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The AHCI — Académie horlogère des créateurs indépendants is an academy of independent watch artists.


In 1984 the "Académie horlogère des créateurs indépendants" was established in Geneva by Vincent Calabrese and Svend Andersen. It is an international association of the elite of independent operating watchmakers. The founding members of the AHCI wanted to provide proof in 1985 that the small-scale manufacturing of watches also occupies a significant place in addition to the industrial.

Since its inception, the Academy was involved decisively in the comeback of the mechanical watch that - after the "quartz crisis" had passed - was again recognized as the product of higher quality. The ingenuity of the AHCI members, rarely seen by the public, helped many a watch model from a reputable manufacturer to become a success. The members of the Academy show that the highest craftsmanship is not inferior to traditional forms of design.

AHCI won the Special Jury Prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève for the in November, 2010. Overall, AHCI members have claimed 17 prizes in this prestigious competition.


As of 2018, the following are members of the AHCI.

Full Members

Honorific Members

Passive Members

Past Members