Radio Episode 28: François-Henry Bennahmias
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There are not many characters in the watch world that loom very as extensive as François-Henry Bennahmias. The Audemars Piguet CEO has been with the brand since 1994, when he took the leap toward the watch business from the design world, and he’s been in charge of the Le Brassus produce for just about six years now. Under his authority, AP has been one of the most smoking watch brands on the planet; he’s a very savvy fellow, and one that isn’t hesitant to cause some disruption accomplish the privilege results.
HODINKEE senior editorial manager Jon Bues and I plunked down with François at Audemars Piguet’s New York City workplaces only a couple hours prior to commencing the HODINKEE tenth Anniversary Weekend back in December. This was clearly half a month prior AP would disclose CODE 11.59, yet François carried two pieces with him to show us early so we could visit about them, the time-and-date CODE in rose gold with a white dial and the chronograph in white gold with a dark dial. He strolled us through the subtleties of the assortment, from case development to dial plan to the new types inside. Regardless of whether you think you definitely know the watches, this scene offers a chance to hear the reasoning behind them directly from the source.
Despite the way that there was a really solid response to CODE 11.59 on the web and via online media, I discovered it especially fascinating to return and tune in to François’ clarification and both Jon and my responses, untainted by the computerized reverberation chamber and the heap on mindset that appeared to overwhelm half a month back in Geneva. Have no dread however, we additionally cover a huge load of different subjects, AP-related and something else, remembering an intriguing period for François’ own set of experiences when he was the biggest Swatch gatherer on the planet (and we even discover what befell that elite assortment and where it is today).
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You weren’t anticipating that François should roll in with something calm on his wrist, right? No, the CEO has of late been wearing this genuine super watch as his every day companion. What you’re taking a gander at is the Royal Oak Concept Tourbillon Chronograph Openworked Selfwinding, and the name sort of says everything. the watch begins with a 44mm titanium case in the recognizable “idea” shape, which has such a Royal Oak meets Star Wars vibe, and highlights an exceptionally openworked development that allows you to appreciate both the tourbillon and the chronograph in real life. There’s a ton going on with this watch, yet it’s an extraordinary illustration of the combination of intense styling and genuine watchmaking that separates AP in the cutting edge horological landscape.
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