Introduction of
Jacques Duvoisin and Christian Loutz
Swiss Clockmakers

The profil of the craftsmen, clockmakers:

Antique Clocks - Pendulantic, sales and restoration of antique clocks

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Duvoisin Jacques

  • Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1951
  • Married, two children
  • Founded PENDULANTIC in 1980

Education and Experience

  • 1966 - 1970 Technician Neuchâtelois of La Chaux-de-Fonds, 6-month internship at the International Museum of Clock and Watchmaking (MIH)
  • + School of Art, internship
  • 1970 - 1980 OMEGA, Bienne
  • 1980 Le Castel, Clockmanufacturing
  • Since Septembre 1980 running PENDULANTIC
  • Since 2003, teaching his son-in-law, Christian Loutz, at Pendulantic
  • 2006 Handing-over of Pendulantic to Christian with the new corporate name: Antique Clocks - Pendulantic

Personal interests

  • Enjoys family life, church activities, all aspects of horology, Electric Basses, RC gliding (F3j, F3b), playing chess, computing, etc... (too many things!)

 

 

Jacques Duvoisin represents the fifth generation of clockmakers in his family; brought up to the work at his father's side, he has known the trade from an early age.

Before starting his own business, Jacques Duvoisin spent ten years working for OMEGA, not so much to improve his knowledge of clockmaking but especially to get used to the contraints of living in a professional and industrial environment.

In his free time, he has continually worked to refine his skills in the domain of antique clocks (and of their position in domestic life) collecting documents about them (and studying them as well!)

 

Antique Clocks - Pendulantic, To perpetuate the Swiss tradition of quality, sales and repair service, the crew

From the left to the right:
Christian Loutz, Jacques Duvoisin, Arlette Duvoisin, Isabelle Loutz and his brother Gilles Duvoisin (owner of Ace Guitars)

 

Loutz Christian
(son-in-law of Jacques Duvoisin)

  • Born in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1974
  • Married
  • Starting ANTIQUE CLOCKS PENDULANTIC in 2006

Education and Experience

  • 1990 to 1998 Apprenticeship of car mechanic and working for Audi/VW
  • 1998 - 2000 Service within Youth With A Mission in the USA and Canada
  • 2000 - 2003 Microengineering, development and final adjustments of semiconductor testing equipments at ISMECA Semiconductor in La Chaux-de-Fonds
  • 2003 - 2006 Improvement, checking and maintenance of surgical manufacturing equipment, metrology (with course of metrology at the ARIAQ school) at Johnson & Johnson in Neuchâtel. At the same time, training on the techniques of horology at Pendulantic with Jacques Duvoisin
  • 2006 Taking over from Pendulantic with the new corporate name: Antique Clocks - Pendulantic

Personal interests

  • My wife and our kids, study of the music (guitar), the clock industry and its history (inevitably), the photograph and a multitude of other things...

 

 

 

From his childhood, Christian developed his mechanical mind in "modifying his boguet" (in Switzerland, a boguet is a motor cycle). Because of his ingenuous desire for improving the engines by reaming cylinders, rectifying and machining the crankshaft and other mechanical components, Christian, quite naturally, undertook an apprenticeship of car mechanic. After a few years in this field, he realized that his desire of precision work would hardly be satisfied. He thus changed his career direction and "sharpened" his capacities by developing his microtechnic sens through his work in two large companies of the Neuchâtel area. He worked at the development and fine tuning of complex machines, a job requiring good knowledge in mechanics, micromechanics and even pneumatics. He widened thus his range of knowledge and developed his acuity for the search for solutions with sometimes extremely complex problems.

By his marriage with Isabelle Duvoisin, Christian has quickly been "soaked" in the environment surrounding the work of a clockmaker. He was already familiar with this clock-making environment since his relatives (Couvoisier) were also active in the clock industry from several generations. Great-great-grandson of Paul Courvoisier (Manufacture of dials La Berna), Christian even uses still today some tools of his forefathers!

Rubbing shoulders with Jacques, Christian quickly impassioned himself for clocks, but not only for their mechanical aspect! Indeed, thanks to his interest and with an important documentation, he forged an excellent knowledge about the styles and the history of the clocks and clockmakers (mainly from Neuchâtel and from France). Since 2003, Christian "transformed" his mechanical and micromechanical skills in clock making practices while working with his father-in-law Jacques, eager to pass on, as well as possible and to the closest of his conscience, his experience and this inheritance gained from five generations of clock and watch makers in his family. Together they furrowed secondhand trades, auction sales, flea markets and merchants of Paris, etc. in order to learn how to perceive well which are the objects to be excluded from a rigorous selection. Thus, only carefully selected and perfectly restored objects will continue to be offered by Christian Loutz, with, for a few years still, the councils and the critical glance of Jacques.

Thanks to his knowledge of english and to a Web site increasingly visited, Christian will be able to develop even more the international contacts of Antique Clocks - Pendulantic. New options are currently being prepared in the field of the trade of machines and specific tools, intended for the clock and watch makers.


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