The Artistry of Strehler Watches
Andreas Strehler meets the challenge of the contemporary watchmaker who must be a craftsman of meticulous skill as well as a designer who utilizes every advantage of modern technology. From his workshop in Winterthur, Strehler personally built his masterpiece, the Perpetual Desk Calendar and Zwei Pocket Watch. With consummate proficiency garnered from many years of experience coupled with an innate and intuitive talent, Strehler has created a watch work of refreshing simplicity that is nonetheless fashioned from hundreds of intricate handmade and coordinated working parts. Time and patience, a precise idea of the desired result, clarity built on a foundation of mechanical complexity, and the valuable rarity of a one-of-a-kind objet d'art constructed entirely by hand after countless hours of creativity and craftsmanship have all contributed to a timepiece of unsurpassable artistry and functionality. Strehler has proven himself to be the Michelangelo of watchmakers.
Unique functionality of Strehler Watches
Strehler set about to create a stationary desk calendar with a removable pocket watch, catering to the personal tastes of the most demanding collector by designing a stationary tool that was also a portable companion. Synthesizing elegance and ease of use with subtle workings, Strehler invented a transmission mechanism that coordinated the watch's works and the automatically self-adjusting calendar. The outcome of his labors has been remarkable, and the synergy between his Perpetual Desk Calendar and his Zwei Pocket Watch can best be appreciated if we look the concordant pieces working together. The pocket watch shows all the principal units of time and has a window in the back showing a gold sun during daylight hours. It can be removed from the calendar case and has a mechanical memory that measures the time since it was removed. When returned to the calendar case it automatically adjusts itself. The memory in the watch registers the elapsed days and resets the calendar correctly even after a protracted absence. As an added advantage after the watch is set, pulling out its crown can halt its memory and adjust the watch past midnight without causing the calendar to add spurious days. The calendar automatically displays day, date, month and year. Its clockwork mechanism has a pump-winding lever that reactivates the main spring and then retracts to prevent over-winding. The calendar itself is wound only twice a year.
Distinctive Styles of Strehler Watches
The Perpetual Desk Calendar