He recycles cars into wristwatches

Posted: November 22, 2010 in Swedish
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Andreas Sundelin Wiberg sells boats to make a living. In his free time he plays in a band, builds motorcycles and sews. As if that weren’t enough, he has yet another hobby. Andreas makes wristwatches out of recycled car parts.

This unusual talent recently won him first place in a contest sponsored by interiors and furniture giant IKEA. The jurors of the “Wardrobe” competition judged Andreas to be the most creative fashion designer in Sweden. The award carried a cash prize of 50,000 kronor.

He got the idea to make a watchband from car parts while he was waiting for the paint on a car to dry, and some welds to cool off.

“I made my first watch in 2001 out of an old Swiss watch that belonged to my father. I used it myself for three years, and since then I have made about 14 more,” Andreas told fashion paper Rodeo.

What kind of watch would Andreas want if he were to buy one for himself?
“That is very difficult to answer, that depends entirely what type of clockwork one wanted and which type of material, but it would be rather expensive since it would be handmade, somewhere in the 10,000 kronor class,” he explained.

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