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C.8 Alain Carré

Carré studied at the most famous and prestigious French schools: 'L'Ecole des Beaux Arts' in Tours, 'L'Ecole National Supérieur des Arts Décoratifs et des Arts Appliqués' in Paris and the 'Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers' in Paris. He became one of the leading French designers of the second half of this century. At present he is owner and head of a design company which employs almost ninety people. He has worked for hundreds of companies, including: Lacoste (sportswear), Okamuro (furniture) and Mitsuwa (jewellery) in Tokyo, Jean Puiforcat Paris (silverware), Mizuno Kaku (spectacles) Tokyo, Prince Yoshinaga (umbrellas and lighters) Tokyo, Sasaki-crystal (tableware) Tokyo.

1945Born in France, July 5th.
1962Becomes a pupil of Jean Prouvé.
1969Shows a successful futuristic line of furniture at the 'Salon des Artistes Décorateurs' at the Grand Palais, Paris. The designs have an impressive impact on Pierre Cardin, who employs Alain Carré a year later as the manager of design at Pierre Cardin for six consecutive years. All designs by Carré are sold under the Cardin label. During these years, he creates the design studio of Cardin and takes care of approximately hundreds of licences in the field of fashion accessories and house decoration items.
1975Leaves the Cardin House and starts his own design agency. During the ten following years he creates six separate design studios for architecture, packaging, public relations, vehicles, advertising, design products etc.
1986Designs a series of diving watches called 'Moby Dick' for Aubrey of Switzerland, made of special steel.
1988Establishes the Alain Carré Japan Corporation.
1993Designs a series of three watches, sold under the label 'Alain Carré Paris'.

Between 1977 and 1979 he designed for Waterman, well known for its fountain pens, ten series of watches which totalled approximately 80 different watches with leather or steel straps. The series 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 10 were finished with the Waterman logo, the others just simply 'Waterman'.

1'Les Aciers'. LCD watches. Reference numbers start with 669.
2'Les Heaumes' (The Helmets). Reference numbers of the LCD watches start with 667 and those of the watches with hands start with 665.
3'Les Facettes'. Rectangular watches with hands. Reference numbers of the ladies' watches start with 661 and the men's watches with 662.
4'Les Rectangles'. Reference numbers start with 661.
5'Les Carrées' (The Squares). Reference numbers start with 662.
6'Sport Etanche'.
7'Les Hublots'. Classic circular gold and chromium plated ladies' watches with hands.
8'Les Club'. Series of rectangular and circular gold plated classic ladies' and men's watches.
9Name unknown. Series of black and white two toned circular watches with hands.
10Name unknown. Series of rectangular LCD watches, brown enamel and gold or chromium plated.

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