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Atelier Holthinrichs

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The Founding Architect

Holthinrichs Watches is the brainchild of Michiel Holthinrichs

Being a son of an artist and an automotive engineer, Michiel grew up in an inspiring reality of art and classic cars which inevitably stimulated a strong imagination and a passion for both design and technology.

By drawing and sketching he became intrigued by the power of lines, proportions and perspective. He discovered his ability to create with his hands and mind.

Since his childhood Michiel wanted to become an architect. In this way he could use his creativeness and craft to make something beautiful and meaningful, as architecture might possibly be the most powerful artistic way to shape the world, with design, technology and craftsmanship as main tools.

Michiel went to study at faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology where he improved his abilities in technical design. In practise he worked on the renovation of several national heritages, and became a specialist in the transformation of historical structures. During his exchange in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville he became heavily influenced by the the sense of style and craftsmanship he found in historical examples from the Art-Nouveau and Art-Deco.

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