Interviews

Interview with Ralph Simmons, US President of Frederique Constant & Alpina

December 5, 2013 | Alpina, Frédérique Constant, Interviews

Interview with Ralph Simmons, US President of Frederique Constant & Alpina

Ralph Simons, President of Frederique Constant and Alpina in the Americas, at The Mark Hotel in NYC

1 - What is your background in the watch industry?

I basically grew up in the watch industry. I am originally from Amsterdam and my father had his own business of designing and producing gold and diamond jewelry. In 1984, he made a move into watches, watch distribution specifically, and I was 9 at the time. I remember he came home with the news that he had acquired the distribution for IWC in The Netherlands. Looking back that is really the moment that my interest for watches, which eventually grew into a passion, was sparked.


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Interview with Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart

July 3, 2013 | Interviews, Omega

Interview with Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart

Omega has had a pretty busy year with the launch of the revolutionary Aqua-Terra Anti-Magneti watch, the Speedmaster Bullhead and 1957 throwbacks, and of course, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. And now, the Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition. I have to say, I am quite impressed.

1 - Is 2014 going to be a slow year for product launches compared to 2013?

No way. We have a lot in the pipeline. We say that every year. How can 2013 match 2012? Last year we had the Olympics, James Bond and the Ryder Cup. We have the Olympics next year again, in Sochi. We have some new models, some new ideas coming out next year. We also have some in advance of the Olympics.


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Interview: Victorinox Timepiece Division CEO Alexander Bennouna

May 28, 2013 | Baselworld, Interviews, Victorinox

Interview: Victorinox Timepiece Division CEO Alexander Bennouna

1 - What is your background, how long have you been with Victorinox?

Since 2004, so almost 10 years, and 20 years in the watch industry. Prior to that I had brief experience in the jewelry business.

2 - What is the focus for Victorinox in 2013 and beyond?

Our focus is to become a companion for life. Now, let me elaborate so it is not just a marketing statement. A ‘companion for life’ is like when you have a Swiss Army knife in your pocket, maybe you will not need it now, but maybe you will need it later in the day, maybe you will need it next week, maybe you will need it in a months time. But you are sure that the moment you need it, it won’t let you down.

It will deliver what you need because it is made with the highest level of quality and functionality.

And our inspiration, and it is a challenge, is to replicate these values in the timepiece business. Our mission is to pursue quality with no compromise. This is why we have reviewed our design, our engineering and our manufacturing process.

Today I am quite proud to say that in terms of quality in our price segment, we are unmatched.


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Interview with Michel Parmigiani of Parmigiani Fleurier

January 28, 2013 | Interviews, Parmigiani Fleurier, SIHH

Interview with Michel Parmigiani of Parmigiani Fleurier

1 - When did you start in watchmaking?

I started in 1975. At a time of crisis for watchmaking, a very dark time. Everyone was trying to discourage me from taking that path at the time. Watchmaking was completely devastated in Switzerland. There had been a tremendous crisis. My beginnings were very difficult but I really believed in what I was doing and went against the tide. And it wasn’t a bed of roses. I started my activity at the time in the region where I was born…and the economy was completely devastated at the time. The only watchmaker that had remained active at the time was Piaget, at the time, all the others had had to close down. And they managed to weather the storm and not disappear. And even that was an inspiration to me because Piaget being a high-end luxury brand, I thought that if they had succeeded there was still some hope and that I was on the right track.


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Interview: Michele Sofisti CEO of Sowind Group

September 27, 2012 | Girard-Perregaux, Interviews, JEANRICHARD

Interview: Michele Sofisti CEO of Sowind Group

1 - What does being under the financial umbrella of the Gucci group mean to Girard-Perregaux and JeanRichard going forward?

A very, very important move. Most important because it gives a total security of the future, total security for our partners on the industrial side, they know it will be long lasting. Also for our partners in distribution and our retailers. A company that has a bright future in front of it, this is the most important. The second important thing, we entered into a group that is run with a lot of respect from brand history, quality and heritage. This is really very important for a brand like Girard-Perregaux with 210 years of history.


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Interview: Laurent Picciotto of Chronopassion

May 8, 2011 | Interviews

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1- How did you get started in the watch industry?

I started in the watch industry because my father gave me an interest in watches because he was a watch addict. When I was 27 I opened my shop as the shop of our dreams, only watches and only the brands I like. It was a mixture of institutional, historic brands and niche brands right at the beginning with an opulent choice.

2- What are some of your best selling timepieces so far this year?

Hublot, Urwerk, Panerai, Greubel Forsey


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