In just 18 years, Sandrine Stern has graduated to one of the biggest jobs in the watch industry: Head of Watch Creation at Patek Philippe. Eve’s Watch talks to her about her journey so far, her career highlights and her views on what women really want in a timepiece.
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Being a larger than life northern chap, those who do not know me, may well be under the misapprehension that I am unaware of my feminine side. However, they would be mistaken. Unlike several of my peers, I can appreciate a skirt cut on the bias. I can often be found thumbing the pages of Vogue holding a cup of Earl Grey with a couple of stem ginger biscuits adorning my fine China saucer. I think my passion for couture began when I studied textiles at school and created the odd garment to fill my wardrobe. I still recall operating a Bernina sewing machine in Mrs Garrett’s classroom. Sadly, I lacked the talent to be an accomplished tailor or fashion designer, but I could always appreciate talent in others. The same could be said about wristwatches.
Saunter through Burlington Arcade. Resist the LaDurée macaroons. You probably don’t need any more luggage from GlobeTrotter. Instead, look in the windows of David Duggan, Somlo Antiques or any of the other shops providing the finest – and possibly largest – selection of vintage watches under one roof. A street away, at the Royal Arcade (try not to stop at Charbonnel et Walker, despite the arch deliciousness of their dark chocolate mint bar or the champagne truffles), the Watch Club has a selection of sought-after gems from Rolex, Hublot and the like. Further up New Bond Street there’s even more….
Still leading the way in both mechanisms and design, Longines this year celebrates its 181st anniversary
Swiss watchmaking powerhouse Longines is a label of firsts. From record-breaking navigational achievements to the world’s oldest trademark, the first LCD display and official timekeeping duties for sporting events as grand as the French Open, F1 and the Olympics, this classic luxury brand is widely acknowledged as a leader in many fields.
Annoushka Ducas is the founder and creator of Annoushka, a fine jewellery collection. Launched in July 2009 the predominantly 18ct gold collection embodies Annoushka’s lifelong obsession with romance and her Russian heritage encapsulated in irreverent designs with a whimsical, fairy-tale quality. Her designs are adored by many a celebrity including the Duchess of Cambridge!
Having begun her jewellery design career in 1980’s Hong Kong, Ducas returned to the UK where she subsequently founded the hugely successful Links of London along with her husband and partner John Ayton – an impressive accolade I’m sure you’ll agree.
Although the modern watch industry now focuses on Swiss Made, England is credited with the birth of precision mechanical watchmaking and from the 1600’s to the 1800’s, English watchmakers were considered to be the best in the world. It was in 17th century London that Ellicott’s legacy began.