Fonderie 47

David Candaux

David is a fourth generation watchmaker. David's father was a watchmaker in Patek Philippe's Valee-de-Joux complication workshop. As far as David could remember, since the age of six or seven he frequently visited his father's workshop and wanted to be a watchmaker like his dad. David described a watchmaking workshop as a jovial place where his father was happiest in a nearly magical atmosphere.

He was just 15 when he joined Jaeger-le-Coultre as a watchmaking trainee. He got his first Diploma in Micro Mechanics from the technical school when he was 18 and became a qualified watchmaker.

After 15 years with Jaeger-le-Coultre and having helped create some of their most famous complicated watches, he founded his own watchmaking company, based in Le Sentier, in Vallée de Joux, Switzerland in a 19th century watchmaker’s barn that he has restored and where he works with his father.

David Candaux on Making the Inversion Principle Timepiece