That first appearance at Basel certainly put the AHCI on the map, but another event took place in the same year that had an even greater effect on the Academie's profile - the arrival of George Daniels as a member of the group. Already a leader of the crusade to re-assert the relevance of mechanical watchmaking, Daniels was also a hugely respected figure among the small but important community of high-end, international collectors.
'We created a special exhibition dedicated to George's work at the next Basel fair and his presence was very significant in furthering the AHCI's reputation and making it better known,' says Lederer.
'Gradually, we watchmakers went from being regarded as dusty old relics of little importance to being the people who could give mechanical watchmaking a future.'
No one believed in that more than Calabrese himself. Born in Naples in 1944, he had moved to Switzerland at the age of 17 and found work with various watch companies that enabled him to build on an almost intrinsic understanding of horology that, in 1977, led him to create his celebrated baguette movement.
Not only did it fly in the face of the quartz invasion, it completely re-wrote the rule book in terms of what a mechanical movement had to look like - causing a level of interest that pointed towards the potential of a clockwork revival. Numerous brands were keen to adopt it, but Calabrese selected Corum, which developed it into the now famous 'Golden Bridge' with which it has become synonymous.