Creator of automata / Master watchmaker
Raúl Pagès grew up in the Val-de-Ruz region of Neuchâtel in the Jura Arc, cradle of the Swiss watchmaking industry. He completed his education at the CIFOM Technical School in Le Locle with a dual specialization in restoration and horological complications and later in horological construction.
As from 2006 he worked as a watchmaker at Parmigiani Fleurier, which brought him into close contact with numerous watches, clocks and automata, all unique timepieces that are part of the watchmaking heritage. In close proximity to these highly exceptional art objects, Raúl developed a passion for quality movements, meticulous finish and fine ornamentation. There was, however, one particular type of object that held his fascination: elaborate animal automata. He restored several famous Fabergé eggs, some of which contained mechanical animals such as a peacock or a swan, as well as richly decorated 19C automata showcasing a mouse, frog and a caterpillar. Raúl Pagès was especially struck by the beauty and finesse of these objects combining both mechanical ingenuity and decorative creativity.
After six years devoted to the restoration of antique clocks, he decided to turn to creating state-of-the-art automata. He developed a philosophy that became the guiding principle of his work: contribute to historical continuity and uphold the centuries old tradition of prestigious automata. Putting into practice the experience and knowledge gained during his work as a restorer, he creates objects that are in keeping with the times, unique pieces using contemporary design and the finest materials. His vision is based on the core values of creativity, innovation and expertise applied to miniature works of art that both charm and entertain by their playful aspect and aesthetic refinement.