What was apparent to any watch lover during Serena Williams' visit to the Audemars Piguet booth, was how much she already knew and yet still wanted to know more about watches. She spent what was easily 30 to 45 minutes chatting intensely with the staff, and in particular the watchmaker that Audemars Piguet had on staff with them, discussing the Royal Oak that he was servicing. She seemed genuinely interested in his explanations of the various parts of the caliber 2120 movement that he was taking apart.
Why are they appearing in such droves nowadays? And are we looking at a market evolution, or at a bubble ready to burst?
From a personal perspective, this is very exciting news. As a watchmaker aware of the worrying dearth of skilled operatives in the industry, I believe that encouraging young people to consider horology as a career is of the utmost importance. I was already twenty years old when I decided to spend my time studying time. I began my journey as an academic, consuming books, magazines and blog articles as often as I could. There was no obvious way for me to gain hands-on experience. By studying the history of horology, I came to appreciate the skill, craftsmanship, and level of commitment that the discipline required, I became hooked and resolved to train professionally; what has followed is a rewarding and endlessly challenging career.
Unlike some other athletes whose personalities form more "PR friendly" images for brand ambassadorships, folks like Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are complicated people whose histories are not uncommon in the world of professional boxing. Nevertheless, both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are masters of the sweet science, and it will be interesting to see their fight, even into what is now the twilight of each boxer's career, now 38 years old and 36 years old, respectively.
If you decide the De Bethune DBS Tourbillon is for you, you'd better move fast! There are only 10 models available, each bearing their unique serial number along the bottom of the dial. We will update with pricing information as it becomes available. Debethune.ch