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Shown at Baselworld 2005Andersen

BASELNEWS 2005Hommage to Andersen from Andersen

The Danish author Hans Christian Andersen is known world-wide for his fairy tales. This year on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth (1805-2005), celebrations will be held in his honour in many countries. In the years 1831 to 1872 he was one of the most travelled celebrities and visited 11 European countries.

At that time it took days and weeks to travel by stage-coach, sailing-ship and the upcoming first railway connections from Copenhagen to Berlin, Paris, Munich, Rom and his favourite destination: Switzerland. He visited this mountanous country, so different from his flat homeland Denmark, 12 times. In 1833 he spent several weeks in the horological city of Le Locle with a family of watchmakers in order to learn French.

130 years later another Dane named Andersen arrived in Switzerland: Svend Andersen, a young skilled watchmaker who, after his apprenticeship, wanted to learn how the world finest watches were made. He worked in several famous watch shops in the Valaisian Alps, Lucerne and Geneva until he got engaged by Patek Philippe in 1969.

In 1979 he started as independent creator and ever since he continues to surprise the connoisseurs and collectors world-wide with his amazing watch creations of technical and artistic perfection. Now he has decided to make a Swiss homage to Hans Christian Andersen and is creating two «Montres à Tact», one with a hand-engraved portrait, and one with a hand-painted miniature illustration of the fairy tale «The Tinder-Box». Some other projects are in preparation: «The Emperor’s New Clothes» and «The Nightingale».

The watches will be shown at «Baselworld 2005» at the booth B 01, Hall 5.1. of the AHCI, from 31st March to 7th April, 2005, and thus the 200th anniversary of H.C. Andersen will be celebrated on 2nd April, 2005.

All informations about the watch fair: BASELWORLD