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Svend ANDERSEN was born in Denmark in 1942. He completed a normal and practical school and a four-year apprenticeship as a watchmaker. With his diploma of the Danish watchmaking school, integrated into the Royal Technological Institute in Copenhagen, he went to Switzerland in 1963 to see how the world’s best watches were made.
He initially worked for Gübelin Lucerne in the after-sales service and in 1965 he joined Gübelin Geneva. He was also responsible for the shop service because of his excellent language skills. In 1969 he made his first bottle clock, which was shown at the Montres et Bijoux show. This unique performance had brought him the prestigious “watchmaker of the impossible” as mentioned in the international press.
In fact no one had realized such a watch. Patek Philippe was interested in the creations of ANDERSEN, and in 1969 Svend ANDERSEN joined her “Atelier des grandes complications”. Svend ANDERSEN started his own workshop in the late 1970s, after spending 9 years with Patek Philippe.
He began his career as independent watchmaker by first production cases for Italian collectors. Satisfied with the high quality of the work, the watch collectors began to ask their own tailor-made watches (called “pièce unique”). Since then, ANDERSEN Genève has been developing sophisticated watches such as the annual calendar, the Perpetuel calendar and the leaping hour calendar.
Andersen Swiss Watches website