BUBEN&ZORWEG head of design wins Wbiao Design Art Lifetime Achievement Award

22. February 2017

The head of design at BUBEN&ZORWEG, creators of Objects of Time® and luxury safes for passionate collectors, has been honoured by China’s leading online watch retailer Wbiao, with the Design Art Lifetime Achievement Award. Since its establishment in 2011, Wbiao has sold over 400,000 watches and is now one of China’s most influential authorities in the global watch industry.

Design visionary Eberhard Hagmann, already the recipient of over 40 national and international design awards, has carved out a career in the German watch industry spanning over three decades. At BUBEN&ZORWEG, Hagmann has been responsible for the design of numerous innovations resulting in BUBEN&ZORWEG safes, time-pieces and private museums, which are the pinnacle of form, function and high security. The finest woods, exotic leathers and metals, available in a staggering one million colours, are sourced worldwide to produce BUBEN&ZORWEG masterpieces for royalty, heads of state and stars of sport and screen.

BUBEN&ZORWEG’s creations are impeccably engineered to house personal and national treasures, ranging from rare watches to antiquities, guns and gold bars. The company’s safes and bullet proof objects also serve as elaborate display cases, incorporating additional functions, from watch winders, to a humidor, bar, weather station or sound system.

Eberhard Hagmann’s designs for BUBEN&ZORWEG are enhanced by the integration of electromechanical features – such as the X-007, the world’s only safe that elevates at the touch of a button, and the Agartos, a masterpiece two years in the making, involving 10 design and technology specialists, which boasts a Magic Slide touch opening and closing system.

A bespoke service is offered to suit every collector’s need and request. The Agartos has been re-designed for individual collectors who commissioned Iron Man and Batman editions. One collector’s Object of Time® was conceived to match identically the interior design of his Aston Martin One-77 – its doors even open to the sound of his supercar’s engine starting up. Technicians regularly fly across the world to install BUBEN&ZORWEG masterpieces. A temporary system was installed in the lift at London’s One Hyde Park to reassure one collector who wanted the exact location of his apartment to remain secret from the installation team. One of the locking systems used on the doors of BUBEN&ZORWEG safes was originally masterminded for use in Swiss bank vaults.

After graduating from the University of Pforzheim in Germany, Eberhard Hagmann began his career establishing and later directing the watch design department at German watch and clock makers Junghans. In 1983 he established IDEA-Design which counts Fabergé, Glashütte Original and Lufthansa among its clients.

“I am thrilled to receive the Design Art Lifetime Achievement Award from leading Chinese watch website Wbiao. I love working with the world’s most passionate collectors of rarities to unite extraordinary design and precious materials with cutting-edge German engineering, security and technology,” says BUBEN&ZORWEG head of design Eberhard Hagmann.