYork-based
industrial designers. Here, flexibility is key. Rings in various colours can be put on and around the watch’s body and therefore make it wearable with many different outfits. Lella Vignelli once explained the watch design they developed: “Our basic concept was to transform the watch into a weightless object. To achieve this effect, we designed a frame that covers the case and expands the glass of the face into a subtly coloured interchangeable halo.”
watches,” Pierre Junod says, who finds the idea alone fascinating. “These meteorites are about 4.7 billion years old.” Pierre and Danuta Junod have recently opened an online shop with international shipping and started to share their passion on social media. Those who want to meet the watchmakers in person and learn about their craft are always welcome to the manufacturers’ workshop. www.pierrejunod.ch
But Pierre and Danuta Junod also create their own watch models – the Atelier Line. In their most recent design they used meteorite stone for the clock face, which looks completely different than anything else found on Earth. The outer space brought unto the wrist, so to say. It was not easy to find the right material: “At the moment we have meteorite stones for 50 Issue 44 | November 2016 | 19
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