Dominique Loiseau, the legendary watchmaker known for his complex timepieces, has died, according to a statement from watch brand Girard-Perregaux.
Loiseau joined Girard-Perregaux last year. He was 64 and had some health issues, the company said.
“Dominique was a special person, a visionary who had the genius of creating and crafting masterpieces and, at the same time, to be himself a special ‘mechanism ‘ of the beautiful circle of watchmakers and all people working in our industry,” said a company statement. “The watch world has lost today one of his most talented sons that has inspired, awed and revolutionized.”
Among the timepieces Loiseau created were the six Montres de Sables, the Rose des Temps clock, the Renaissance or Capriccio pocket watches, the Blancpain 1735 wristwatch, and the Loiseau 1f4, considered the most complicated automatic watch in the industry.
He also restored collector’s timepieces, and taught at the Musée International d’Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.