The Hands of Time, by Peter Speake-Marin and Ian Skellern, celebrates
the 25th anniversary
of the AHCI by chronicling the academy’s history and providing biographies and photographs
of 31 current members.
On the 8th of September 1984, Sven Andersen and Vincent Calabrese sent the following letter to the world's major
Appeal to all Artists and Craftsmen of Watchmaking
In order to promote the art of watchmaking made by craftsmen, creators and inventors of special work in the sector of watch and clock making, some interested watchmakers have decided to organise:
“The Horological Artitst 's Showcase”
This will be an exposition once a year in the area of a museum or a specialised Fair with the objective to present individually the work of each artist to the public.
At the same tine a symposium could be held for professional exchange and friendship promotion. The exposition and meeting will be open for artists of all nations.
To get an idea of the extent of such an exposition. the persons interested are kindly asked to send descriptions with pictures of their work as well as details about themselves (age, education, ambitions, etc) to Mr Sven Andersen. Correspondence preferably in English, French, German or Italian. Other languages accepted, but the answer will be given in one of the fore-mentioned languages.
The replies were encouraging and in 1985 eight watch and clock makers exhibited together newly at the Museum of Horology in Le Locle, Switzerland. The “Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants", aka, the AHCI, was born.