12 FACES OF TIME Profiles Top Watchmakers

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The mood was refreshingly festive inside a packed pavilion in front of Hall 1 at Basel as luminaries from the world of watches gathered to celebrate Elizabeth Doerr’s new book, 12 FACES OF TIME: HOROLOGICAL VIRTUOSOS. Slated for release this fall, 12 FACES is a non-commercial, close-up look at 12 leading independent watchmakers and their mechanical masterpieces. Leonid Khankin, owner and creative director at the Swiss-American watch company Ernst Benz, threw the party to simultaneously celebrate the launch of his company’s Instrument Series and to honor the horological heroes profiled in Doerr’s book.

(L to R): Leonid Khankin, Elizabeth Doerr and Philippe Dufour enjoy the 12 FACES pre-launch festivities.

(L to R): Leonid Khankin, Elizabeth Doerr and Philippe Dufour enjoy the festivities.

Seven of the featured watchmakers attended and guests enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet and speak with this august group that included Philippe Dufour, Vianney Halter, Roger Smith, Kari Voutilainen, Felix Baumgartner, Beat Haldimann and Thomas Prescher. The watchmakers featured in the book not able to make the evening were François-Paul Journe, Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, Paul Gerber, Volker Vyskocil, and Kenji Shiohara, founder of Seiko’s Micro Arts high watchmaking studio. Those in attendance enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to meet admirers old and new.

Doerr will be keeping us informed as the project progresses, so stay tuned to WatchTime.com for 12 FACES updates.

(L to R) Leonid Khankin, Elizabeth Doerr, Kari Voutilainen, Ralf Baumgarten and Roger Smith

(L to R) Leonid Khankin, Elizabeth Doerr, Kari Voutilainen, Ralf Baumgarten and Roger Smith

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    About Mike Disher

    My name is Mike Disher and I am WatchTime's technical editor. My interest in watches dates to 1972 and I caught the internet bug in 1997. In 1999 I combined these interests by joining TimeZone.com as its first full-time employee, and later that year I attended my first Basel Fair. I managed TZ from 2000-2007, and in 2008 I joined WatchTime.

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