Discover Young DANISH Watchmaker Disrupting The SWISS Watch Industry!
Exploring the Art of Watchmaking with R.B. Andor: A Journey from Restoration to Creation
Introduction to R.B. Andor and His Watchmaking Journey
Hello and welcome to Swiss Watch Gang. Today, we're introducing a new watchmaker, R.B. Andor from Denmark. Andor's journey in watchmaking is both long and short, marked by a lifelong fascination with watches. His career began with a formal education in watchmaking, followed by gaining experience in artisanal watchmaking under Thomas Prescher. Andor's work with Prescher exposed him to extraordinary timepieces, including the Triple Axis Tourbillon.
Transition to Restoration and Conservation
After his stint with Prescher, Andor returned to Denmark, where for the last decade, he has been involved in the restoration and conservation of historical timepieces. This work includes handling watches and clocks dating from 1600 to modern times. Through this, he gained insights into the craftsmanship behind both exceptional and mediocre watches.
Creation of His Own Brand
Driven by his passion, Andor ventured into creating his own brand. His goal is to contribute to the 4,500-year-long tradition of horology. He aims to leave his mark in history by crafting unique watches that stand out in both design and functionality.
The First Series Production Watch: Buya
Andor's first series production watch is named "Buya," symbolizing new beginnings. It features a 42 mm case in steel and raw bronze, with a raw brass dial. The watch is designed to patinate over time, reflecting the wearer's lifestyle. Andor crafted most parts of the watch, including the crown, bezel, case back, dial, hands, and screws.
The Evolution of Design and Functionality
Andor's collection evolved with the introduction of a 38 mm version of the Buya, catering to preferences for smaller watches. This version includes design modifications like center lugs and an easy change strap system. Andor's commitment to quality and authenticity is evident in his choice of materials and construction techniques, ensuring the longevity and restorability of his watches.
The Latest Creation: A Unique Time Indication Watch
Andor's latest piece is a prototype of a new series, limited to 10 pieces. Inspired by a mechanism in a tower clock in Copenhagen, this watch features a novel time indication method using revolving discs and stationary hands. The design pays homage to Copenhagen's watchmaking heritage, particularly from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s. The movement is constructed with a 3/4 plate and features a unique escapement, reflecting the Copenhagen style.
Pricing and Availability
The watches in Andor's collection are priced between €6,000 and €8,000. The latest prototype is priced at 26,000 Swiss Francs. Andor emphasizes transparency and fairness in pricing, balancing quality and affordability.
Looking ahead, Andor plans to explore more novel escapements and unique time displays, including wandering hours and jumping hours. He remains committed to delving deeper into Copenhagen's watchmaking history and bringing innovative designs to life.
R.B. Andor's journey in watchmaking is a testament to his dedication to the craft. From restoration to creating his own brand, he has shown a deep understanding and respect for horological traditions while pushing the boundaries with innovative designs.
A young Danish watchmaker is disrupting the Swiss watch industry with innovative designs, materials, and movements, offering unique, handcrafted timepieces with transparent pricing and a focus on longevity and easy customization.
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