I’m a traditionalist and all my work is still done completely by hand/ There is no hi-tech involved whatsoever. The changes, if any, come from my experience – with the years you learn to do things better and faster, but the process itself is identical to the watchmakers of old like Breguet.
And what new technology do you consider the most important for the future of watchmaking? Even if you don’t use it yourself…
Silicium balance seems quite promising, if you’d ask me. But I don’t like the question in general. You see, watchmaking evolves in two directions simultaneously. The argument of what’s better – the traditional craft or all this sophisticated technical staff – is pointless to say the least. Everyone has to choose their own way. On the one side there are machines producing tiniest of details and on the other – a master working at the bench. No need to compare them.
What’s the hardest and the most enjoyable part of running an independent watch manufacture in 2017?
The hardest part is to stay independent, it doesn’t seem to change with the years. While the greatest pleasure for me is to create my mechanisms. I find it very frustrating when wasting time on something else. True love for our profession is the first virtue of any watchmaker.