Connect to the episode. At the AHCI Swiss Independent Watch Makers Association meeting, Guo Ming volunteered to translate the independent watchmaker Ma Xushu to help him pass the defense smoothly and obtain an alternate membership of the Chinese Swiss Independent Watch makers Association. Here, he met his future teacher, which is now the teacher, a member of the Swiss Independent Watch Makers Association and the watch master Frank Jutzi.
Frank Jutzi and Guo Ming.
Frank Jutzi is Swiss and was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1963. In 2000, he became a member of AHCI. The brand FrankJutzi was founded in Wichtrach, Switzerland. Frank Jutzi was heavily influenced by decorative arts, geometry and antique clocks.
Frank Jutzi was famous when he was still in school. He was able to make simple repairs to the clock, and even if he couldn’t do it himself, he pointed out the problem. After finishing his studies, Jutzi started studying watchmaking, and in the first year he started making his first clock, a clock with a skeleton movement and a sun and moon display.
After his studies in 1985, Jutzi opened his own repair studio. In 1989, he produced the Sonnen-Monduhr clock, which was inspired by the house of Spanish architect Gaudi. Jutzi’s early works are highly original, including large pendulum clocks, which he transformed from a three-day power movement to increase power to two months. He also started using a combination of geometric shapes to make Dreieck clocks, which consisted of circles, triangles and squares.
Jutzi’s table clock is very sensory and has clean geometric lines. He sometimes brings some ‘secrets’ into the mechanical structure, especially some ‘mysterious’ indicating functions, which are subtly hidden or camouflaged. The flexible use of lines and cutouts has attracted attention.
Some of FrankJutzi’s works
Frank Jutzi is a very famous independent clockmaker. His best work is a pendulum clock with a perspective function. However, he has also shown great strength in the field of watch making, and has introduced his own unique tourbillon watch .
Frank Jutzi graduated from the RudolfSteiner watchmaking school, after which he spent another two years as an apprentice, during which he accumulated a wealth of experience in watchmaking and clockmaking. Established his own watch repair factory, he devoted all his enthusiasm to the repair of antique clocks. As soon as you enter the JUTZI studio in Wichtbach, a suburb of Bern, you will hear the melody emanating from the bell puppet.
The miniature tourbillon watch he made for orders from the Goldpeil brand was modified with an antique rectangular movement. A subtle moon watch from the JutziGoldpfeil collection, made of 18K white gold. The hands in the center of the dial indicate the minutes, the hours can be read from the attached dial at 2 o’clock, and the minute dial at 6 o’clock. This elegant lunar function watch also has a window on the silver dial at 10 o’clock, for a symmetrical beauty display.
At the World Watch and Jewellery Show held in Basel in 1990, Jutzi showed off a large watch with a three-day power reserve. This watch was inspired by a collector’s collection, and this time he The success of his watch display led him to develop his own watch creations.
One-of-a-kindTourbillon, made by Frank Jutzi, is a perfect combination of craftsmanship and complex watchmaking arts. The tourbillon made of stainless steel with gold and silver wire edges is housed in a solid gold case, which can be seen through the small holes on the surface To the inside of the tourbillon. In this work, in order to reduce the weight of the flywheel structure, the ‘swivel frame’ has been specially polished. These are completed strictly by hand in accordance with the processing precision. Superb skills. In the tourbillon production, FrankJutzi showed his unique design and excellent craftsmanship, occupying a very important position among independent watchmakers.
How Guo Ming impressed the Swiss watchmaker and made him his teacher is not clear to me. But I think that being able to be favored by Master FrankJutzi and opening the door closed to foreigners in Swiss watchmaking may be the best return to heaven for this hardworking and dedicated young man.
Frank Jutzi attaches great importance to this matter. After Guo Ming’s two trips to Switzerland, this summer, Frank Jutzi came to Shanghai and officially accepted Guo Ming as his disciple.
This incident aroused the attention of domestic media. On July 21st, China Business Daily conducted an exclusive interview with Frank Jutzi: the happiness and sorrow of an independent watchmaker. If you are interested, you can check this article online.
It is reported that during the study and work with the master, it is expected to take about a year to jointly develop a new self-produced movement (said to be a tourbillon). After Mr. FrankJutzi returned to China, Lao Guo made full preparations for long-term study in Switzerland and arranged all matters in Shanghai. The table friends are very concerned, and they all send their sincere blessings, looking forward to seeing the outstanding works of China’s independent watchmakers as soon as possible.
On November 2, 2014, after a long flight, Guo Ming finally came to the holy place in his mind and began a long study and work life.
Mr. FrankJutzi’s residence is in Wichtrach, a suburb of Bern. It has beautiful scenery, plenty of sunshine, quiet and peaceful. Looking at the cows on the grass through the window, the blue sky makes people feel calm and peaceful. That said, this environment is the best. Being able to calm down and immerse yourself in the world of watches and clocks is the greatest happiness for Lao Guo and those who love watches!
View from the window
When I first got off the plane and arrived here, some domestic cousins called Lao Guo to greet him, but because it was in a valley, the signal was not good. Although roaming was opened, sometimes Lao Guo could not be contacted. At present, most people use WeChat and QQ to make contact. The above is an introduction to Guo Ming’s path to study. The next issue will cover Guo Ming’s daily life in Swiss watchmaking. To be continued in the next episode.