“Alchimie Horlogère”: a book from Denis Flageollet

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Alchimie Horlogère

“This book is my attempt to make sense of watchmaking in the 21st century, to open pathways that might inspire inventiveness and audacity in the new generation. To transmit through my own experience the lessons of history, of art mechanics and today’s technological potentialities. It is my way of taking part in finding a balance between craftsmanship, art, transmission, industry, technology and economics.”

Denis Flageollet, about Alchimie Horlogère
Denis Flageollet
Denis Flageollet

Denis Flageollet is the son, grandson and great-grandson of watchmakers. In 2002, he co-founded the De Bethune brand, which is rooted in contemporary culture yet nurtured by several centuries of watchmaking history. In this book, he takes a passionate yet critical look at his art.

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Alchimie Horlogère (Horological Alchemy) addresses not only technical aspects, but also the acts and actions of the craft, their meaning and the relationship with the material. It builds and progresses like a mandala, exploring the heart of the watchmaking art and its broader setting. It reflects the questions of the last “Horlofabers”, their resilience and their capacity to adapt. It is an act of sharing an initiatory experience through wonderment.

Denis Flageollet
Denis Flageollet

Illustrated with numerous archive sketches and drawings, this book is also available in French. Its cover was designed by Belgian artist François Schuiten.

Denis Flageollet
Denis Flageollet

About Denis Flageollet
After studying science in France, Denis Flageollet trained as a watchmaker and micro-mechanic in Switzerland. He worked with Michel Parmigiani, before founding with François-Paul Journe the THA company, supplier of exceptional products. In 2002, together with David Zanetta, he launched the De Bethune project, whose Manufacture is located in L’Auberson, in the Jura vaudois region. His work has won several national and international awards.

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