So when you were deciding which watchmaking school to attend, why did you choose Morteau over one in Switzerland?
It wasn’t too easy to get into a Swiss school at this time, or at least, not [if you were] coming from outside Switzerland. I had to choose between three different ones in France and Morteau looked like the most active school, but it was so different from where I grew up. It was on a windy, rainy mountain in a small town, whereas I grew up in the south of France with the sun, so it was a little bit difficult at first. And we would go to school for two months at a time, day and night, only going home for the holidays. So it was a hard choice, but you make many, many friends, and a lot of them are now famous watchmakers. We are a little bit like a family, you know?
Because you were this creative kid from the sunny south of France, do you feel like you stood out a bit compared to the rest of your classmates in this rainy, mountainside school?
We were all different, and that was so fun at that school. People came from everywhere in France and all their different cultures and experiences fed all of our experience. It was a great melting pot. I was a skateboarder, listened to punk rock and hip-hop, and loved football and drawing, and others were completely different. It was fun.