30 Jan '14, 10pm

INTERVIEW: Giulio Papi, Director Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi

I began my apprenticeship in 1980 and I was alone in my classroom. Nobody wanted to learn this job at this time because of the big Quartz Crisis. A lot of people lost their jobs because of the Japanese Quartz watches and my friends thought I was crazy to learn watchmaking. They thought the mechanical watch was dead. I don't know why, but I thought that maybe even if we stopped making mechanical watches, the world would still need people to repair them. I was lucky – in four years of my apprenticeship I learned maybe 8 years of knowledge, because the teachers had time just for me. My love for mechanics in general became a love of watches, because of a teacher called Jean-Claude Nicolet. He was a passionate man and with him I became passionate for watches. He was so happy when he talked about a new mechanism or calculated something new, I became passionate about watches. H: ...

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