“Different from the well-known larger watch companies, Gerd’s brand was small and independent, and he was always very passionate about the history of mechanical watchmaking and his own vision of wristwatches. His way of working showed me that there were alternative ways to approach watchmaking which would prove useful for me many years later, when I would relaunch Winnerl. Chronoswiss was being sold at Preisig, the watch dealer where I was working as a watchmaker at the time, and inspired by Gerd’s passionate discussions, I became pretty adept at selling and promoting his timepieces to customers there – even to the wives of existing clients.
“A few years later Gerd contacted me to offer me a job at his company in Munich to take care of production and R&D. In this way I made several trips to Switzerland with him visiting suppliers, and I saw all the different makers of dials, hands, cases, and movements which was really instructive. Learning all the ins and outs of the production processes, [and] how pricing and delivery times work, was a very good learning experience for me, which stirred my thoughts at the time about creating my own timepieces.
“It was also at this time that I met my good friend Andreas Strehler, who was the constructor and producer of the Chronoswiss Chronoscope. I can still recall picking up the first prototype movements late at night from his workshop, driving directly back to Munich to further assemble the watch, and later the same day bringing the finished watches to the Inhorgenta Munich exhibition in 2001. It feels like yesterday in my mind; amazing to realise that this is now more than two decades ago.”