New candidates: Ludovic Ballouard and Andreas Fritsch

The Board members of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants are pleased to announce Ludovic Ballouard and Andreas Fritsch as new AHCI Candidates.

Ludovic Ballouard
An all-round talent, independent watchmaker Ludovic Ballouard favours complex mechanisms to drive quirky jumping displays. After studying at the École d’Horlogerie in Rennes, France, a lack of local opportunities meant he spent the next six years as a technician for airplane control panels.

Eventually he left France for Switzerland, spending three years with the Franck Muller Group before joining François-Paul Journe. Over seven years he honed his skills, eventually becoming one of the few watchmakers in the atelier to work on the Sonnerie Souveraine, a grande sonnerie minute repeater.

Ludovic Ballouard has also worked on timepieces for other brands. He is, for example, the force behind the Opus XIII for Harry Winston which displays time on 59 minute hands and 11 rotating triangles for the hours.

New candidate: Ludovic Ballouard

Andreas Fritsch
Master Horologist, restorer of antique clocks and watches (Swiss diploma of the International Horological Museum of La-Chaux-de Fonds).

In 1987, he finished his apprenticeship in Hessen as State Champion and placed Second in the Federal Craft Championships. He worked in the trade for one year and then spent 3 more years in an apprenticeship to become an optician. In 1992, Andreas passed the exam as Master Horologist.

Pursuing his interest in antique clocks and watches, he moved to Switzerland for 2 years. At the International Horological Museum in La-Chaux-de Fonds , he received a 2-year training to become a technician for restoring antique clocks and watches. Andreas worked in the trade and watch industry, e.g. with Chronoswiss in Munich. There he was responsible for service of the special editions and chronographs.

In 2000, he set up his own workshop in Munich. Andreas is a member of the German Horological Society.

New candidate: Andreas Fritsch