And did I mention that at only 31 years old, Romain is now taking on the watchmaking world with the introduction of his own brand? What he may lack (at present) in commercial, marketing and PR connections, he more than makes up for with vision, drive, talent, passion and having his feet planted firmly on solid "Vallée de Joux" ground.
Every year a smattering of new watch brands appear... and, as quickly, disappear. Most are simply opportunistic business ventures with no soul.
What Romain Gauthier has already achieved is remarkable and speaks for itself; this is what high-end horology should be about. To discover more about this remarkable young man, please click here to read Ian Skellern's article on Romain and his first wristwatch collection.
I met Romain Gauthier by chance a few weeks ago, and was curious to confirm my - very favourable - first impressions. To that end, I recently drove up to Le Sentier in the Vallée de Joux to meet both Romain and his watchmaker, Sebastien, in their newly refurbished atelier.