General Manager France Horlogerie
Watchmakers roundtable : How do watches offer new readings of time?
Since 1993, Patrice Besnard is the General Delegate for the French Horological Federation. He is also the President of the French Committee of horological standardization and the President of the French delegation of the horological international Committee of standardization ISO TC/114. He is an Expert with the customs arbitration Committee (France). Patrice Besnard is the General Delegate of the European Union Horological Federation “EuroTempus” and the Secretary of the European delegation of the Permanent European Horological Committee. Patrice is also a Member of the Worldwide Exhibitor’s Committee of Baselworld.
Clockmakers have always shaped the most innovating mechanisms to offer precision all around the clock. But what do they measure exactly? In the past, stopwatches were scientific objects that were indispensable for navigators. But today their purpose has changed. More than ever, watches have become a way of life, a symbol of a delicate know-how, a social status, an access to a certain measure of time… a privilege to choose to know what time it is anywhere else on the planet. Possessing a watch that required months of work spent on a workbench gives the illusion of acquiring time’s sap. The clockmaker’s lifeblood spent while designing the cogs and the decorations of the exceptional piece of work. Some clockmakers address a way different message than a simple measure of time, they stop time and rewrite it on demand. Sometimes, they even claim they can slow it down… Haven’t watches become messengers of a new reading, revealing new challenges our society has to face? Don’t they now escape time itself? Meet traditional clockmakers and clockmaking specialists.