Although the watch on your wrist is the result of everyone’s precision and rigor, if you look closely, you can still appreciate the personality and wrists of the watchmaking industry leaders behind. Jean-Christophe Babin
Type: Sports
Our company: TAG Heuer
Address: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
BinBabin is the chairman and CEO of TAG Heuer. He is full of energy, likes diving, sailing and skiing, and is a sports person. When he finds all this uninteresting, he will sit behind the steering wheel of a Formula 1 car. The origins of Tag Heuer and the Formula 1 race can be traced back to the 1950s. In these amateur activities, he always took his work with him and used his hobbies to test the strength of new samples. ‘The products coming out of our plant should meet the four Ps,’ he said. ‘Passion, Precision, Prestige, Performance.’ Magali Metrailler
Type: Foresight
Our company: Jaeger-LeCoultre
Address: Le Sentier, Switzerland
‘I was conquered at the first sight of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s world,’ said Magali Metrailler, who barely mentioned that she was only 23 years old at the time, had graduated in architecture and spent three years at the European School of Design in Milan Before she entered Jaeger-LeCoultre, she was already famous in the construction industry. Metrailler is in charge of men’s and sports watches. She has changed the rigid style of watch design with simple design and color inlay. She is regarded as a visionary designer, and her unusual and fresh design concept also provides design inspiration for other fields. Maximilian Büsser
Type: Technology
Company: MB & F
Address: Geneva, Switzerland
Star Trek and Star Wars are important inspirations for Maximilian Büsser. He defined his factory as a ‘conceptual, artistic, and micromechanical’ studio. Büsser himself is an extremely enthusiastic electronics fan and high-tech expert, and he frankly acknowledges that MB & F’s creativity is not based on democratic principles alone: ​​’I chose a solution and listened to the opinions of others, but ultimately made the decision it’s me.’
Demetrio Cabiddu
Type: Thai bucket
Company: Montblanc
Address: Milan, Italy
BidCabiddu has been known as a ‘master watchmaker’ for more than 40 years, but when it comes to his work, he is still so ecstatic. ‘We make our products attractive because we want to inspire the enthusiasm of our audience with our works.’ The watchmaker ‘foreman’ has been working at Montblanc’s Minerva factory since 2007, and he has even more Difficult responsibilities: Cabiddu, the director of the Minerva Institute for Advanced Watchmaking, is passionate about protecting traditional Swiss watchmaking and tapping young talents. Kurt Klaus
Type: Legendary
Company: IWC
Address: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
LauKlaus’ followers call him ‘Einstein of Schaffhausen’, which may be a bit exaggerated, but it can’t be more appropriate. He invented the ‘Da Vinci’ perpetual calendar watch in 1985. This was a milestone in the history of watchmaking and the peak of Klaus’ creation. From then on he was regarded as a legend and his career began to be dull. In 1957, he introduced himself to the then technical director of IWC using only these words: ‘Do you still need a watchmaker?’ For the next 40 years, he continued to provide IWC in Schaffhausen with Various ideas. Today, Klaus has retired for more than ten years, but he is still the brand ambassador and consultant of IWC. Richard Mille
Type: Prophet
Company: Richard Mille
Address: Geneva, Switzerland
Although gold and titanium are important materials for every watchmaker, Richard Mille rarely uses it. Unusual materials, such as Alusic, attracted his attention, which are often used to make satellites or space stations. Mille uses this material to make his timepiece. ‘The value of a material is that it is rare or expensive and a challenge for production. These two situations are special to me.’ He explained the appeal of unusual materials to him. His vision for the future is also very special: soon electronics will occupy an important position in the manufacture of mechanical clocks. Franois-Paul Journe
Type: Perfect
Company: F.P.JOURNE
Address: Geneva, Switzerland
拉丁 The Latin motto ‘Invenit et Fecit’ is decorated on every watch produced by F.P. Journe, which means ‘invented and made’. This is also the company philosophy, emphasizing creativity and craftsmanship in the manufacturing plant. ‘Clock production is a complicated profession. People have to be very careful or they will make mistakes,’ Journe said. He never made mistakes, which ultimately allowed him enough time to stay away from marketing plans and concentrate on his production. ‘As a watchmaker, we must respect the rules of more than 150 years, and only then can we design truly unrivalled timepieces.’