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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 May, 2014, 3:53pm

What do watches have to do with golf clubs? A lot if you ask Fabien Muller, son of Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller. Though only in his mid-twenties, Muller junior has forged a name for himself by applying the intricate craftsmanship of watchmaking to golf clubs. The result is Valedictorian, a line of golf putters.

Muller followed his father's footsteps and entered the School of Watchmaking in Geneva at the age of 15. He graduated in 2004 but, being an avid golf player, he went into business with two partners to create clubs that would rival the precision and craftsmanship of Switzerland's best watches.

Every Valedictorian putter is carved from a block of stainless steel with precision equipment used in watchmaking that can cut metal to an accuracy of five microns. Each putter's centre of gravity has been studied to less than one micron and borrows traditional watchmakers' techniques such as bevelling, polishing and circular graining. Each is assembled and hand-finished by Swiss-trained watchmakers and etched with an edition name and serial number.

Sporting a Valedictorian will put you in the company of tour players Julien Clement, Liebelei Elena Lawrence and actor Ryan Reynolds to name a few. Local celebrities Simon Yam and Eric Tsang have also been spotted swinging with these putters.

The line comes in stainless steel, titanium, platinum, or gold (pink or yellow) with prices ranging from a modest HK$8,000 to HK$226,900. Buyers can customise with a range of grip colours, and names or initials can be engraved on the neck of the club.

But perhaps the most eye-catching shade is the limited edition HK$88,680 chocolate putter. Only 99 of the putters will be produced, with each one featuring a brown grip made from leather with contrasting orange stitching. The steel pin holding the head to the shaft is topped with a brown diamond.

Available at Lane Crawford, stylish golfers can finally possess a putter that matches the precision of their Panerai.