Who designs our watches?

When I went to buy my Patrimony Contemporaine at an AD with the most stuning collection I have seen gathered in one place (Cellini in Waldorf Astoria, New York), I also tried several other "simple" watches. A Calatrava by PP, a LUC Chopard, a Grand Saxonia by A. Lange & Sohne, an Altiplano large by Piaget and a Master Control 1000 Hours by Jaeger LeCoultre . Every brand has a simple watch in their collection. What impresed me was that among all these very good watches the Patrimony was standing out. Something in it's design made it shine. 

Who designs our watches?
(the picture belongs to one of the Loungers but I'm afraid I don't remember to whom Who designs our watches? )

I don't know if it was the curve of the crystal, dial, hour markers and hands, the combination of the case and lugs, the combination of the 40mm case with the thickness of the case that made it look biger, the combination of dots, sticks and triangles for the hour markers, the half maltese cross at the buckle, the curved pins that bend the leather strap, the distinctive VC rose gold or a combination of all the above but the result was outstanding. It is also a watch that looks perfect no matter if you wear it with a suit, jeans shirt and pullover or (with a black strap) with a tuxedo.

OK I am in love, but the reason I'm writing this post is because I want to know more about the people that design our watches. Who are they, what attracted them in this business, their studies and to whom or which teams we owe which watch.

Alex's post "History of the development of the Tour de l'Ile grand complication" is as always amazing but I want to know more. Perhaps some interviews- presentations Jefe to learn some things from as you would say "the horse's mouth"Who designs our watches?

George
Re: Who designs our watches?
11/27/2009 - 14:18

Even when they draw their inspiration from past designs of VC's long long history like in this case the end result is quite original. You don't think so?  Photo courtesy of Paul Boutros

Re: Who designs our watches?
11/27/2009 - 14:28
Actually the first photo I think that belongs to Radek but I was confused because of his gorgeous Platinum one. Also the connection between the Patrimony Contemporaine and its grandfather was brought into light by Rei.
That is a great idea George
11/27/2009 - 22:59
...and I think that for once, I can help... the 2 main person responsible for VC's creations are Christian Selmoni and Vincent Kaufman. I had the chance to meet them both in person, they are both fantastic geniuses! Alex produced a very interesting article about one year ago, where he interviewed Christian Selmoni, focusing on the creative process at VC - if you haven't read it yet, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. But you are rigth, we should get more of that stuff - I am also very keen to read about what goes on "behind the scene", all the hard work and creativity required to produce our lovelies... Cheers, Francois
did you check out Christian Selmoni's interview in the
11/28/2009 - 00:39
Articles section? it will gove you a great overview on how VC watches come to life
Re: did you check out Christian Selmoni's interview in the
11/30/2009 - 09:50
Alex and Francois I've seen Christian Selmoni's interview and I admire how from a finance background he become Head of Product Development. I believe Francois that Christian and Vincent Caufman are geniuses. I just want to know more about Vincent Caufman's cv. Also about the 15 members of Christian's team. Are all modells a product of team work or the main inspiration and idea for a specific watch can be atributed to a specific person?
its all team work but the 15 don't only work on design, there are 4
12/02/2009 - 10:03
designers including Vincent Kaufman who all work on a specific project, there is a 3D specialists and the others are dedicated to project management and marketing.