Pierre Junod Watches
& Waldan International
I'm about a mile from downtown Bienne and I'm looking for the
offices of Waldan International, a watch company owned by Oscar
Waldan, an American. The address I have brings me to the three-story
combination house/factory building seen in the accompanying photo.
It's a mixed area with small businesses and residential housing.
Not seeing the Waldan International name anywhere on the building's
exterior I enter the house part of the complex. I find a couple
guys sitting inside a plainly furnished office so I ask if this
is Waldan International. It turns out to be nothing more than
a mail drop for the company.
Looking around the office I see lots of pictures of watches.
I ask, "Is this a watch company?" Pierre Junod, owner
and founder of Pierre Junod Watches, answers "yes".
In 1993 Junod had a unique idea. Why not ask established architects
and designers to create a watch? Since then he's corralled quite
an impressive list of associates to do that including Mario Botta,
Michael Graves and Richard Meier. Retail prices for these watches
range from between 250-500 Euros.
Junod, who looks to be in his 30's, operates the business with
his wife and a part-time watchmaker.