McGonigle studied watchmaking in the Irish/Swiss institute of Horology
in Dublin before spending two years repairing watches and clocks in
Ireland & the UK.
studied at the international watchmaking school, Wostep in Neuchatel,
Switzerland, John worked as a service manager and watchmaker in Bermuda.
On returning to Switzerland John then spent five years with Audemars
Piguet in LeBrassus. This was a pivotal period in his career as John was
able to gain experience and skills in traditional ‘haut de gamme’
He specialized in extra flat watches, perpetual calendars, minute
repeaters and their famed titanium caged automatic Tourbillon which
remains the smallest production Tourbillon ever made.
John also had
the opportunity to restore many of their antique and complicated
having learned an enormous amount at Audemars, John jumped at the
opportunity to develop prototypes for Christophe Claret in 1997. At
Christophe Claret he was able to develop Grande Complications,
Tourbillons, Automates and Repeaters with Westminster Chiming. In
1999 John decided to return to Athlone in Ireland, and established his
own watchmaking workshop producing complications for Swiss watch houses.
from the Irish/Swiss Institute of Horology in 1996 winning a scholarship
Stephen's education was complete he began his work with Somlo Antiques
in Piccadilly, London as a specialist in the restoration of fine antique
watches. This gave him some excellent experience working with fine timepieces.
London Stephen moved to Switzerland where he joined his brother working
for Christophe Claret producing a variety complications, from sapphire
Tourbillons to Tourbillon minute repeaters and the development of
prototypes for major houses. Subsequently Stephen joined Frank Muller
where he worked in the production and after sales service of the
complications. Stephen also gained his first experience with the Grand
Sonnerie wristwatch. After Frank Muller Stephen continued on to work for
Breguet as Head of Complications in After Sales Service. There he was
also involved in the training of watchmakers. Amongst other work,
Stephen had the opportunity to work on the restoration of the famous
Sympathique clocks. He then joined The British Masters as Head of
Complications before eventually opening his own workshop to build
complications for some of the most prestigious names in watchmaking.
and Stephen were
raised in Athlone, a town in the Irish midlands on Ireland’s longest
river, The Shannon.
lives in a rural area north of the town surrounded by lakes. He has a
purpose built workshop equipped to the highest of Swiss standards.
lives and works in Neuchatel, Switzerland overlooking the lake. This
town and it’s environs have a special place in watchmaking history.
Stephen’s workshop benefits from its position at the centre of