Technique to admire

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 November, 2008, 12:00am

Benjamin Vuchot, Van Cleef & Arpels managing director, Asia-Pacific

What was the first watch you owned? A plastic Swatch, red and small. I continued to collect Swatches with the large black model, 'Don't be too late' version, and the see-through plastic skeleton version.

Which aspect of watch craftsmanship do you like most? I particularly admire the enamel technique called 'champleve' which we use for some special dials on Van Cleef & Arpels precious timepieces. The craftsman begins by engraving the outline of the motif on a gold plate. Each space, called a champleve, is then hollowed out leaving just the contours. It is a very delicate and precise work used on the dials of some unique Van Cleef & Arpels tourbillon watches, like the peacock motif. The end result is spectacular.

What is your favourite time of day? Breakfast with my family. Since our daughter was born last year, we enjoy having breakfast together, which is always a great start to the day.