With Harry Winston fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
It all began in a family garage in Wintherthur where Andreas Strehler's father repaired old clocks as a hobby. Strehler had a unique talent of understanding the complex construction of a timepiece simply by observing it. Watchmaking was his obvious choice of profession.
After completing a watchmaker apprenticeship in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, and attending the Watchmaking School of Solothurn, Strehler joined Renaud and Papi SA as a prototype maker. There, he collaborated with watchmakers such as Robert Greubel, Stephen Forsey and Giulio Papi. In 1995 he became an independent and worked on the restoration of antique timepieces before presenting his first creation at Baselworld watch fair in 1998 - a perpetual desk calendar which combined a desk calendar with a pocket watch. In 1999, Strehler developed the pocket watch "Zwei" which manages to indicate hours, minutes, date and month with just two hands. This switching mechanism that enables indicators to signal different functions is later found in many of his movements.
In 2001, Strehler made history as the youngest watchmaker accepted as a member of the Academie Horlogere des Createurs Independants (AHCI). in 2006; Strehler's Moser Perpetual 1 won the complicated watch prize at the Grand Prix de Geneve.
To be chosen by a creator of an Opus timepiece is a recognition and also a challenge. When Andreas Strehler was approached by Harry Winston and Hamdi Chatti in 2006 to develop the Opus 7, his creation will be compared and judged in the light of all the previous Opus timepieces. It is also know that an Opus watch has to transcend the conventional traditions of watchmaking. For Strehler whose entire philosophy of watchmaking is based on the movement, his approach was not to create a watch but a mechanism which is entirely visible, thus creating an aesthetic of its own.
The Opus 7 was released in 2007 at Baselword watch fair in a limited edition of 50 watches in white gold. One's attention is immediately captured by the pusher and the beautiful bridge in the shape of a butterfly as well as the eye-catching central wheel in blue which dominates almost the entire face of the dial. Andreas Strehler has always liked to use complexity to provide simplicity in his movements. Using a brilliant switching mechanism that enables indicators to signal different functions, Strehler created a timepiece with an alternating display showing at one time either the hours or the minutes or the power reserve indicator but not all three at the same time. This is accomplished by pressing the crown which changes the display. This movement heralds an entirely novel manner of displaying the time which subsequently alters the wearer's perception of time.