‘Time Piece’: If You Only Watch One Film On Independent Watchmaking, Watch This One Featuring Vianney Halter and Philippe Dufour (Archive)

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In 2006, the daughter of a London-based watch collector friend of mine, Max Hellicar, became interested in her father’s watches, particularly those by independent watchmakers.

Max’s daughter’s name was Kat Mansoor, and at the time she was setting out to become a documentary film director. She and a few friends had co-founded a film production company called Animal Monday and they had already had some success in getting a couple of their documentaries commissioned for television.

Kat thought that a film on independent watchmakers might be interesting and asked Max if he knew a few she could talk to. Max replied, ”No, but I know someone who does,” and he called me.

I happily arranged for Kat and the rest of the Animal Monday team − Will Hood (sound) and Adam Lavis (editor) − to spend a few days in Switzerland meeting as many independent watchmakers as I could organize. The Animal Monday team then went back to the UK to think about what they had learnt.

A couple of months later, Kat contacted me to say that they thought that a short film featuring Philippe Dufour and Vianney Halter might be interesting and started work on a script that we bounced back and forth a few times

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