Recently tennis star — world number 9 — Stan Wawrinka visited the Audemars Piguet workshops in Le Brassus, cradle of Swiss watchmaking, He has been a long-time brand ambassador for Audemars Piguet, so the visit to the workshops seemed fitting — especially since he is still off the courts recovering from a knee injury. Wawrinka is among the very few players who wear their watches while on the court.
He spent some time at the brand’s museum — an amazing museum, I must add — and then visiting the restoration workshops, the high-horology workshops and more. He then weathered the cold and snow for a brief photo shoot.
Audemars Piguet CEO, François-Henry Bennahmias added: “Obviously, everyone knows Stan for his excellent performances on the court, however not many people know that he is also a serious watch lover. We are proud to partner with such an extraordinary athlete who shares our love for creativity.”
I’ve had the good fortune to interview Wawrinka before, who is truly a watch lover. What makes his relationship with Audemars Piguet even sweeter to him is the fact that he is Swiss. In one interview, he said, “I grew up around watches, it is part of the Swiss culture and history. What I like about Audemars Piguet is that they are a Swiss brand and they are a family brand – these things are naturally important to me, and on top of that, we share values of precision and excellence and I like that. I won a grand slam with an Audemars Piguet on my wrist, so I feel it is a great match.”
So, what’s on his wrist as he is on the courts at the Open this week? A specially made Royal Oak Offshore model, presented to him just before the Open. It is a unique piece built specifically for his needs — with a titanium case and a Kevlar on rubber strap.
Audemars Piguet CEO Francois-Henry Bennahmias at Audemars Piguet in Switzerland.