AGENHOR is an independent watchmaking company in Geneva, a number of whose creations have won prestigious watchmaking awards. It specialises in the design of complex mechanical modules for watches for the great watchmaking brands.
It was founded jointly by Catherine and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. Over the years Jean-Marc Wiederrecht has forged a reputation as one of Geneva’s greatest independent watchmakers.
AGENHOR has the privilege of working closely with the greatest watch brands. It is commissioned to perform technical design studies, development and production for some of the most beautiful mechanical complications to go in their timepieces.
By combining modern techniques and equipment with traditional manual production, AGENHOR is continuing the long tradition of quality and creativity established by Geneva’s watchmakers, producing timepieces worthy of the highest accolades.
Watchmakers are fond of pointing out that the real beauty of a watch is hidden inside. The beauty of a movement is thus not apparent at first glance, but is revealed to anyone who opens it in the delicacy and spareness of its complications. Subtlety, whether aesthetic or professional, is a watchword of our world.
Having qualified in 1972, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht set up his own business in 1978. In 1988 he developed his first bi-retrograde perpetual calendar complication. This module, designed for watchmaker Harry Winston, was a first in the watchmaking world. It marked the start of a special relationship between Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and this prestigious brand.
In the 1990s came a succession of inventions, mainly involving retrograde and excenter displays such as the Double fuseau (Dual time zone), Tri-rétrograde (Triple retrograde), Equation du temps (Equation of time) and Temps universel (Universal time).
Since 1996, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht and his team created new complications, including the Golf Counter, the True North and the Opus 9 on which the hours and minutes are displayed by two strings of diamonds. Several patents have now been registered, including one for a play-free engagement gearing in 2002, paving the way for completely new mechanical creations.
In 2007 Jean-Marc Wiederrecht received the Best Watchmaking Designer award from the ‘Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’, the first time such an award had been given.
This award is now accompanied by others, the latest being the 2011 Men’s Watch award given by the ‘Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’ to Hermès for its Temps Suspendu watch, designed by AGENHOR. This timepiece was also named 2011 Watch of the Year by top magazine Montres Passion.
An independent family-run business, AGENHOR currently employs around thirty people and since July 2009 has occupied a contemporary building, the design of which is based on the principles of respect for the environment and sustainable development.
Its ambition is to remain independent and to keep contributing with passion to the design of the most fascinating watch movements.
AGENHOR makes custom-made products for its customers, enabling them to stand out for their watchmaking prowess, technological achievement and the technical beauty of their creations.
Its mechanical solutions adapt faithfully to the aesthetic principles of the greatest names in High Horlogerie. Our workshop works very closely with these names, keeping in constant communication with them. AGENHOR maintains special relationships with its customers, some of which have turned into friendships.
Most of the designs developed by AGENHOR are protected by patents.
Jean-Marc Wiederrecht’s passion for what he does and for his company have had a profound effect on the life of his family. His wife Catherine Wiederrecht has been at his side from the outset, and together they manage the company since more than 30 years.
Their son Nicolas Wiederrecht who has a Master’s degree in Economics joined the family business in July 2005. He performs several functions, including financial management and management of supplies.
Since May 2011, their second son Laurent Wiederrecht, who has a BSc in Microengineering from the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, has worked in the R&D.
A pleasant family atmosphere reigns at AGENHOR. Its employees share common values such as a sense of responsibility, a good team spirit and mutual respect, imperceptibly but enduringly giving the business a feeling of friendliness, inspiration and well-being.
2011 AGH-4111 TEMPS SUSPENDU – Hermès Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – Men’s Watch Award This watch also received the 2011 Watch of the Year award from the Montres Passion jury.
2010 AGH-3051 PONT DES AMOUREUX – Van Cleef & Arpels Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – Ladies’ Watch Award This watch was also awarded six other international prizes
2009 AGH-2809 OPUS 9 – Harry Winston Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève – Watch Design Award
2007 For his work Jean-Marc Wiederrecht received the Best Watchmaking Designer prize, awarded for the first time ever by the ‘Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève’. AGENHOR has also received a number of other awards, both Swiss and international.
“An enterprising, ambitious and well respected king, Agenor (also known as Aghnor, Khnas or sometimes Chanaan) quickly made his people one of the most prosperous in the world. Agenor’s lands could be recognised solely by their fragrance; their luxuriant, well-cultivated orange groves scented the air along their coasts. […]
In Agenor’s kingdom, priests and prophets erected rows of obelisks dedicated to celestial divinities, which could be used to tell the time, count the months and years, and measure the movements of the stars.”
Extract from ‘The Memoirs of Zeus’ by Maurice Druon, member of the Académie Française, illustrated by Bernard Buffet