Svend Andersen

Co-founder of the Academy in 1985
Member since 1985
Nationality: Swiss
Born: 1942 – Baekken, Denmark

Biography

Svend Andersen was born in Denmark in 1942. He absolved a four years’ apprenticeship as watchmaker before coming to Switzerland in 1963. He first worked at Gubelin Lucerne in the after-sales service. In 1965 he joined Gubelin Geneva. In 1969 he made, as a hobby, his first Bottle Clock and he was named the “Watchmaker of the impossible”. Indeed, nobody had ever realized such a clock!

Svend Andersen launched his own workshop in the late 70’s after having spent 9 years at Patek Philippe in their Atelier des Complications. He has been developing complicated watches like the annual/perpetual calender, and even Secular Perpetuel Calender that will show the date without adjustment up to and beyond 2400.

He designed his first World Time watch in 1989. Since then he has been developing many World Time watches and pièces uniques. Other iconic timepieces are the collection of Eros watches and Montres A Tact. Eros watches carry the most complicated erotic automaton available on the market with up to 15 moving parts. Montre A Tact watches have 2 reading time windows on the case of the watch and no hands.