I was born in the heart of England in a town that was once a major hub in the world leather industry, manufacturing and exporting everything from wallets to saddles worldwide. Even as a child, I remember many of our neighbours working “piecemeal” on small leather goods such as wallets and purses. Sadly, the industry has since died out, living on only in the nickname of the local football team, and the only possible (and rather tenuous) link between my hometown and watchmaking is lost.
At school, I had no clue what I wanted to do as a career until one day my French teacher showed the class a video of students practising simultaneous interpreting. Before knowing whether my language skills were good enough, or indeed whether I could listen and speak at the same time, I decided that I wanted to be an interpreter. It was easier said than done, but a degree and a postgraduate diploma later I found myself working as an interpreter the European Commission in Brussels.
So how did I progress from Belgium to Switzerland, from interpreting to writing about luxury watches? After love brought me to Switzerland – still as a translator – a chance opening at a major Swiss watch brand allowed me to branch out into writing and subsequently into the field of communications. After a total of five years working at two different watch brands, I made the big switch to the other side of the fence, working for the specialised watch media, and my perspective changed instantly. Having only ever been immersed in one brand, I now get to see the industry in its entirety and share my growing passion for the abundance of creativity and ingenuity that can be found in the small confines of a timepiece.