Aspiration with subsec on a black anodized dial with index and sapphireglass.

Independent watchmaking in all forms appeals to me and today I´m glad to present the work of young watchmaker Olivier Gantenbein, who´s been working together with a friend on this horological timepiece called Aspiration.

TTF: When did your interest in watches start?

- I always wear a watch since I was about 10 years old. I can’t leave my home without it, it’s impossible. First I had a Flik Flak, then 2 Casios and when I was 15 years, I bought a TAGHeuer. My interest in watches got bigger and bigger, when I started the watchmaking school ZeitZentrum in Grenchen in 2009. Now I own a Eterna Soleure, Rolex Datejust & Submariner, ZeitZentrum Chronograph, TAGHeuer and of course my selfmade watch – Aspiration, says Olivier

Olivier Gantenbein at the workbench!

TTF: What has been the most demanding part of the process of making Aspiration?

- A friend of mine, and I had to do a project at school. It is a voluntary technical-school. This school takes four years, one day per week. We decided to make our own watch, because lots of people think a watchmaker always does his own watch, but this isn’t always the case.

First things first, making a watch on your own needs skills, talent and courage. I, for example, made my watch with  S. Deutschmann – two heads are better than one.
If you do such a big project for the first time, you need a time plan. We designed, planned and built our watch – the case and dial. We worked on the CAD, to design the whole case and our dial with the logo etc.

Caseback of Aspiration!

Olivier continues: We have 2 designs. The sporty and the classy one. 5 months of our free time we needed to do all the steps, while working at ZeitZentrum. We really enjoyed the difficult tasks that showed up and we were always looking forward to our finished product – our own watch.

On the workbench- ready for some action...

TTF: If you summarize the whole project of Aspiration!

- This was a special project and we learned a lot. We are very proud of the results and there are many things we had to keep in mind, so that our 2 watches could represent us.
This was also one of the reasons for the name we gave it – Aspiration. This means: longing, goal and endeavor

Todays Wristshot: Aspiration!

TTF: What inspires you in your work?

I like to work with old and new watches. Already I work as an apprentice, I have a great amount of responsibility. When fixing all sorts of watches we can choose from a variety of resources -I love that about the job. Our watchmaker school is very well equipped,  so it is very nice to work on your workplace when you know, that you have the possibility to really work and make watches working again.

If someone is interested in our watch or have some questions, please write me an email:

TTF will follow Oliviers progress and wishes both watchmakers good luck with their Aspiration!

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