Carole Forestier-Kasapi

Carole Forestier-Kasapi of Cartier

What are the biggest influences that shape your approach to watchmaking?

A very strong influence comes from my childhood. As a child, I played in my father’s watchmaking workshop in France. I was keen on dismantling mechanisms to understand their operation. It’s like going to school—you start by learning the alphabet before you can read.  When you work with a brand such as Cartier, you must relearn the alphabet of the house and study the history and codes of the brand. Then you use those elements to write the next page. The difficulty in all that is to arrive at the right things. Just because you know the alphabet doesn’t make you Shakespeare.

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