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The Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) organises a new exhibition, ‘Watches and Talents’.  Designed by Watches and Culture by FHH, this event will highlight the work of eight talented professionals working behind the watchmaking scenes, through video portraits and installations. 

See a short overview about the background and projects of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie here.

From 6 June, 2024 to 2 September, 2024 a new multimedia exhibition will present 8 professionals and their aspects of the craftsmanship and industrial know-how in fine watchmaking in the the Fondation Haute Horlogerie’s Arcade, located on Pont de la Machine, in Geneva.

The project dates back to 2020, when the Michelangelo Foundation for Creativity and Craftsmanship organised an exhibition in collaboration with the FHH, titled ‘Singular Talents’, inspired by the first edition of its event, Homo Faber. (Strongly recommend to check out this amazing cultural initiative too – the upcoming Homo Faber will be held in Venice, 1 – 30 September 2024.)

This series of short films highlighted the work of fifteen artisans, including four from the watchmaking industry: marquetry artisan Bastien Chevalier, master watchmaker Philippe Dufour, enameller Anita Porchet, and miniature painter Isabelle Villa. With ‘Watches and Talents’, the FHH has taken these four portraits of watchmaking artisans and added four new profiles from diverse professions — still under the lens of director Thibault Vallotton. This time, they come from the industrial sector and showcase lesser known but equally essential skills – Andreas Albert, a watchmaker specializing in balance springs, Thierry Faivre, a stamp maker, Ismaël Jäggi, a press adjuster, and Justine Jouanneau, a case finisher. 

Aurélie Streit, Vice-President of the Fondation Haute Horlogerie, declared ‘At the FHH, we continually offer new exhibitions and cultural activities designed to appeal to everyone, highlighting the watch as an object of art and culture. But with the ‘Watches and Talents’ exhibition, we reveal the lives behind the scenes, reminding us that the beating heart of watchmaking remains human. Through this work, we hope to present watchmaking and its professions from a different perspective and inspire new vocations.’ 

The Fondation Haute Horlogerie will share programs, activities and details about the event on their website.

FHH's exhibition Watches and Talents on June 5, 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by The Image Gate for FHH

Source: press release. Photo credits: FHH.
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