Bernhard Lederer was born in 1958 near Stuttgart, Germany. After a watchmaking apprenticeship he qualified as a Master Watchmaker in 1984 and opened an atelier specializing in restoration and developing his own timepieces. In 1985 Lederer became a founding member of the prestigious A.H.C.I. (Horological Academy of Independent Watchmakers).
Lederer’s innovative timepieces include a clock with a moon phase needing correction only after 1,000 years, and an award-winning sculptural clock called "Trojka”. A series of wristwatches with orbiting disks was awarded German Watch of the Year in 1996.
In 1997 in Brazil Lederer managed a commemorative project consisting of 24 monumental (14 metres/45 feet) countdown clocks. He relocated to Neuchâtel, Switzerland in 2000 and founded the haute horlogerie watch brand BLU (Bernhard Lederer Universe).
Lederer’s timepieces won the 2006 Middle East Watches and Jewellery prize for Best High-End Jewelled Watch (BLU Baguette), and the 2007 Kuala Lumpur Most Revered Watch prize (MT3 orbiting triple-axis tourbillon).
Bernhard Lederer’s philosophy is to create timepieces that tell the time without imposing it on the viewer, allowing the wearer to appreciate the beauty of time without being stressed by it racing by.