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Cultural Council - History and DNA

History is an important part of horological culture. It inspires today's watchmakers and gives them greater legitimacy.

History forges the identity of certain heritage brands. More contemporary names place history in the perspective of their founder's values and where they position themselves within this historical spectrum.


Coordinator

Grégory Gardinetti

Historian at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, coordinator for the Cultural Council


A historian in fine watchmaking, in 2006 Grégory Gardinetti joined the internationally renowned Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds as an archivist specialising in the history of time measurement. In 2010 he joined the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie where, as culture and patrimony manager, he has charge of exhibitions and lectures, and approves the historical content of the Foundation's website.


Experts

Dominique Fléchon

Author and historian, expert in antiquarian timepieces


Dominique Fléchon joined the Richemont Group in 1994 as a historian and specialist in antiquarian horology. In 2006 he became content editor for the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. He has curated numerous exhibitions as part of major watch fairs. Dominique is highly regarded as the author of exhibition catalogues, and of the authoritative reference work, The Mastery of Time.


Jean-Michel Piguet

Assistant curator at the Musée International d’Horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland


Jean-Michel Piguet qualified as a watchmaker-restorer in 1974. He went on to study at the Technicum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, where he specialised in the restoration of antique clocks. He then taught for nine years at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds. Since 1988 he has been assistant curator at the Musée International d'Horlogerie, also in La Chaux-de-Fonds.


Fabienne Sturm

Art historian and honorary curator at the Musée de l’Horlogerie et de l’Émaillerie, Geneva, Switzerland


Art historian Fabienne Xavière Sturm is honorary curator of the Geneva Museum of Horology and Enamel. For 30 years she managed the museum’s collections which she took to venues all over the world. Since 2003 she has continued to work for Vacheron Constantin, the Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts in Lausanne, and the University of Geneva.