© 2013 Adam Priscak for WatchAnish and TWL
A few weeks ago Vincent Perriard, CEO of HYT Watches, was in London for a short stop-over. Fortunately our diaries aligned and I was able to catch up with him for a quick drink at the front-bar of the trendy Soho Hotel to get the low-down on one of the industry’s hottest rising stars. Here’s what he had to tell me.
Vincent Perriad is a man on a mission.
Despite being in the enviable position of heading up what is arguably one of the hottest young brands in haute horology right now – HYT Watches – he is not resting on his laurels. A demanding travel schedule means he is constantly on the move, never staying in the same place for long and always trying to fit in that extra meeting. For example, when I caught up with him in London for a quick chat a few weeks ago he was only in the country for 16 hours (including transit time), during which time he was attending three meetings and a dinner. He was due to fly home the next morning for the weekend and then it was on to New York for another whistle-stop visit.
Photo Credit: WatchAnish and Adam Priscak 2012
OK, be honest, what do you really know about Piaget?
Sure, they were (at least up until a couple of years ago) the makers of the world’s thinnest mechanical watch, but what else…?
It seems, to me at least, that for such a large brand (owned by the even larger Richemont group) Piaget hasn’t really got male pulses racing over here in the UK (well, not mine anyway). Granted they have a rich history and are one of the few in-house movement manufacturers yet, with the obvious exception of the Altiplano, they don’t seem to be particular renowned for anything.
I came across this interesting video today via Ariel Adams and I thought it was worthwhile sharing, not least because it specifically focuses on the Australian watch market. Essentially it highlights the plight of independent watchmakers and watch repairers in Australia whose businesses have been significantly impacted by the increasingly restricted supply of spare parts from a number of the larger Swiss brands.
Featured in the video is Max Schweizer, a very well-known and highly respected watchmaker with over 30-years experience based in Sydney, Australia. His company Max Schweizer Swiss Watch Repair is a factory authorized service agent for the likes of Patek Philippe and Piaget amongst others, and Schweizer himself is also specialized and factory trained for Rolex, Chopard and IWC repairs and I can only assume it is one or several of the latter that is causing all the concern.
To be honest I am somewhat conflicted by this video. The strategist in me understands the reasoning behind the brands’ decision to bring repairs in-house, after all it makes sense on multiple levels. Not only does it allow them to ensure quality control standards are maintained it also allows them to maintain a closer relationship with the customer over the lifetime of their purchase. And let’s face it, for all the incredibly talented watchmakers/repairers out there like Max Schweizer there are just as many, if not more, who are somewhat less shall we say ‘gifted’ and who may end up doing more harm than good to your precious timepiece.
On the other hand the artisan in me is profoundly moved by this somewhat saddening evolution of the industry, a development which may well be the death knell for what is already a dying art, especially in Australia. Not to mention the fact that it will severely limit the choices available to the consumer, as Max himself points out in the video.
In the end it’s up to you to make your own decision, either way it is a very well executed video and one certainly worth watching. Of course if you would like to do more than just watch, you could visit the official Save The Time website and sign their petition…
Doettling Colosimo watch safe in leather and spikes
If so, I want to hear from you!
Too often I hear overseas pundits claiming that the Australian market lacks the sophistication required to truly appreciate luxury watches, and even worse, that there aren’t any serious high-end collectors Down Under! Now, I know that’s not the case (heck, I’ve met more than a few of you myself already!) and so I’m on a mission to prove it to our European and North American counter-parts, but I need your help to do it.
So, here’s what I’m proposing. If you fancy yourself a bit of a collector send me an email and tell me all about it. It doesn’t matter if you have two watches or twenty, I’d love to profile you on The Watch Lounge and share your passion with the world. Obviously I will be respectful of any privacy concerns and will only publish information and images that you authorize.
Who knows, it may even cause a couple of industry execs to re-assess why their products aren’t already available in this burgeoning market!
So, what are you waiting for? Help me prove to the world once and for all that Australians not only ‘get’ high-end horology but they can also match it with the best of them when it comes to collecting!
Of course you don’t have to be Australian-based or even Australian for that matter; we don’t discriminate here at The Watch Lounge. If you love watches and you love to collect than we want to hear from you too, no matter where you live!
So go on, send me an email now!