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Aug. 10, 2022
“I feel so on my path right now,” the independent watchmaker Eva Leube said. “I’ve realized life is short, and I want to do something that resonates with me.”
Over the years, her work in horology has taken Ms. Leube around the globe, from her native Berlin to jobs in Cape Town; Boca Raton, Fla.; Sydney, Australia; and several places in Switzerland. For more than two decades, the watchmaker restored and repaired timepieces for both large brands like Rolex and Ulysse Nardin, and small operations like Chronos Watchmakers and Thomas Prescher.
But Ms. Leube never forgot the joys of making her own watches. “When you have a handmade watch, it has a completely different soul to it,” Ms. Leube, 50, said during a phone interview from her home on Switzerland’s Lake Zurich.
Soul has been on Ms. Leube’s mind a lot over the past few years. In June 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, she quit her job in Australia, moved her family back to Switzerland and, eventually, decided to strike out on her own. Again.
Ms. Leube debuted her first handmade watch, the Ari, in 2007. The timepiece, which took four years to develop, had a mechanical movement in a rectangular case about 52 millimeters long and slightly more than 21 millimeters wide (about 2 inches by 1 inch) that curved around the wrist. The following year, she founded Eva Leube Watchmaking.
In the 1910s the Swiss luxury watchmaker Movado introduced the first watch with a curved case, called the Polyplan. But Ms. Leube went further with the Ari, creating a more pronounced arc and turning the watch mechanisms face up so they could be seen through the case, rather than face down as is typical in more traditional watches “That watch took me to the edge a little bit,” she said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/10/fash ... rland.html
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