Belchengruppe is a Swiss watch brand based in Basel. It was founded with the goal of bringing together the knowledge and innovative spirit of experts from the fields of design, construction, and watchmaking.
The Zeitdesigner are a team of specialists eager to contribute their professional savoir-faire and conceptual insights.
Christoph Schnee is the founder and creative head at Belchengruppe and has a passion for design details. He has degrees in industrial design and cultural management and has worked for many years as a freelancer and employee in the fields of strategy, concepts, and communication.
Christoph Ruppli created the entire visual presence of Belchengruppe. He designed the company logo with the three Belchen Mountains in addition to the “Visuren” dial series for the watches.
Jens Neuber designed the “120” dial and, together with Christoph Schnee, designed the cases for the watches. He has worked as a product designer, illustrator, storyboard artist, and also as a conceptual artist.
Lukas Schneider is a graphic designer and font designer and gave the finishing touches to the visual presence of Belchengruppe by designing the Belchen Grotesk font.
The brand is named after the five Belchen Mountains located in the area where the borders of Switzerland, Germany, and France meet. The mountains acted as an archaic sun calendar in the era before mechanical time measurement.
The view of the sun rising over the other Belchen Mountains from the top of the Alsace Belchen marks the start of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The eponymous mountains represent the dual fascinations of the Belchengruppe: Fascination for both tradition and the archaic, but also a passion for high-tech and new approaches to design.
In 2020, the brand launched its debut collection named 1247, which include mechanical automatic watches made in Switzerland.