When I was a boy, I was hypnotized by TV. I’d spend hours in front of cartoons and other kids’ shows. It annoyed my mom, because I’d monopolize the screen and she couldn’t watch her favorite shows. Then one day she went shopping and came back bearing a gift that would change my life forever: a Nintendo Game Boy.
Her strategy paid off: The little toy became my inseparable companion. As a teenager, I made some wonderful friends, and we’d often hang out at an arcade called Las Vegas, where my growing addiction to Pac-Man was nurtured. It was great fun, getting lost with my friends in these bulky machines that for us represented a gateway to another dimension.
Many years later, gaming technology has evolved: Today, the wonders of those giant machines fit into small PlayStations and XBoxes. My favorite arcade has closed. Now when I get home from work, I play games like Battlefield: assume the look of my avatar, enter a virtual dimension and go after my enemies.
It’s a far cry from the arcade of my youth, but one thing hasn’t changed: Even in this virtual world, I still meet up with my old friends. Yes, we catch up on what’s going on — when we’re not fighting or killing each other, of course.
Favorite Movie: Matrix
Favorite Quote: “We never have a second chance to do a first good impression”
Favorite Album/Musician: Le fond et la forme (Lofofora)
On My To-Do List: We’ll see what the future holds
I Am: Tolerant, a little crazy and grumpy
If I Weren’t a Watchmaker I Would Be… Who knows?
In 30 Years I’ll Be… Two years away from retirement
Favorite GP Watch: Girard-Perregaux 1966, Full Calendar
GIRARD-PERREGAUX 1966, FULL CALENDAR
Material : pink gold
Dimensions : 40 mm
Crystal : anti-reflective sapphire
Case-back : sapphire glace
Water-resistance : 30 meters
Movement : GP033MO-AL1GA
Caliber : 11 ½ ‘’’
Frequency : 28’800 vibrations/hours (4Hz)
Jewels : 27
Power reserve : min. 46 hours
Functions : hour, minute, full calendar with indicators of the date, day of the week, month and moon-phases, second.
Reference : 49535-52-151-BK6A
The transition from one season to the next is said to yield the most agreeable weather. And despite hints of spring in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, sun and sand are always a welcome respite from snow and ice. To continue Girard-Perregaux’s Young Watchmakers Tour, two of our youthful charges — Lauriane and Lise — jetted down to Sydney, Australia, where a scorching summer is at last easing into autumn. The weather was good enough for them to enjoy Bondi Beach, the famed surfer’s paradise, meander around the harbor to be awed by Jørn Utzon’s Opera House, hop with kangaroos and cuddle koalas. They also found time, of course, to showcase their watchmaking skills to anyone lucky enough to stroll by.