In 2015, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark this, Selkirk Pictures & Enterprises completed their documentary film „The Single Men - Masters of the Incredible and the Beautiful.“
The Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants is a prestigious and discreet community of independent watchmakers who operate in the shadows of the big business, far from the klieg lights that shine on their name-brand competitors. It is a coalition of 32 watch- and clockmakers bound by a fierce commitment to artisanal watchmaking.
Philip Selkirk’s – time-less – documentary will lend a visual depiction of the watch-making process: the inception interwoven with craftsmanship, and finally unveiling the “pièce de résistance”.
The "Single Men" speak fervently of their common goal: ensuring that the mechanical watch continues to thrive. The documentary features some of the works of art made by the likes of Svend Andersen, Vincent Calabrese, Philippe Dufour, Paul Gerber, Vianney Halter and Francois-Paul Journe.
Interviews with these watchmaker visionaries as well as leading figures of the watch industry, i.e. Jean-Claude Biver (CEO TAG Heuer) and Nicolas Bos (CEO Van Cleef & Arpels), Marie
Vallanet-Delhom (President, L’École Van Cleef & Arpels) as well as top retailers like Laurent Picciotto (Chronopassion, Paris), Michael Tay (The Hour Glass, Singapore) and Abdulhamied Ahmed
Seddiqi (Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Dubai) will personify the individualist behind the timepiece, connecting the audience to their piece, as well as inspiring future watch collectors.
Mr. Michael Clerizo, Wall Street Journal, noted for his in-depth analysis of bespoke luxury watches will be sharing thoughts and background knowledge with the viewer.
The long version of the film to come in April...
- Laurent Picciotto, Chronopassion
“Thank you for these beautiful images and these stories. A very beautiful testimony to the passion and talent of these enthusiasts of fine watchmaking. The Grand Prix d'Horlogerie of Geneva and
its international jury have rightly rewarded several times. Happy birthday to the AHIC and long life.“
- Carlo Lamprecht, Président / Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève
“I am very tired and I should be in bed but now that I have seen the trailer for your film I will not be able to sleep until I see the rest of it!”
- Michael Clerizo, Wall Street Journal
“it is truly captivating. I can't wait to see the full-length version.“
- Sophie Furley, Editor-in-Chief / Revolution Press
“A great trailer and I look forward to seeing the final film.“
- James Buttery, Editor / WatchPro
“I saw an excellent trailer for your documentary on the AHCI."
- Nicholas Manousos, Vice President / Horological Society of New York
“Der Teaser des Films ist sehr schön geworden. Macht neugierig auf das Endprodukt!“
- Michael Horlbeck, House of Time-Andreas Strehler
“Your choice of interviewed watchmakers is great.“
- Ekaterina Sotnikova, EKSO Watches Gallery
“Seems like a very interesting project, bravo!!!!“
- Marc André Deschoux - Founder & Editor / TheWATCHES.tv SA