Parallel to clockmaking, Francesc Peich is an artisan jeweller who has made numerous exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Argentina, Spain and France. He has received many grants from the Conseil des arts du Québec as well as the Canada Council for the Arts. He has been teaching for the last 10 years at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal.

The approach to my work has been shaped by disparate elements. A childhood surrounded by watches, clocks and their mechanisms I owe to my father and grand-father, both clockmakers. I practiced the family tradition for several years before seeking adventure elsewhere: Africa and then Quebec. It was in Montreal that I discovered the artistic possibilities of jewelry and the means of combining them with my watchmaking background. I have created more than 300 “jewelry watches”, each with its own technical challenge.

My project is an amalgam of traditional European clockmaking, Mediterranean inspiration and the open creativity of today’s North American jewelry.

A touch of homesickness made me realize my attachment to the Mediterranean. The forms of its marine life have stayed with me and inspire my work. Making a watch can never be improvisational. The formal heritage and techniques of 19th and 20th century clockmakers are essential, to which I add new forms, based on observations of nature. My project is an amalgam of traditional European clockmaking, Mediterranean inspiration and the open creativity of today’s North American jewelry. I now teach jewellery at the École de joaillerie de Montréal, allowing me to learn from new approaches and therefore enriching mine. I have done many solo exhibitions in Québec, Argentna, Spain, as well as taking part in collective ones in the United States.